Adalah is a name you may not recognise. They are an Israeli NGO and are responsible for one of the most important ‘scams’ of the delegitimisation campaign against Israel.
Adalah created a database of laws that they claim ‘discriminate’ against the Arab citizens of Israel. There are currently sixty-six laws listed.
Whenever you hear the claim that Israel is a ‘racist state’ or that it is an ‘Apartheid state’, it is the Adalah database that underpins the claim.
So I went through each of the sixty-six ‘discriminatory laws’ and have just published a report on my findings. This is what I discovered:
Adalah’s list is racist
The first point I want to make is that Adalah’s list has many related to security and the fight against terror. 21% of the laws fell into the ‘security’ category. As the report shows, most western nations have introduced numerous laws over the last decade that have cut back on some civil liberties. Israel has done the same, but these laws do not discriminate. Former cabinet minister Gonen Segev will no doubt feel some of the force of these laws as he stands accused of spying for Iran.
So what does Adalah imply when they suggest a law that deals with interrogations is ‘discriminatory’ against the Arab citizens of Israel? That Arab citizens are all ‘terrorists’? That they are all violent? Isn’t it more likely that almost all Arab citizens of Israel are not impacted at all by these laws and only those extremists that come to the attention of the security services, Jew or Arab, will have their freedoms curtailed?
If anyone suggested that Arab citizens of Israel are ‘enemy aliens’ or are all ‘terrorists’, they would rightly be labelled as racist. That is exactly what Adalah do when they suggest some of these security laws discriminate. The Adalah list is racist.
Adalah’s list is an exercise in cultural and political appropriation
From the outset, Adalah claim that all ‘Arab citizens of Israel’ are ‘Palestinian’ and want to be identified as such. When a UN report described these people as ‘Arab Israelis’, the Adalah response was swift. They are ‘Palestinians’.
The discriminatory laws list already treats the Arab citizens as if they have no agency and are all terrorists. With this strike, Adalah deny the rights of many Arab citizens of Israel who do not see the situation through the same ideological lens as the Adalah lawyers. Everyone is aware that many Arab citizens identify as Israeli. Why do Adalah deny their voice and falsely speak in their name? Further they disgracefully trample on the identity of those like the Negev Bedouin who are most certainly not ‘Palestinians’. All for their own political purpose.
Adalah’s discriminatory laws list is a scam
During this research I divided the laws inside the discriminatory database into categories. Over 50% of them I labelled as ‘absurd’. Thirty-six laws that would leave most right-minded people scratching their heads and wondering just what the problem is. Seriously, some of the laws listed are beyond belief. This was the final breakdown:
I am not going to go over the total absurdity of the list in this blog. The list is full of nonsense and smoke and mirrors and little else. The full description of each of the categories and a list of all the laws (with comment) is included in the report.
I have published the report to use as a reference and will update it as and when necessary (what is published today is version 1A, it is large and has taken a lot of time to put together, if you see errors or feel I have missed something, please contact me).
As the Adalah database is explicitly or implicitly referenced during almost every anti-Israel discussion, I believe the guide could be a useful one to download or bookmark.
Adalah prove that BDS seeks the destruction of Israel
On the BDS website is a description of the movements aims. This is number two:
Notice the reference to the ‘more than fifty laws’ in the image. This is a direct tie-in with the Adalah ‘discriminatory laws’ list. It is possible to receive confirmation of this on the BDS website when they reference the ‘more than fifty laws’ and direct the reader back to the Adalah database with a link (see this BNC statement as an example). Thus we can assess what BDS mean by ‘full equality’ by looking at the Adalah database.
The list show that BDS is about the destruction of Israel. It isn’t about equal rights and even goes way beyond removing Jewish symbols such as the one in the flag. The dominance of Hebrew is a problem, Jewish holidays are a problem, the Hebrew calendar is a problem, even the electoral system is a problem. So far are Adalah willing to stretch this, that at one point they even deny that Joseph and Rachel’s Tombs are considered holy sites in Islam and Christianity. All and anything that indicates the will of a Jewish majority is considered a problem. Adalah are not seeking ‘equality’, they are seeking a corrective formula that will give the 20% (Arab Israeli population) the same democratic weight as the 80%.
It isn’t about equality, it is about rejecting the right of the Jews to enjoy the benefit of majority status. It is back to the classic Islamic formula. Jews can be ‘Dhimmi‘, nothing more.
Read the list of laws in the report and ask yourself what BDS *really* wants. Anyone who scans those laws and then suggests BDS is not about the destruction of Israel is either deluding themselves or lying.
Adalah is out to cause trouble
The Adalah list follows an extremist ideological agenda that suggests the vast majority should enjoy no democratic benefit. So to paint Israel as ‘racist’ Adalah will use any tool within reach. It is why they trample over the wishes of some minority groups despite suggesting they are there to defend their rights. Adalah seek ideological benefit from the problems with the Negev Bedouin. It is why they claim the Bedouin are ‘Palestinian’ and seek to describe every decision that goes against them as ‘racist’. They want the situation to remain tense (nobody is denying there is a problem).
House demolitions and compulsory purchase orders are part and parcel of national planning. 238 homes were demolished in the Anfield project alone. Had the neighborhood been in an Arab district in Israel, Adalah would have declared the project racist and there would have been weekly demonstrations against it.
Consider this. Every regeneration plan in an Arab neighborhood, every demolition, every compulsory purchase order, is deemed ‘racist’. The situation is absurd.
Why is Adalah funded?
Adalah cross so many red-lines you would think that European nations would have nothing to do with them. Their list of laws clearly suggests Arabs are all terrorists, they culturally and politically appropriate minority groups, they seek to cause friction as they benefit from a disillusioned population and they seek the destruction of the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.
Adalah should have pariah status.
Except they don’t. They are held aloft as a model NGO and have access to government think tanks throughout the west. They even have ‘consultancy’ status in the United Nations.
This is where Adalah get their funding from (the source and list of references is available inside the report) and how much they receive (in shekels):
Why are European charities and government agencies funding an NGO that is clearly out to make everything worse for everybody? And why is anyone listening to them?
Those are the questions that really needs to be answered.
The Adalah scam report can be downloaded here.
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32 thoughts on “The Adalah scam. The farce of the ‘discriminatory laws database’”
Didn’t John Strawson correct you on the question of the claimed identities of Israeli Arabs ? That is, only 10% identify as Israeli ?
No he didn’t. I had a discussion with him whilst I was researching this piece. It is why I was on the subject at all. Adalah’s issue goes way beyond whether or not ‘x’ percentage of Israeli Muslims identify as Israeli (and the evidence suggest I was right). How did the Bedouin become Palestinian for example? The Druze? Who gave Adalah the right to tell the UN to address these people as Palestinian because that is how they identify themselves? In any event, those laws… you have to laugh.
Unfortunately we will have to stay poker faced because you don’t tell us which of the laws we are supposed to be laughing at.
You should spend a little more time reading the blog properly BEFORE you rush to be the first person to comment. There is a 90 page report AND there is a link in the blog for download.
This is just a string of uncorrobarated statements. David Collier says therefore…….
Hardly. It is ninety pages of referenced material Stephen. Why shouldn’t Hebrew be the primary language in a disagreement over translation? Discriminatory? You are having a laugh.
David, you assert that your “report” contains “ninety pages of referenced material”, yet there is not a single reference to the body of Israeli jurisprudence, the judgments of the HCJ or the opinions of Israeli legal scholars who have written extensively on the discriminatory laws and practices of the Israeli state.
If you hate Davids blog , and various Jewish organisations, so much, why do you waste your time here.
Is it perchance because of the total lack of interest shown on your blog ( except for bodgers and that other dodo)
Do try and say something intelligent and worthwhile at some point, other than snide and derogatory comments that does nothging to illuminate or educate in the discussion.
Bellamy, If you can understand English, here are the FACTS (not opinions) about Israel & that imaginary Palestine. Facts by an intelligent Arab. This may be hard to swallow for liars & Palestinian propaganda parrots like you, but give it a try to #GetEducated. https://is.gd/TMWRR1
Which category did you put this one into ?
Bans family unification where one spouse is an Israeli citizen (in practice almost all of whom are Palestinian citizens) and the other a resident of the OPT (excluding Jewish settler living in the OPT).
Minor exceptions to the ban were introduced in 2005 allowing the Interior Ministry to make special exceptions to the ban, including in cases where the husband is over 35 years of age or the wife over 25, in special medical or work cases, and for children under the age of 14 to live with the parent inside Israel.
An additional amendment in 2007 expanded the ban to include citizens and residents of Iran, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. In accordance with the law, a cabinet decision added further restrictions in 2008 affecting residents of the Gaza Strip.
Although the law was originally enacted as a temporary order, its validity has been repeatedly extended by the Knesset making it in effect a permanent law. Thousands of Palestinian families have been affected by the law, forced to split apart, move abroad or live in Israel in fear of constant deportation.
Just look at the amount donated to Adalah. Who would have thought Jew hatred could be so bloody profitable!
What is OPT, aside from your own wishful thinking, and a way to prejudice others politically. It’s certainly not a legal designation.
What’s an OPT? You mean the disputed territories. You’re already slanting.
The law is clear on what constitutes occupied territory and the so-called West Bank doesn’t fit into that definition.
Also, the idea that a Palestinian state would necessarily be an Arab state? Oh, come on. Haven’t we had enough ahistorical fictions already? Palestine is not an Arab name. No indigenous people ever created the name “Palestine” for itself or its land. This is a name Arabs began using not too long ago to create a counter-narrative to ZIonism.. Let’s not pretend it’s anything more than that, as antisemitic/anti-zionists do. Once we dispense with this nonsense of a people supposedly stretching back millennia we can exercise a little wisdom. Israeli laws are discriminatory? Compared to what? The flag is discriminatory because it reflects the majority culture? Anyone ever complain about Arab flags? European flags which are adorned with crosses?
Here’s the problem with antisemites: they claim to want to see the world be a certain way, and then say we should start by trying to make an example of the most persecuted people in history. Corbyn and the other antisemites are saying that Jews may have individual rights of some sort, but oh, don’t let them have power as a collective, they’re just too dangerous to ‘real people.’ He’s a fraud, BDS is b.s., and the ‘palestinian’ national movement is too. All of them are a cover for the oldest hatred.
Counter chant this…
From the River to the Sea,
Pal-e-STINE Will Never Be!
David’s racist protégé.
Do you really think you can win a War with a carefully crafted blog post?
How about “Peace in our time”? How effective was that?
Dopey Dave’s contribution always amazes us…..
What makes it racist, Dabydoo? See if you can muster some specifics.
We are 4 days away from the 13th anniversary of the London transport attacks of 2005.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date: July 7, 2005 – 08:49 – 09:47 (UTC+01:00)
Target: General public aboard London Underground, trains and a bus in central London
Attack type: Suicide bombings, Islamic terrorism
Deaths: 56 (including the 4 bombers)
Non-fatal injuries: 784
– Hasib Hussain
– Mohammad Sidique Khan
– Germaine Lindsay
– Shehzad Tanweer
Motive: Islamic terrorism
Here’s a link to an interesting article at Tablet.
“Jews and Americans as Supervillains:
The long-standing interaction between anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism”
Hilarious to see Scoffie taking on Mick Davis again. It never ends well. He is a sucker for punishment.
Irrelevant Bellamy. Fuck off!
He comes off better than you. You get the proverbial take down each time you step up to the plate with David . It’s most unedifying . I almost feel for you . Almost.
Harv strikes again
Happy Nakba! 🙂
The myth of Israel being an ‘Apartheid State’ is a fundamental part of the antisemites propaganda war against Israel. This article destroys that myth entirely and shows it up for what it is – a weak and indefensible piece of fiction developed by racists which is as believable as the myth of the palestinan people.
Obviously, none of the Jew hating scum reading this will agree because that is what the haters do (both the paid ones and the volunteers – you know who you are!!!).
This article and David’s report are commendable and another most welcome piece of evidence that I will use to good effect when combating the horrendous growth of leftist antisemitism in the UK, and abroad.
Most Arab majority countries base their constitutions on the Koran (Hamas charter Introduction) and have Muslim/Arab insignia and colours on their flags.
Seems only Jews are criminalised for using imagery pertaining to the majority of Israels population.
Smells of anti-Jew hatred at the very least.
But then I suspect Adallah has a great reservoir of Jew hate within its body corpus.
Bellamy doesn’t do specifics.
He uses innuendo and obfuscation instead of fact to sisturb discussion
This being the Fourth of July, I post this Declaration.
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
I wish present day Britain success in leaving the European Union AKA Brexit.
Actually the problem is less racist laws than racist application of the law
If he does it again they probly will take his ipod off him for a week
So you agree adalah is a scam when it says Israel has racist laws ?
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