Kfar Sava's Neir Medical Center banned Arab teachers and students from speaking Arabic. It's one of three official Israeli languages along with Hebrew and English.
Three Israeli Arab families complained. Three teachers instruct hospitalized Jewish children. One's on staff to teach Arab kids. Education Ministry orders no longer permit Arabic.
Parents demanded an explanation. They're humiliated and alienated. They wrote:
"This is supposed to be an ideal place for coexistence, where the two peoples can meet, and need each other's support to get through the ordeal in one piece."
"We expected to hear Jewish teachers talking Arabic, not preventing Arab teachers from talking in their own language, which would make it easier for the children from the Arab community and make their stay in the hospital more pleasant."
Hospital management said children's ward classrooms are operated by Israel's Education Ministry. Medical staff have no say.
The Mossawa Center (MC) human rights organization also demanded an explanation. Its attorney, Sameh Iraqi, called prohibiting Arabic lawless and racist.
"In view of the racist atmosphere prevailing in Israeli society lately," he said, "Mossawa's legal department is making efforts to monitor racist incidents in state and public institutions."
A recent MC report called state and public institutions Israel's most racist ones. They discriminate lawlessly against Arab citizens. They represent 20% of the population. They're treated like fifth column threats. They're denied fundamental rights.
"We'll continue to fight racism both locally and globally in legal and public measures," added Iraqi.
On May 17, Al Haq headlined "Israeli Raid Violates Palestinian Freedom of Association," saying:
In recent days, Israeli security forces raided Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall) offices. They also targeted the Palestinian People's Party (PPP) located in the same building.
Fundamental expression and association rights were violated. It wasn't the first time and won't be the last. On May 8, PPP staff member Haytham slept over in his office. At around 1:30AM, hammering on its door awakened him.
Through its peephole, he saw about eight soldiers. They pushed their way inside, shoved him aside, ordered him against the door, then confined him to one room.
From inside, he saw soldiers break into other rooms to conduct searches. A high-ranking Israeli officer questioned him. They wanted PPP and Stop the Wall employee names. They asked about posters and documents found.