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 The summer campaign of the Coalition against Racism in Israel in cooperation with the Tmura Center for the Prevention of Legal Discrimination and the Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow against selection at places of entertainment.

first Published  : 3/15/2012 12:18:12 AM   Last Updated: 3/15/2012 12:18:12 AM

   

In the middle of summer, the members of the Coalition, all volunteers, went out to eliminate a familiar and ugly phenomenon at places of entertainment and nightclubs: selection.  This conduct is forbidden by law, but many of those attending the places of entertainment accept it as an integral part of the Israeli night scene.  In order to advise people of their legal rights, we have issued in cooperation with the Tmura Center for the Prevention of Legal Discrimination a list of legal rights explaining simply and in detail what selection is, how it is desirable and possible to document it in order to file a complaint in court.  To see and download the list of rights press here.

 

In the course of August and September we went out to places of entertainment all over Israel wearing identical shirts, armed with the list of rights, stickers and water bottles.  We met thousands of people looking for entertainment in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Natanya and Bir as-Sab.  We explained their rights to them, we heard their stories and experiences, we stood with them in line at the places of entertainment in order to observe the phenomenon at first hand.  We learned that there is selection everywhere, but it is done in various ways and against different minorities.  We became familiar with the phenomenon of text messages received by the selectors from a hidden entity, of booking places in advance, decisions taken at a glance by security personnel concerning the party-goers, deciding who is drunk, violentdangerous.  In Bir as-Sab only students are permitted to enter places of entertainment, and are thus separated from the residents of Bir as-Sab.  What is common to all places - they all exclude those with an oriental appearance, Arabs and Ethiopians.  Selection is aimed mainly at men, while women tend to suffer from it much less.

 

In addition, we set up a page in Facebook and a website dealing with the phenomenon of selection, where one can read stories, obtain legal information and of course - apply to us for advice.

 

Special thanks to people who accompanied the campaign closely: Shai Ziv, Chen Sharabi and Amit Abutbul.