Without a masterplan, without rental apartments and with a shortfall of at least 6,000 housing units a year – not to mention countless illegally built homes because there was no alternative – the housing crisis in the Arab community is making life impossible for young married couples and spreading even further. The reasons are known – from state neglect to the Arab community itself – still there’s no solution on the horizon. A Shomrim report
Fifty-five years after the Six-Day War, and more than a decade after the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, the Druze population on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights is torn between the two countries. A freedom of information request filed by Shomrim reveals a record number of requests for Israeli citizenship – but these are often submitted in secret. Sometimes, even family members don’t know. One young Druze woman who took Israeli citizenship: I have never felt any kind of affinity to Syria or Israel. I asked for citizenship to make my life easier.
Public transport is a fundamental condition for growth and development – especially in struggling communities. For decades, the State of Israel and the Transportation Ministry have ignored the needs of Arab communities. Some of them have no internal public transport and, in others, buses go around the town. What about a train station in an Arab city? Maybe in 15 years from now. The ministry’s response: Developing infrastructure is a top priority
Three years after a petition was submitted to the Supreme Court, the state responded by saying that it would grant work permits to Palestinians who have been granted asylum in Israel because of their connection to the LGBTQ community or violence within the family. At a Knesset hearing, MK Mara'ana said: "The state's response sets right a historical injustice." The hearing was attended by Shomrim's Fadi Amun, who published a report on the issue
In the West Bank, their lives are in danger and the threat often comes from their closest relatives. When Israel agrees to help, which is the best-case scenario, that help is conditional. Ninety-one LGBTQ Palestinians have been given residency permits for humanitarian reasons, but they are living on borrowed time and don't get work permits or health insurance. There are sentenced to a life of exploitation, sometimes even resorting to prostitution. Why does Israel not allow them to take legal jobs? A petition was filed on the matter three years ago, but the state has yet to respond. A Shomrim report for Pride Month