Israel: Land of Inequality and Injustice
Israelis are voting with their feet and leaving.
by Stephen Lendman
Conditions go from bad to worse. Jews, Israeli Arabs, and Palestinians suffer.
Last summer, social justice protests erupted. Hoped for change never came. Promises made were broken. Betrayed Israelis demand rights they've been denied.
In May, they drafted a global manifesto. A social justice covenant followed. More on them below.
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) explained the problem, saying:
"In the last two decades, the Israeli government has cut budgets and enacted a policy of extreme privatization. The State has dramatically withdrawn from its responsibility to provide housing, healthcare, education, employment and social welfare."
As a result, vital social services eroded. Others ended entirely. Equity and justice were spurned. Ordinary Israeli Jews are affected. Arabs are harmed most of all.
ACRI asked "What happened to us? How did Israel become a country impossible to live in with dignity?"
Over the last decade, housing assistance was more than halved. Help for renters was cut over two-thirds.
Healthcare spending is down over 40%. Education cuts are reflected in fewer classroom hours, lower teacher pay, downgrading their status, and markedly lower student achievement scores.
Unemployment is rising. Around two-thirds of Israelis earn subsistence wages. Women average a third less pay than men. Growing poverty affects employed and unemployed Israelis alike. Social safety net protections are vanishing. Israel no longer is fit to live in.
Social Justice Global Manifesto
Israel denies its people "freedom and dignity," it says. Earlier social justice victories were lost.
Success today "is defined in seeming opposition to the most fundamental values of humanity, such as solidarity and mutual support."