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posted 02 September 2003 11:32 AM      Profile for evenflow        Edit/Delete Post
Israeli Panel Cites Anti-Arab Bias

Published on Tuesday, September 2, 2003 by the Boston Globe
Israeli Panel Cites Anti-Arab Bias
Ties Citizens' Deaths to Country's Attitude

by Charles A. Radin

JERUSALEM -- A high-level commission that investigated the police killing of 13 Arabs at the beginning of the current, three-year armed struggle between Palestinians and Israelis ruled yesterday that the root cause of the deaths was systematic discrimination by Israel against its Arab population.

This long-term, pervasive discrimination drove Arab residents of Israel to desperate rage, the commission said, and caused police to react with undue force when the Arabs rioted in sympathy with the Palestinians of the occupied territories in early October 2000.

The unanimous findings of the so-called Or Commission -- whose members were Supreme Court Justice Theodor Or, Nazareth District Judge Hashim Khatib, and Shimon Shamir, a veteran Israeli envoy to the Arab world -- marked the first time a major institution of the Israeli state has declared the existence of widespread, institutionalized prejudice against the country's Arab minority. About 18 percent of Israel's residents are Arabs.

The commission also found that top political and police officials were derelict in their duties to prevent the violence, contain it once it was started, and restrain the use of lethal force by officers in the field.

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posted 02 September 2003 11:59 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
The Grope did cover this, although not this well.

"More substantive is what the report says about the need to end discrimination against the minority," said Ghanem, a Haifa University political scientist who gave expert testimony to the commission. "They say more than has ever been said before about the need to recognize and guarantee the rights of the minority.

"But we are still very far from dealing with the problems," he said. "This is a Jewish state, created for the Jewish people. Being Jewish and serving Jewish needs is the foundation of this state. They are not talking about changing that."

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