Our May Newsletter: here's what the Mossawa Center has done to counter the massive escalation in persecution against Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel.
Under the orders of the Netanyahu-Ohana government, and with significant support by the Jewish supremacist Knesset Member Itamar Ben Gvir, the Israeli police arrested close to 2,000 activists, citizens, lawyers, human rights defenders, and public officials.
According to data obtained by the Mossawa Center, the prosecutor's office has filed 263 indictments, of which only 35 are against Israeli Jews and 350 are against Palestinian citizens.
A Haifa court extended on Monday the detention of two residents of the Arab city of Umm al-Fahm, held over suspicions of running over police officers two weeks ago. After the alleged incident, police officers fired at the escaping car, killing 17-year-old Mohammed Kiwan.
A delegation of officials at the Ministry of Finance visited the city of Sakhnin with the aim of examining the development needs of the city in terms of industry, employment, and the environment. This is part of the Mossawa Center's work to expand development of industrial zones in Arab localities.
At its home in the Carmel Cultural Center in Haifa, the Mossawa Center held its annual "March Culture" festival in celebration of Palestinian culture, literature, and art.
The Mossawa Center calls on all human rights activists to confront all forms of racism and discrimination in Israel and around the world.
On Wednesday, March 10, the Mossawa Center hosted briefing attended by over 30 political attaches, ambassadors, and members of the diplomatic corps in Israel about the situation of the Arab community during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the lead up to next week’s elections.
For the past several weeks, Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel in the city of Umm al-Fahm have been peacefully protesting every Friday against police brutality and neglect. Protesters are calling for an end to the wave of crime and violence that has plagued the Palestinian Arab community.
A screening of the film "There is a Field" shows the strong solidarity between Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel and African-Americans in their struggle against Police brutality.
Israeli police shot Ahmed Diab in the eye while on his way home from the funeral of Ahmed Hijazy, another Palestinian Arab citizen who was unjustly killed by police only a week prior.
The Mossawa Center's "Solidarity" conference - an unprecedented first step in promoting multi-ethnic solidarity between Israel's marginalized groups - provided a crucial platform for activists and social justice advocates to promote the rights of their respective groups through solidarity.
The State Budget and Economic Development Conference in the Arab Community recommended immediate action be taken to secure the funds meant for the Palestinian Arab community from the 2020 budget, and to begin work on the demands of the community from the 2021 budget.
Discriminatory policies by Israeli banks have deepened poverty and borrowing from the black market in the Palestinian Arab community.
The Mossawa Center's annual state budget analysis finds that the scarcity of funding allocated to the Palestinian Arab community paints a sharp and clear picture of the systematic discrimination it faces.
The Mossawa Center expressed its support in the appointment of Hassan Tawafra, a Palestinian Arab, as the Director of the Economic Development Authority for the Arab Society, following its petition to the Ministry of Social Equality.
Promising Palestinian Arab university students taking part in the Mossawa Center's advocacy training program aim to equip themselves with the knowledge and tools to advocate for the rights of the Palestinian Arab community in Israel.
The Mossawa Center demands the Ministry of Finance to fund a plan for the development of industrial zones in Arab towns worth NIS 472 million (~$140 million), in response to the the Ministry of Finance's decision to ignore the program proposed by the Ministry of Economy.
On August 4, 2005, Natan Zada, an IDF soldier, committed a hate-filled massacre against Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel in the city of Shefar'am. His actions were a direct result of racist incitement by rabbis and political leaders in the Tapuach settlement.
Deliberate neglect and systemic discrimination by the Israeli government has lead to a severe lack of industrial zones in Palestinian Arab localities, stifling their growth and development significantly.
Marking two years since the enactment of the Nation-State Law, the Mossawa Center called upon the international community to pressure Israel to fully repeal the Nation-State Law and to restore all the civil rights and protections that Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel are entitled to.
In the early hours of the morning, a demolition team, escorted by heavily armed police, rolled into the village and demolished the livelihood of a local fisherman in the Palestinian Arab village of Jisr al-Zarqa - the poorest locality in Israel - without any warning.
The Mossawa Center hosted a webinar exploring the prospects of Israeli annexation through the eyes and experiences of Palestinian citizens of Israel. Moderated by Dianna Buttu, the webinar included panelists Jafar Farah, founder of the Mossawa Center, and Dr. Hanna Swaid, former Knesset Member.
The Mossawa Center expresses full solidarity with the victims of police violence in the African American community in the United States and will continue to deepen international and local solidarity with groups suffering from racism and violence.
Join the Mossawa Center in exploring the situation on the ground for the Arab minority in Israel amidst the Coronavirus and the latest political developments, with panelists MK Dr. Yousef Jabareen of the Joint List and Professor Fahed Hakim, Head of Nazareth Hospital EMMS.
EU Ambassador Emanuele Giaufret, accompanied by Mashreq official in the European Foreign Ministry Colin Scicluna, visited the Palestinian town of Jisr az-Zarqa - one of the poorest and most underdeveloped localities in Israel - to witness first hand its dire situation and Mossawa's work in it.
In the upcoming elections, the political parties representing the Arab Palestinian community in Israel will face both low voter turn-out and a continued drift of votes to Jewish parties.
The "Cameras Law" that was approved by the Israeli cabinet, has been thwarted before even reaching a first reading in the Knesset. Netanyahu's efforts to suppress the Arab vote seem to have been foiled for the time being.
Following the dramatic decline in voter turnout in Arab localities and the poor performance of the Joint List, calls for a reevaluation in general are growing for the Joint List and the Hadash party in particular.
The close ties and cooperation that we have seen in recent days between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the extreme, far-right Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Strength) party led by Itamar Ben-Gvir has brought to light the harsh reality of Netanyahu’s decade-long grip on power in Israel.
Israeli parties have submitted their final lists for the upcoming 2021 Legislative Elections. As the United Arab List splits from the Joint List, Jewish parties have nominated Palestinian Arab candidates for the Knesset in an attempt to win over Palestinian Arab voters.
The upcoming fourth election is a crucial turning point for Palestinian Arabs and Israel alike. The neglect of Palestinian Arab citizens in Israeli politics is holding back any profound change that many seek to achieve. It is to recognize the power Palestinian Arabs have in bringing about change.
On the 72nd anniversary of the International Human Rights Day, the Mossawa Center is highlighting the ongoing struggle of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel for equality and justice.
A solemn funeral, in the presence of the Arab and Palestinian communities and political leaders, was held for prominent and beloved political activist Saba Shami.
After reviewing the draft of the government’s plan to combat organized crime in the Arab community, the Mossawa Center expresses its reservations about the contents of the plan and rejects large parts of it.
Erik Ullenhag, the Swedish Ambassador to Israel, expressed his desire to strengthen the relationship with the Palestinian Arab community, during his visit to the Mossawa Center in Haifa.
The Mossawa Center demands an increase in the budgets earmarked for the Palestinian Arab public towards 2021, after the budgets earmarked for Arab localities according to Resolutions 922 and 1480 have not been implemented since the beginning of the year.
Last night, a dear friend of the Mossawa Center and Palestinian-American Arab activist, Saba Shami, passed away at the age of 65 following a bout with cancer.
Mossawa Center condemns Gantz's latest comments stating that he will never form a governing coalition with Palestinian Arab parties. Mossawa Center condemns this latest maneuver in the strongest possible terms and reiterates the pressing need to build a progressive coalition within Israel.
Mossawa Center vehemently condemns the bigoted and hate filled appeal to the Central Elections Committee by Likud MKs to ban Joint List MK Hiba Yazbak from running in the upcoming elections.
The Mossawa Center condemns Benjamin Netanyahu's latest round of incitement against Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel at a so-called "emergency" Likud rally.
The Mossawa Center stands in solidarity with the Ethiopian community in Israel following the shooting of 19 year-old Solomon Tekah at the hands of Police officers.
Friends of Mossawa recently returned from a two-week tour of North America during which it brought the voices of Palestinian citizens of Israel into the public discussion in the United States and Canada.
As part of the Mossawa Center’s ongoing work since 1999, the Socio-Economic Department of the Center drafted an emergency budget proposal that can be incorporated into the approved state budget for 2021-2022.
In this preliminary report we will try to describe the chain of events that occurred from the beginning of May 2021, as it has been documented by the Mossawa Center.
COVID-19 has revealed the housing shortage and labor force crises that have plagued Palestinian Arab localities for years. New data show the true extent and impact of these issues.
Commemorating 20 years since the suppression of the October 2000 demonstrations, which led to 13 Palestinian Arab civilians killed by Israeli police, the Mossawa Center calls for an overhaul of Israel's security, policing, and judicial institutions.
A scathing new report by Human Rights Watch highlights dire realities of discriminatory planning policies by the Israeli government to squeeze and suffocate Palestinian localities in Israel.
An analysis by The Mossawa Center reveals the worrying truth behind the Israeli election results and the important, yet dangerous, role identity politics played in the elections. The report also outlines changes the need to take place in order for meaningful peace building to take place.
Following the Likud and Right-wing bloc's win, gaining a total of 59 seats between them with 90% of the votes counted, as well as the surge of the Joint List to 15 seats, here are the possible trends and outcomes following Israel's March 2020 elections.
Following his failure to form a governing coalition, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has tapped incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rival and opposition leader Yair Lapid to take a shot at forming a coalition. If Lapid fails to form a coalition, a fifth election will ensue.
Palestinian Arab women in Israel still face many barriers both at home and in the workplace. It is time to put their challenges in the spotlight on this year International Women's Day.
Mossawa Center Board Member Dr. Hala Espanioly on the challenges Palestinian Arab women must face in terms of political participation and why it is crucial for society to engage women fully the political and public spheres.
Following the dramatic surge in Arab voter turnout in the recent Israeli elections, a heavy burden of responsibility has fallen on the shoulders of the Joint List - gaining a unique position of power, where it will have unprecedented influence over the formation of the next government coalition.
An in-depth summary of all our activities throughout the year in the various fields we have worked in including State budget advocacy, solidarity, civil society, youth, and international advocacy.
Advocating to secure funds for Palestinian Arab community, meeting with Swedish Ambassador, and more.
The Mossawa Center's annual conference on the state budget and economic development, solidarity, and fostering the future advocates of the Palestinian Arab community.
A superbly productive month for the Mossawa Center! We covered everything from the October 2000 events, to solidarity, to the state budget, and more!
Netanyahu saves himself from fourth election at the expense of Palestinian Arab community, solidarity campaign in Jisr az-Zarqa, and more.
Merciless demolition in Jisr AzZarqa, workshops on state budget advocacy, and renovating the Mossawa Center's library.
As Netanyahu plans to use annexation to destroy all chances for a Two-State Solution to take place, coronavirus cases spike dramatically in Israel. The Mossawa Center, meanwhile, helps save the sports and fishing building in Jisr al-Zarqa from demolition.
Police brutality, institutional discrimination, and annexation - a dangerous month to be a minority.
As with minorities in the United States, the Palestinian Arab minority in Israel has continued to struggle with the coronavirus outbreak.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread globally, the Palestinian Arab community in Israel is at greater risk of suffering from the virus.
From the Israeli elections and what it could mean for Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel and Netanyahu, to a new Mossawa Center Executive Director being appointed; it has been a busy February!
From Trump's 'Deal of the Century' to our roundtable discussions with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Joint List member Aida Touma-Sliman, January was a very busy month!
From exhibits at the United Nations to meetings with ambassadors, read all about the work we've accomplished in November.
Our October 2019 Newsletter covers all major events and projects we've worked on for the month.
Friends of Mossawa and the Mossawa Center recently returned from a two-week outreach program in the United States and Canada. The tour, which was led and organized by Friends of Mossawa, included meetings and events in Washington, D.C, Toronto, Ottawa, New York, and New Jersey.