Today is the 14th anniversary of the suppression of the "Jerusalem - October 2000" protests during which 13 Arab citizens were killed, shot by police officers who evaded investigation from law enforcement, and whom the official investigation committee called the "Or Commission" was recommended to uncover the circumstances of the murder of the protestors.
On Monday 22nd September 2014, the Mossawa Center hosted a performance of the play "Zoom" at Al Basha Theater in the Old City of Akka. The participants were invited to debate the use of culture to improve Arab women's status in local councils.
On Friday September 12th Mossawa held its annual Conference on the Legal status of the Arab Community in Israel The conference was opened by Mossawa Board member Ahmad Ghazawi who spoke about the increase in discrimination, incitement and economic boycott of the Arab community in the months during the war on Gaza. The EU Head of Delegation Mr. Lars Faaborg-Andersen also gave opening remarks. He spoke about the role of democracy to make change and that minority rights are an integral part of democracy. He stated that, "At the heart of the project is the principle that, whatever the barriers and challenges, democratic participation is the avenue to express one's concerns, and is an inalienable right of any citizen in a healthy democracy." He also spoke about Mossawa's role in empowering citizens to engage democratically through the Knesset and their local leaders.
Mossawa has published its updated report on the Legal Status of Arab Citizens in Israel. The report includes all discriminatory laws, proposed legislation and policies implemented by the Israeli government. It paints the picture of a worsening situation for the Arab community in Israel. Since the 2009 elections over 35 discriminatory bills have been proposed in the Knesset more than any other Knesset, and the election in 2013 of the 19th Knesset has not shown any chance in legislative trends.
The Mossawa Center strongly condemns the decision by the Israeli court to imprison former MK Said Nafa for his visit to Syria on 2007. This decision is a serious blow to democracy and a targeted attack on the political freedom of representatives of the Arab minority.
On Friday, September 12th, 2014, the Mossawa Center will host its annual legal conference, entitled "The Legal Status of the Arab Community". The conference is being organized by the Mossawa Center as part of a project supported by the EU and Bread for the World. EU head of delegation, Lars Faaborg-Andersen will give opening remarks. The conference will bring together legal groups, politicians, ambassadors, academics, Journalists, lawyers and jurists from all over the country.