Peace Cycle

Our first stop today was the Baladna Youth Centre in Haifa, where we learnt about the discrimination faced by Palestinians with Israeli citizenship living within the 1948 Israeli borders. Whilst these Palestinians have nominally the same rights as any Israeli, the reality is one of de facto segregation where they are treated as second class citizens. There are certain areas where they are not allowed to live; their houses are sometimes demolished; they go to different schools, which receive less funding and deliver a much lower standard of education; are unable to study certain school courses; and access for Arab students to Israeli universities is extremely limited. Given the focus of media coverage of the Palestinian issue is almost always on the Occupied Territories of the West Bank and Gaza, it was eye-opening to hear about the difficulties facing Palestinians living within Israel itself.

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