- The State of Israel practices racism and discrimination
in its laws towards the Arab population since before imposing the racist
marriage law which was passed by the Parliament on the 13 July 2003. The
Israeli Parliament voted to block Palestinians who marry Israelis from
becoming Israeli citizens or residents, erecting a new legal barrier as
Israel finished the first section of a new physical barrier against Palestinians
- After occupying the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the Six-Day
War of 1967, Israel began permitting Israelis who married residents of
the territories to apply for their spouses in Israel under a program of
family unification. Since signing the Oslo agreement, Israel began restricted
the program of family unification, they even restricted the family permits
for staying in Israel. Furthermore, the Interior Ministry of Israel confiscated
hundreds of Israeli citizenship IDs from Israeli Arabs from the East of
- 1997 - These men are waiting at the main entrance to
the Shabak office at the Civil
- Administration in Hebron. They have applied for permits
to stay in Israel, for which they have applied. They will probably be asked
to collaborate with the occupation.
- On July 2002, after the occupation threw me out of my
house in Hebron, and while I was denied by the Israeli government the right
of traveling to Austria, and throughout my illegal staying in Jafa, I demonstrated
in the center of Tel Aviv with Gush Shalom and the Ta'ayush Arab-Israeli
peace movement against the racist discrimination law which was imposed
by the Israeli government against the Arab population. The racist law which
was imposed by the government was preventing Arabs from building houses
or to buy land near the area of the Jewish settlements which build in the
middle of their cities and villages in what is called Israel.
- The tensions have been growing between Israel's Jewish
and Arabs populations since before the Intifada broke out on 29 September
2000. Actually, the State of Israel practiced the racist marriage law even
during the Peace time before officially imposing it. The Israeli-Arab citizens
who married Palestinians were issued by the Civil administration of the
Israeli Army a staying permit in Israel for not more than six months. Even
in such cases the Israeli civil administration did not grant a permit for
these people, and they were denied the right to live normally with their
families in Israel. In cases which I investigated and published in the
media, the husbands were divorced, and the children have to pay the taxes
for the Israeli racism.
- The civilized State offered some of these Palestinians
who were married with Israeli-Arabs who needed a staying permit, to spy
for Israel as a condition for granting them the staying permit. The people
who refused the Israeli offer of spying, were not granted a staying permit
in Israel with their families, and they had to get divorced.
- 1997 - These three men are waiting in front of the Shabak
office in the Civil Administration
- in Hebron. They were asked to collaborate with the occupation
after having applied for
- permits to stay in Israel with their families, but refused.
The Shabak prevented me from
- entering this area after these pictures.
- The Israeli-Arabs have been used by the Israeli Parliament
members as mediators between them and the Israeli Interior Ministry to
grant a staying permit. After the Intifada broke out the situation become
more complicated. In 2001, three Israeli Parliament members mediated between
the Interior Ministry and an Israeli-Arab who was was engaged to a Palestinian
woman from the West Bank. After three months, the bride, Iman, was granted
a permit for 24 hour for staying in Israel with her new husband.
- Mrs. Ochrochya Al-Tayeb, an Israeli Arab from Jafa has
been married to a Palestinian man from Gaza sssssince a couple of years.
Last year, during 2002, she visited her family with her child, but she
was prevented from returning to Gaza. The child suffered deep psychological
pain. The mother asked everyone if they could help her to return home in
Gaza or grant her husband a staying permit in Israel. The last mediator
was the Parliament member Ilan Shalge from Shinui party, but her petitions
were refused every the time, and her petitions are being blocked by the
Israeli interior Ministry until now. Ms. Al-Tayeb will probably be forced
to a second divorce.