In Jaffa, Israeli racism towards Arabs is routine

10.10.2011                      12.Tischrei. 5772

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In Jaffa, Israeli racism towards Arabs is routine

The problem in Jaffa is not that some kids scrawled 'Death to the Arabs' on a grave, but the racist treatment Arabs receive on a daily basis; Israel's Arab minority is treated as an enemy.

A meeting between the head of the Israel Police and a group of Arab notables is never something that sounds good. I come to the well-kept community center in the Arab Ajami neighborhood in Jaffa where the meeting is to take place. A Christian notable with a huge gold cross comes through the door while a correspondent for the British newspaper The Guardian checks with the tall reporter from the Ynet website as to what exactly is going on.
Then in comes Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino, with an entourage of other senior police officials. As Danino smiles, spokesman's office staff try to get the reporters and cameramen out of the room. "I came for a private talk. No media," the police commissioner announces, as if the substance of this whole meeting isn't media-related….