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Telem – Speaking for Israel www.telem.me T he T errible, T errible, I sraeli Apartheid.

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Simple and visual presentation by Telem that exposes the absurdity of claims of Apartheid in Israel


  • 1. The Terrible, Terrible,Israeli Apartheid. Telem Speaking for Israel www.telem.me
  • 2. (Or not)"The Terrible Apartheid" document is our way to showthe awful and un-human apartheid, under which theArab minority and other non-Jewish ethnic groups haveto live in Israel. The following pages will present some ofthe victims of this unbearable regime. This is a "Telem Speaking for Israel" Israel Advocacy kit. Please read, print and share with others. Telem Speaking for Israel www.telem.me
  • 3. Salim Joubran, Supreme Court Judge. Telem Speaking for Israel www.telem.me
  • 4. Judge Gourban was born in 1947. He studied in Acra and graduatedLaw School in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1967 (the yearafter the Six-Days War). In 1982 he became a peace judge in Haifa.During that time he was a law professor in Haifa University. Since2003 he is a judge in the Israeli Supreme Court.In February 2012, during a ceremony in the Supreme Court, whenother judges, as well as Shimon Peres, the president of Israel andBenjamin Netenyahu, the PM, stood up to sing the Israeli anthem,Goubran was standing among them, but he didnt sing.Voices from the Israeli right condemned him for that, but themajority of the political system left, center and right including thePM, supported judge Goubran and respected his right to refrainfrom singing.The Israeli anthem, "ha-Tikva", starts with the words "as long asdeep in the heart / beats a Jewish soul", and speaks about the ancientdesire of the Jewish nation to return home, to the Land of Israel. Inthe IDF, for example, non-Jewish soldiers and officers are excusedfrom singing "ha-Tikva". Telem Speaking for Israel www.telem.me
  • 5. Raleb Majadele, Cabinet Member.Mr. Majadele was raised in Baqa al-Gharbiyye, in the north ofIsrael.He is the eldest of 14 brothers. He turned to business andjoined the Israeli Labor Party. In 2004 he became a member of theKnesset, the Israeli parliament. In 2007 he became the Minister ofScience, Culture and Sport.Mr. Majadele then a member of cabinet objected operation CastLead, that took place while he was at office. Since 2010 Mr. Majadeleis once again a Knesset member.In 2007 he said: "The roots of the Israeli Arab citizens of Israel wereplanted before the state was established. They are residents of thiscountry with rights; their residency and citizenship are not open fornegotiation." Telem Speaking for Israel www.telem.me
  • 6. Mohammad Barakeh, Knesset MemberMr. Barakeh was born in Shefa Amr and studied mathematics in Tel-Aviv University. He joined the Israeli Communist Party and becamea prominent leader in the Israeli Arab community.In 1999 Mr. Barakeh became a Knesset member, as the chairman ofthe Hadash ("The Democratic front for Peace and Equality") party.Hadash calls for the evacuation of the Israeli settlements from Judeaand Samaria, the establishment of a Palestinian state and supportsthe right of return of the Palestinian refugees.Mr. Barakeh is an active MK, arguing strongly for his views andparticipating in rallies and demonstrations. When the secondintifada, a wave of terrorism, began in 2000 he called it "the rightanswer in the right time". When Hezbollah kidnapped and murderedthree Israeli soldiers from Israeli territory, also in 2000, Barakeh saidthat the act was Hezbollahs "right and duty".In 2010 Barakeh visited Auschwitz, as part of a Knesset delegation. Telem Speaking for Israel www.telem.me
  • 7. Elinor Joseph, IDF SoldierElinor grew up in Haifa, and dreamt about studying medicine. Shedecided to volunteer to the IDF in 2010 following her father, whoserved in the Paratroopers Brigade. Being part of the Arab minorityit was not a simple decision, but Elinor followed her dream. Shebecame a medic in the Caracal battalion, an infantry unit, whichincludes both male and female soldiers in a combat role."I was born here," she says. "The people I love live here. My parents.My friends. Its a Jewish country? True. But this is also my land. Icant imagine myself living anywhere else. I think everybody shouldserve. You live here? Go defend your country. So what if I am Arab?" Telem Speaking for Israel www.telem.me
  • 8. Walid Badir, Football PlayerWalid was born in Kafir-Qasim and began playing in his towns teamas a teenager. He was discovered by Hapoel Petah-Tikva and then leftfor Wimbledon, where he scored a goal against Manchester United.He returned to Israel and played for few intense seasons in MaccabiHaifa, taking the championship four times in five years.Today Walid is the captain of Hapoel Tel-Aviv one of the centralclubs in Israel. Since 1997 he plays in the Israeli National Team. Telem Speaking for Israel www.telem.me
  • 9. Mira Awad, Singer and ActressMira was born in Rameh, a village in Galilee. At the age of 18 she leftfor Haifa, to study at the university there. She also joined an Arabrock band and began considering a musical career. She went on tostudy at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music andbecame a success story in Israel, recording with such artists as Noaand Idan Reichel. Mira participated in several Israeli televisionshows and starred in the Israeli Opera and the Cameri Theatre.In 2009 Mira represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contesttogether with Noa. She was the first Arab-Israeli to do so with "ThereMust Be Another Way", a song with Arabic and Hebrew lyrics. Telem Speaking for Israel www.telem.me
  • 10. Rania Okabi, Medical DoctorRania is the first Bedouin woman to become a medical doctor inIsrael. She graduated from Ben-Gurion University in 2006. Comingfrom a very traditional desert society, it wasnt easy for her to goagainst the custom and pursue a career, especially in the medicalfield. She knew the risks: "its hard for traditional Bedouin men toaccept my profession It means many hours not at home andworking nights It wont be easy to find a husband, but it wont beimpossible also."Rania, working in the 21st century medical world, still rememberswhere she came from. "I didnt forget my roots," she says. "I dontconsider myself to be a traditional person, but I respect the Bedouintradition and our culture, which is unique and noble".Hundreds of Bedouin women are studying in universities in Israeltoday, while only two decades ago not a single one reached theacademia. The tribal Bedouin society has strict rules concerning thewomans role in the family and they dont include having a career.In recent years, though, more and more girls get higher educationand find a place in the job market, combining tradition andmodernity. Telem Speaking for Israel www.telem.me
  • 11. ***The purpose of this kit is to show that the Arab-Israeli society inIsrael enjoys freedom and civil rights, just like the Jewish Israelis.Is everything perfect? Of course not. The Arab-Israelis deal with adual identity, trying to find the golden path between the Arab and theIsraeli parts. Israel has yet a long way to go until it will reach trueequality of opportunities and tolerance but so does almost everyother country with a significant minority.Not all the people presented here will praise Israel, but the factremains that weve met politicians, judges, artists, doctors and asoldier people who achieved a position in the Israeli society, peoplewho studied in Israeli universities, people who influence the Israelipolicy and shape the Israeli culture. They all have the freedom ofspeech and they work through the political system in order topromote the Arab-Israeli community.There is much work and we are far from perfection, but hey apartheid? I dont think so. Telem Speaking for Israel www.telem.me