Adalah is also known as the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. It is funded by a number of left-wing organizations including: the New Israel Fund (NIF); the Ford Foundation; the Open Society Foundation (George Soros); Oxfam; and the European Commission.
Adalah claims to be “an independent human rights organization and legal center which… works to promote and defend the rights of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel, 1.2 million people, or 20% of the population, as well as Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).” It’s agenda is much more aggressive than simply defending Israeli Arabs.
The group seeks to replace Israel as a Jewish State with a bi-national, multi-cultural state.
Adalah protested Israel’s ban of Islamic party in Israel, November 2015. Caption states “Raed Salah, the head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, gestures in Nazareth on Nov. 17 after an Israeli police raid at the movement’s office.(Atef Safadi / European Pressphoto Agency).” The four-finger “gesture” is the salute “R4bia” supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. The United Kingdom also declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization in December 2015.
Dismantling the Jewish State
Adalah’s goal is a new Israel, which would no longer have any Jewish preferences, such as special symbols for Jews (in the national anthem and flag), nor special treatment for Jews (such as quick and easy approval for Israeli citizenship).
Adalah’s mission can be clearly seen in its “Democratic Constitution” for Israel, proposed in 2007:
- Setting Israel’s borders at the 1949 Armistice Lines/ “1967 borders”
- The “Right of Return” of all Palestinian Arabs that left the region, together with their descendants, back to Israel
- “[T]he return of land and properties [for all Arab refugees] on the basis of restorative justice”
- Israel would become a “democratic, bilingual and multicultural state,” replacing the Jewish State, because it views Israel as racist due to “the exclusion of the Arab minority based on the definition of the state as Jewish.”
The group rejects the international laws of 1920 (San Remo Conference) and 1922 (Palestine Mandate) that specifically called for “reconstituting their [Jewish] national home” THROUGHOUT Palestine, as Adalah claims that such international actions ultimately turned Arabs from a majority into a minority “against their [Palestinan Arab] will.”
The organization’s mission is to remove any particular “Jewishness” of Israel, and then flood the country with millions of Arabs to make Jews the minority. Homes would be taken away from Israeli Jews and handed to Arab “refugees.”
Refusing Equality for Israeli Jews
While the group fights against what it calls Israeli laws with embedded “racial inequality,” it shows no interest in promoting equality for Jews.
- Where is the Adalah protest that Jews should not be barred from living in Judea and Samaria?
- Where are the Adalah lawsuits to enable Jews to pray openly on the Jewish Temple Mount?
- Why does the group find it offensive for Arabs with Israeli citizenship to be called “Israeli Arabs” and insists on being called “Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel?” Are they demanding dual citizenship with a future Palestinian State? Will they advocate that Israeli Jews should similarly get dual citizenship?
- Adalah highlights that Arabs have lived in the region for generations which entitles them to particular rights in their homeland, yet they deny the history of the Jews and their rights to a homeland in the Holy Land.
Is equality for Adalah only a one-way street where Arabs get access and rights but Jews are denied?
Adalah: Having Your Country and Eating It Too
Adalah’s goals are clear. It seeks a two state solution for the region: one is called Israel, in which Jews are allowed to live as a minority in a bi-national state with a Palestinian Arab majority; the other country is called Palestine, which will have no Jews nor Jewish rights to their holy places.
As “Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel” are part of the broader Palestinian people, they would have citizenship in both countries, while Jews would be limited to just living in Israel. Over time, it is easy to visualize a future where those two Palestinian Arab states would merge. Goodbye Israel.
“Pro Israel” groups like the New Israel Fund state that they “are working for civil rights, social justice and religious tolerance.” Those are noble goals. However, why does NIF support organizations like Adalah which seek to destroy the Jewish State? Why does NIF label those people who want to see Zionism flourish in the Holy Land as “ultranationalist?”
Adalah openly opposes the vision of Zionism’s founders, as well as international laws which called for re-establishing the homeland of the Jewish people. How can NIF give Adalah funds ($1.875 million from 2008-2014) and claim that it is “pro-Israel?”
However the NIF chooses to stretch the definition of “pro-Israel,” it is certainly is not pro-Zionism.
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