The Times of Israel, February 4, 2014, by RON GERLITZ
In his recent op-ed in The Times of Israel, Ron Gerlitz, Co-Executive Director of ALLMEP Member Sikkuy, writes that when it comes to the Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel, "two contradictory trends are at work simultaneously within Israeli society: trends that encourage equality and trends that oppose it."
He notes, "The political and social forces that are working to curtail the rights of Israel’s Arab citizens have, unfortunately, gained public support and unprecedented power in the government, in the current Knesset, and in the last Knesset, and are achieving their aims in various fields. However, at the very same time and in the very same place, other powerful, influential, and no less numerous forces are working to promote equality and partnership and to develop good, humane, and normal relationships between Jews and Arabs in Israel."
Despite the "severe, deep-seated, and structural inequality between Jews and Arabs in Israel," Gerlitz argues that it is important not to deny a "positive trend" in the treatment and status of Palestinian citizens of Israel: "We should continue to encourage all those working to reduce the gap (in civil society organizations, the media, and especially in government ministries) and provide them with the tools necessary to carry out this process. At the same time, of course, we must redouble the fight against the negative trend in all arenas, including internationally."
Read the full article here.