Inequality Report (Adalah)


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The Palestinian Arab Minority in Israel
March 2011

Today, Palestinian citizens of the state comprise 20% of the total population, numbering almost 1.2 million people.They remained in their homeland following the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, becoming an involuntary minority.
The definition of Israel as “the Jewish State” or “the State of the Jewish People” makes inequality a practical, political and ideological reality for Palestinian citizens of Israel, who are marginalized and discriminated against by the state on the basis of their national belonging and religious affiliation as non-Jews.

The Inequality Report details some of the main legal, political and policy structures that institutionalize discrimination against the Palestinian minority in Israel, and entrench inequalities between Palestinian and Jewish citizens.