Thursday, January 1, 2009

Special Report: Inside Adalah - The Legal Center for Minority Arab Rights in Israel (The Center for Near East Policy Research)

Inside Adalah: The Legal Center for Minority Arab Rights in Israel

by Arlene Kushner


Adalah, an Israeli-registered non-profit, non-governmental organization, claims to
work on behalf of the human rights of Israeli Arabs. Many fair-minded persons – eager
to see equitable treatment for Israeli Arabs within Israeli society and lacking
information on how Adalah and the New Israel Fund operate – support the work of this

Buried within its stance as a non-partisan human rights organization, is the agenda of Adalah: Highly partisan and deeply politicized, Adalah seeks to delegitimize Israel and ultimately to destroy it as a Jewish state.

Utilizing rhetoric that echoes the positions of radical Palestinian groups, it:
· exhibits a total failure of objectivity
· willfully misrepresents facts
· levels unfounded and highly pejorative charges against Israel
· defends groups and individuals that are sworn enemies of Israel or have
connections to these enemies

Advancing a position founded on a spurious claim of the collective (as versus
individual) human rights of Israeli Arabs, Adalah promotes the position that the Jewish nature of Israel is inherently discriminatory. Thus, it has proposed a constitution for Israel that would strip away Jewish components and permit the “return” of Palestinian refugees.

In the course of its work, Adalah issues press releases, petitions the courts of Israel and makes presentations to international bodies. Most egregious has been its active participation in the Durban I Conference of 2001, which deteriorated into a forum for vituperrious Israel-bashing; Adalah will be participating in the run-up to this conference, scheduled for April 2009.

In various venues – including Durban – Adalah has charged or participating in
charging Israel with:
· grave breeches of international humanitarian law
· war crimes
· willful killing
· racism
· apartheid
· ethnic cleansing

See the full report: Inside Adalah: The Legal Center for Minority Arab Rights in Israel

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