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ARABS IN ISRAEL HAVE-BEEN / ARE OFTEN 1ST CLASS CITIZENS, RECEIVING PREFERENTIAL TREATMRNT

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ARABS IN ISRAEL HAVE-BEEN / ARE OFTEN 1ST CLASS CITIZENS, RECEIVING PREFERENTIAL TREATMRNT

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Prevelant preferential treatment for Arabs, especially in land issues in court, and to Arab students

San Francisco Jewish Bulletin, May 4, 1973 -
Jewish Students & Minorities
Behold this statement from the Dean of the Law School of Tel Aviv University: "If we were to apply the ordinary-criteria which we apply to Jewish students, and if we were to follow the rules of equality in their technical sense, we would have few Arab students
here. Thus, despite our belief in equality for all, we have had to apply discrimination in reverse in order to ensure the group rights of the Arabs as such to participate in the legal life of the country.
This is merely one demonstration that group rights have a substantive meaning as distinct from the right of the human being as such."
This is an expression of preferential treatment, practiced by the Israel on behalf of affirmative action for Arab students.
https://jcrc.org/uploads/JEWISH_STUDENTS_AND_MINORITIES_MAY_4,_1973.pdf

Affirmative Action Program for Local Under-Resourced Arab Students | RIS

Program Spotlight: Affirmative Action Program for Local Under-Resourced Arab Students

Kidma-Sadarah is a mechina (preparatory program) designed for outstanding Arab students of a lower socioeconomic standing who have graduated from East Jerusalem high schools. Students learn Hebrew, English, math, social studies, and other skills in order to prepare for entry to Israeli universities. The goal of the program is to provide these students with opportunities for growth and development that otherwise may not have been available to them. The program began in 2015 with 70 students, and has now grown to 140 students in the 2016-2017 academic year.
Kidma-Sadarah, translated as "headway," is part of a national initiative to make higher education accessible to Israel's minority groups
https://overseas.huji.ac.il/hebrew-university-jerusalems-rothberg-international-school/newsletters/program-spotlight/

Expulsion from 'Peace House' in Hevron?,
March 21, 2007
... The extreme-left group Peace Now has been pressuring Peretz to expel the Jewish families, claiming that Jews should need special government permission to buy Arab houses. The group has made no similar request requiring special permission for Arabs to buy Jewish homes.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/121909

Israeli Court Orders Barrier Rerouted

A boy waved a Palestinian flag at an Israeli truck at the barrier in Bilin on Tuesday after Israel's top court ruled it must be rerouted. Credit...Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press

By Isabel Kershner
Sept. 5, 2007
JERUSALEM, Sept. 4 — In its latest decision overruling Israel's influential security establishment, the High Court of Justice here on Tuesday ordered the government to reroute a section of its separation barrier that had split a West Bank village from much of its farmland.
Although this is not the first time that Israel's High Court has ruled in the Palestinians' favor in a case about the barrier, this case has taken on a special significance as ...
https://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/05/world/middleeast/05mideast.html

Arab Housing at Jewish Expense - Inside Israel - Israel National News
Jun 19, 2009 · So says a leading Jerusalem activist, regarding a new Interior Ministry- approved municipal plan to increase Arab...

Arab Housing at Jewish Expense

Jerusalem city plan to increase Arab housing and reduce religious housing has activists up in arms.

Hillel Fendel , 19/06/09 14:33

"Only if all the religious parties in the municipality quit the coalition is there a chance to stop this travesty." So says a leading Jerusalem activist, regarding a new Interior Ministry-approved municipal plan to increase Arab housing and reduce religious housing in the capital.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat signed the plans two months ago, but opponents are considering filing a petition against them in the Supreme Court. "The entire process was fraught with irregularities and illegalities," says one activist, who does not yet wish to be identified. "For instance, the public forum was heavily weighted to the left with Arab and left-wing groups, without equal representation for nationalist and religious groups."
The new plans greatly restrict the construction of "sukkah porches" – i.e., porches with no ceiling or obstruction above, enabling residents to observe the Sukkot holiday without having to build Sukkahs outside the building.
In addition, 14,000 new apartments are being planned in Arab neighborhoods, while plans for 12,000 apartments in hareidi-religious areas have been shelved.

Another clause in the new city zoning plan stipulates that the Mt. Scopus-Beit Orot municipal park area will be used to build a new Arab neighborhood.
Especially infuriating to Jewish Jerusalem land groups is the designation of Shaar HaMizrach, a Jewish-owned area run by Aryeh King near the French Hill neighborhood, as a municipal garbage dump. The area has been the source of many battles in the past, and King says that Arab groups have long been pushing to have the area declared non-residential.
Politically-Based Discriminatory Trend
The Sanhedrin, a group of leading rabbis who wish to revive the traditional High Rabbinical Court known in Talmudic times by the same name, has listed the following objections:
"The plans indicate a politically-based discriminatory trend said to be necessary in favor of the so-called Palestinian population, at the expense of the Jewish population. This is manifest in the form of plans to change the demographic balance in the city. The plans also include leaving areas for constructing Arab governmental buildings – thus advancing the current trend of dividing the city into two political entities."

It is also noted that certain employment designations – such as higher education, government, bio-technology and medicine – will be granted preferential treatment, thus discriminating against the hareidi sector, in which these fields are less popular.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/131961

MK Danon: Keep Barak Away from Running Yesha - Inside Israel - Israel ...
Apr 5, 2012 · ... studies that showed how the CA under Barak gave far greater preferential treatment to Arabs in Judea and Samaria
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/154527

A Jewish town or an Arab town?
Jan 25, 2017 · ... in urban communities, thus justifying a policy of preferential treatment to Arabs, allowing Arab- only towns
https://m.jpost.com/opinion/a-jewish-town-or-an-arab-town-479581/amp

Non-solution to a Non-crisis | The Jewish Press - JewishPress ...
Aug 28, 2017 · ... higher education, for example – Arab citizens arguably get preferential treatment.
https://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/abu-yehuda/non-solution-to-a-non-crisis/2017/08/28/

Holocaust survivor demolishes Israel comparison - Inside Israel - Israel ...
May 10, 2016 · In the state of Israel, Arab students can study anywhere they like, and in addition, they are given preferential treatment..
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/212051

'No security for Israelis till terrorists go free' - Middle East - Israel National News
Apr 17, 2016 · Jailed Arab terrorists in fact receive preferential treatment over jailed criminals, enjoying numerous perks.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/211003

Report: AG to Recommend Disqualifying Otzma's Marzel ...
Aug 13, 2019 · ... so we checked and discovered a steady preferential treatment of Arab Israelis: according to a 2009 study, while the proportion of residents in the Arab municipalities in Israel is about 14% of the overall population, they only collect 2% of the national income from property taxes, while receiving no less than 38% of the adjustment grants. And in 2013, the Arab municipalities received aid to the tune of NIS 1 billion compared with 1.6 billion for Jewish municipalities, meaning that the Arab municipalities received about NIS 1,000 per capita, compared with only NIS 258 in the Jewish municipalities (Source: Mida).
... Israeli Arabs ... they certainly take quadruple their share of the national treasure.
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/religious-secular-in-israel-israel/report-ag-to-recommend-disqualifying-otzmas-marzel-gopstein/2019/08/13/

Israel Court Rejects Law Legalizing Thousands of Settlement Homes
9 June 2020 · Palestinian landowners will now be able to move ahead with lawsuits to recover privately owned property
http://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/09/world/middleeast/israel-supreme-court-west-bank-settlements.amp.html

Israel must curb the imperious Supreme Court – opinion
By DAVID M. WEINBERG
JUNE 11, 2020 21:53
... Given the current makeup of the court, decisions that employ such supple and flexible principles invariably are skewed in favor the liberal side of the political spectrum.
And thus, the court has ruled in recent years with a liberal fist on allocation of KKL-JNF land, Palestinian residency rights in Israel, ...commerce on Shabbat and more.
Further back, Barak's High Court ruled it "unreasonable" to close the Palestinian Authority's headquarters in Jerusalem, despite the affront to Israel's sovereignty in Jerusalem occasioned by its operation.
The court ruled it "unreasonable" to compromise and close Bar-Ilan Street in Jerusalem for several hours on Shabbat, despite the fact that a public committee of prominent religious and secular Jews – which was far more representative of Israeli society than the court! – had found otherwise.
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/israel-must-curb-the-imperious-supreme-court-opinion-631179

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