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Preface

first Published  : 28/07/2015   Last Updated: 28/07/2015 

   

The Coalition Against Racism in Israel (hereinafter: the Coalition) monitors, gathers and documents racist events occurring in Israel in a specified 12-month time period, from March to February. These events are formulated into an annual report published yearly for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21. The report seeks every year to present a situation report of the racist events that occurred during that year. The report usually documents acts of racial discrimination towards different groups and communities, and towards individuals in these groups: Arab citizens, Mizrahim, Russian speakers, citizens of Ethiopian origin, and refugees and migrants, both in Israeli-occupied territories and within the 1967 borders. On account of the severe events of 2014, foremost among them Operation Protective Edge, we have decided to issue a special edition of the report that will not include the usual chapters concerning acts of discrimination in sports, in the academy, towards veterans of the Soviet Union, racial discrimination by state institutions or attacks against religious sensibilities. The full report will be available soon on the Coalition website.  For now we wish to focus our attention on a series of acts leading to a slippery slope, beginning with discriminatory legislation and racist stances taken by elected officials, and ending with war and unrestrained violence opposed by security forces. The Coalition has decided to postpone publishing the report findings for the period after the elections for the 20th Knesset and to include a special chapter concerning the elections.

This report is thus a focused presentation that includes instances of racial discrimination expressed through legislation, through the stances of elected officials and opinion leaders, through the conduct of the security forces, through Operation Protective Edge and through  the 2015 election campaign.

Does the report accurately represent reality?

The material gathered throughout an entire year by the report’s authors and the partner organizations is mainly based on press releases as well as on racist events that did not receive press coverage yet were handled by different community-focused organizations. The question regarding the gap between the report and reality is one that is asked every year, despite the thorough work of gathering the material and documenting the events that will be included. We are aware that the report does not project reality at its true severity and that the accumulated documentation is less than the actual acts of racial discrimination since not all cases are brought to the medias attention. Nonetheless, we strive to obtain and organize the largest amount possible of racist events of different levels. We also see great importance in publishing one unified source for promoting the struggle against racial discrimination in Israel. As mentioned, we wish to focus the attention of this publication on the extreme face of reality as it was expressed during the past year. The aim of the report is first and foremost to make information regarding racism accessible to the general public, to policy and decision makers, to different human rights organizations in Israel and abroad, as well as to the organizations that make up the Coalition. We hope that detailed study of the report and consideration of its data will allow different organizations and institutions to reconsider their work strategies and to determine priorities for field action according to its findings.