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Racism in Israel

Israel’s Struggle From “The Projects”

November 13, 2013

More than a year has passed since the last mass protest of Israel’s social justice movement. It began in 2011, shortly after the Arab Spring and became known as the Israeli Summer. But for most of the Ashkenazi (European) middle class who became politicized by it, the movement evolved into electoral politics. For others, like the reincarnation of the Israeli Black Panthers, a group called “The Not Nice”, the struggle on the streets never ended. On Thursday, Oct 21st, a unique meeting took place in the poorest neighborhood of Tel Aviv. In this meeting the group invited the residents, mostly Mizrahi (Jews from the Middle East and North Africa) to join in building an Israeli struggle from The Projects.

Israel’s New Racism: The Persecution of African Migrants in the Holy Land

October 19, 2013

About 60,000 African migrants have arrived in Israel since 2006, fleeing unrest in their home countries. But upon arrival in the ostensibly democratic country, the migrants have faced intense persecution and have been branded as “infiltrators” by right-wing politicians and activists.

Israel’s New Generation of Racists

March 31, 2013

Incidents of discrimination have doubled each year since 2008 and increasingly perpetrated by youth

Israel’s Land Injustice Perpetuated by a Racist Discourse

March 12, 2013

Efforts to reform Israel’s discriminatory land allocation has met with failure, because mayors of impoverished Jewish communities are loath to cooperate with the mayors of Palestinian and Bedouin towns and villages.

Incitement Against Refugees leads to Racist Attacks in Israel

June 5, 2012

In recent weeks, incitement by government officials, rightist settlers, and poor community members against African refugees seeking asylum in Israel escalated into violence. In may Molotov cocktails were thrown into refugee homes, businesses and one kindergarten. The incident did not lead to casualties but inspired a wave of protests leading to a race riot on May 23rd. The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky spoke with community members who protested against the refugees, with Mohammad Ibrahim, a refugee from Sudan, Rotem Ilan who volunteers to chaperone refugee children home from kindergartens to avoid violence, and journalist Mya Guarnieri.