Practical solidarity with Israel's Palestinian workers
- The East Jerusalem workers of the Israeli Antiquities Authority, sacked by the agency employing them in order to avoid legislation on sub-contracted work.
- The 150 Arab crossing guards facing unemployment due to discriminatory practices from Israel Railways.
"Hi B I am sending this privately regarding a blog entry you posted. Here some experience from my work with Wahat al Salam ~ Neve Shalom.
The term Israeli Arab is out of date... Most people to whom this term applies will refer to themselves as Palestinians with Israeli citizenship or Palestinian Israelis.
The BBC still refers to Arab villages in Israel because using the words Palestinians with Israeli citizenship is obviously upsetting some quarters... Palestinians say the words Arab Israeli denies them their identity as being part of the Palestinian people, which surely is part of the wider Israeli agenda to distinguish between the two.
In WaSNS sessions the issue often emerges and surprises Jewish Israelis who initially call this a betrayal of being a proper citizen of the state. They say if you want to be a Palestinian cross the border, and denounce your Israeli citizenship, Palestinians say they can be both, and have the right to be.
If you want you can publish this as a comment, so that others can learn the point, but I felt it appropriate to write it in a private email first.