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ACRI ‘Celebrates’ Jerusalem Day With Slanted Report

Monday, May 26th, 2014

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, a left-wing group that has accused Israel of “apartheid” and “collective punishment” and rejects Israel’s annexation of Jerusalem as “illegal” has issued it’s East Jerusalem By The Numbers report for 2014. As usual, the report focuses on Israeli “abuses” in the eastern part of the city, but fails to present facts and numbers that challenge the premise that Israel is a racist power bent on discriminating against Arab Jerusalemites.

For instance, the report correctly cites that the Arab’s now constitute one-third of the total Jerusalem population. But somehow, ACRI researchers failed to note that the Arab population has exploded in the city since the Six Day War, from 68,600 in 1967 to slightly under 300,000 today.

Similarly, the report noted that “from 1967-2013 Israel revoked the residency of 14,309 East Jerusalem Palestinians.” Conveniently, however, the report failed to note that since 1980, Jerusalem Arabs have had the option to accept Israeli citizenship. As Israeli citizens, Jerusalem Arabs would have the right to live anywhere in Israel, including Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria. But doing so would imply an recognition of the Jewish State of Israel, something Arabs are unwilling to do -either due to sincere ideological convictions, or because they are afraid of Palestinian Authority retribution were they to accept a blue Israeli ID card.

The report also fails to mention the large majority of Jerusalem Arabs who prefer to live under Israeli jurisdiction than under the thumb of Abu Mazen’s thuggish thieves.

Significantly, the report discusses poverty in Jerusalem, but only in terms that are sympathetic to ACRI “key issues” like Arab Minority Rights, LGBT Rights,Refugees and Asylum and other causes. For instance, the report says that 75.3% of East Jerusalem residents, and 82.2% of East Jerusalem children, live below the poverty line. But there is no mention of poverty, say in the haredi community, where approximately 58 percent of families live below the official government poverty line. Those numbers are certainly less than in the Arab sector, but they are hardly insignificant. For some reason, however, they don’t make it into ACRI’s report.

In the section “Beyond the Separation Barrier,” the report bemoans “the construction of 142 km of the separation barrier, the closure of checkpoints, and a policy of requiring entry permits have cut East Jerusalem off from the rest of the West Bank and led to a weakening in the social and economic conditions of residents.” Of course, the barrier also helped curtail Palestinian suicide attacks on Israeli buses and restaurants, but that fact doesn’t make it into the report. One wonders whether the author of this report would feel safe getting on a bus in western Jerusalem in the absence of the security wall.

One additional, glaring hole in the report concerns the Mount of Olives, Ras al-amid and Ma’aleh Zeitim, all of whom which have seen repeated anti-Jewish violence and anti-Jewish Price Tag attack for many months. The report also fails to mention the Arab “honor killig”  phenomenon, especially amongst the Bedoin population of the Negev. No accurate numbers about the phenomenon in the Negev exist, but locals authorities believe the practice is not uncommon amongst Bedouin tribes

Israeli Civil Rights Group Slams Modi’in on Anti-Haredi Policies

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The Israeli city of Modi’in was slammed from an unlikely direction – Israel’s civil right’s organization, the Association for Civil rights in Israel (ACRI).  Granted ACRI doesn’t have the most objective agenda, and their voice was blatantly absent when it came to the Disengagement in 2005. Nevertheless, they are to be praised for doing the right thing when it comes to Modi’in.

Here’s their press release:

Press Release
October 30, 2012

ACRI to Modi’in Municipality: Restricting Entrance to Public Parks is Illegal Municipality’s ‘overcrowding’ rationale suspected to be a pretext for denying entry to Orthodox Jews from Modi’in Illit

Today (October 30) the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) sent a letter to the Mayor of Modi’in, Haim Bibas, demanding that that he terminate the city’s policy of restricting entrance to the Anava River Public Park during parts of the year.

The municipality of Modi’in-Macabim-Reut enacted the policy – which prohibits nonresidents from entering the park during the summer months and on holidays – prior to the festival of Sukkot in October. Despite the official rationale for the policy – overcrowding in the park – the municipality’s actions raise a suspicion that its true purpose is to exclude Orthodox Jews from neighboring Modi’in Illit.

This is not the first time a local authority has tried to restrict entry to public parks. In 2000, the Israel Union for Environmental Defense filed a petition against the Ra’anana municipality after it began charging nonresidents an entrance fee at one if its city parks. Following the petition, the national law was amended and a clear ban on charging entrance fees to public parks was established. Further discussions in the Knesset emphasized that the purpose of the amendment was to regulate access to public parks for the enjoyment and benefit of the public at large.

Some months ago, ACRI wrote a letter to the municipality of Kiryat Ata, after learning that the city was charging nonresidents entrance fees at its public park. In that case, the suspected purpose of the policy was to prevent the entrance of Arabs from nearby communities.

The letter to Mayor Bibas, written by ACRI Chief Legal Counsel Dan Yakir, warns that the restriction is illegal; it violates the right to equality, and in practice constitutes prohibited discrimination against a religious group. Although the municipality procured a legal opinion from Professor Ariel Bendor that sanctions the policy, ACRI disagrees with the opinion’s conclusions.

Attorney Dan Yakir: “The fact that the park was built on municipal land does not mean that the municipality can do whatever it wants with it. Public space, such as this park, is designated for the public at large. It is unacceptable for local authorities to attempt to restrict the public’s ability to access parks under their control. “

And while we’re on the topic of Modi’in, a friend of mine started getting Halloween orders for food…from multiple residents of…Modi’in.  I guess caroling isn’t enough.

However, one must keep in mind that living in Modi’in is still far better according to the Talmud and the Rambam, than living in the holy cities of Brooklyn, Monsey or Lakewood.

Update: For those not familiar with the story in Modi’in, you can read about it over at AddeRabbi’s blog, a resident of Modi’in. (here and here)

Quote from AddeRabbi blog:

For those not following along at home, my fair hometown of Modiin has barred non-residents from visiting its spacious and beautiful Anabe Park during vacations and on Hol Ha-Mo’ed. This is a result of a pishing contest between Modiin’s Mayor Haim Bibas and Modi’in Ilit’s Mayor Yaakov Guterman, plus it plays into a strong anti-Haredi (and occasionally anti-religious) sentiment amongst a minority of Modiin residents (a political party, Modiin Hofshit, ran on an anti-religious platform and got only a few hundred votes for city council).

The new policy upsets me greatly, and I wanted to see how the policy was being implemented generally. As I got in line to enter the park, I could see that a few cars ahead of me the line was being held up by a Haredi family insisting on entering the park. Since the new regulations allow for Modiin residents to bring guests, I went and invited the family in as my guests. After a while, the guards let us in on that basis. Serendipitously, a reporter from Haaretz was there at the time. Her report is here (Hebrew) and here (English – paywall). The paragraphs relevant to my story are:

“As the argument continued, a Modi’in resident, Eli Fischer, decided to see whether everyone was really being barred from the park, or only those in ultra-Orthodox garb.

“‘He’s my guest, let him in,’ said Fischer, in an effort to help Tirnauer, at first without success. The guards checked Fischer’s identity card, and then started questioning Tirnauer and his family about their relationship. One of the ushers called a municipal security guard to help.”

“’He’s not really your guest, he’s here to make a provocation,’ the security guard told Fischer. But Fischer persisted after the getting approval of his superiors the security guard allowed Fischer and his new acquaintances into the park.

“’The park is empty, and I wanted to see what would happen, since according to the instructions that were publicized, [the park] is reserved for Modi’in residents and their guests,’ said Fischer. ‘I don’t know why they were questioning me.’

“The municipality said that the confrontation involving Tirnauer and Fischer was the first to occur since the instructions were issued, claiming it was a planned provocation by the media.

“’During all the days that entrance to the park was restricted, there wasn’t a single incident, except for one in which a visitor who isn’t a city resident came with a reporter to create a provocation and get a headline,’ the municipality said.

The Hebrew version also includes a Gemara that I cited for the benefit of the reporter, from Sukkah 27b: “All Israel are fit to dwell in a single sukkah.”

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Far Left Group ‘Documents’ Israeli Racism

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

       The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) is a far leftist propaganda group that has just released a report allegedly documenting a skyrocketing rate of “racism” among Israeli Jews against Arabs, in addition to discovering that Israel is a generally oppressive society.

 
      The first point to be made is that nothing coming from ACRI is credible and everything from it should be dismissed as misleading and skewed. ACRI is not a reliable source about anything. The second point is that the same survey supposedly collected for ACRI asked no questions about Arab racism against Jews. How curious. The third point is that none of the questions supposedly indicating growing Jewish “racism” have anything at all to do with racism or bigotry.
 
      ACRI claims to discern an increase of 26% in anti-Arab “incidents” in Israel, although it offers no evidence that any of these “incidents” are really racist. It claims a 100% increase in anti-Arab “hatred” among Jews but does not say how it measures this “hatred.”
 
      From the mediareports about the study, ACRI evidently measures this alleged racism based on the proportion of Jews who want to condition welfare benefits, social perks (like tuition vouchers), and income subsidies on army service. This is racist, insists the ACRI. Never mind that every other nation on earth gives its army vets such benefits, or that no one is stopping any Arabs from serving in the Israeli army and getting the same veteran benefits, or that in any case such a policy would “penalize” Orthodox yeshiva students no less than Arabs.
 
      Many of the indicators of “oppression” used in the ACRI study are meaningless, political biased, and have even less to do with ethnic disparities. For example, the report bewails a drop in the number of hospital beds in Israel per 1,000 population (still among the world’s highest rates), a drop having nothing to do with racism and everything to do with fiscal cuts and budgetary constraints.
 
      ACRI also finds evidence of “oppression” in the structural reforms that Israel’s minister of justice is pursuing. It would be “repressive,” believes ACRI, for an elected cabinet minister to prevent unelected judges from just making up laws and “rights” as they go along in court. The report cries crocodile tears about the hiring of workers via employment agencies rather than as direct employees of companies and business. But there is nothing at all “oppressive” in this; in fact, it’s downright beneficial, as thousands of unemployed people are able to find jobs through manpower agencies.
 
      The ACRI study finds that fully half the Jewish public takes a negative view of exact equality between Jews and Arabs. This is amusing, of course, because the left opposes exact equality for Arabs when it comes to things like conscription or national service for Arabs.
 
      In any case, the wording of the question could be interpreted to mean not legal equality or equal opportunity but equality of results (such as in income homogeneity), a cause beloved by the left and opposed by everyone else.
 
      Fifty-five percent of Jews endorse subsidizing Arabs who want to emigrate from Israel, finds the ACRI report, which labels such sentiment racist. Except that 100% of the Israeli Labor Party and the left supports subsidizing Jews to move out of the West Bank, which evidently is not racist.
 
      Here’s yet another example of Jewish anti-Arab racism in the ACRI report: It turns out Arabs are searched for weapons and explosives at airports more so than Jews. ACRI would prefer a “non-racist non-discriminator” set of security procedures.
 

      In short, the ACRI report is a very useful tool for identifying what is not racism, though it will be picked up by every anti-Semitic organization and website on earth to prove that Israel is an “apartheid entity.”

 

      Steven Plaut is a professor at Haifa University. His book “The Scout” is available at Amazon.com. He can be contacted at stevenplaut@yahoo.com.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/far-left-group-documents-israeli-racism/2007/12/12/

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