The Mossawa Center, the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens of Israel, released a legal paper that calls to protect the legal status of the Arab minority in any proposal for an Israeli constitution. The paper was debated and discussed by leading lawyers and law experts at the Mossawa Center’s conference on the Legal Status of the Arab Minority in Israel held in Nazareth on December 1.
For the last several years the Knesset’s Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee has discussed proposals to create a formal constitution for the state of Israel. This debate excluded the demands and the needs of the Arab community and its institutions, while it ensures full protection of the Jewish majority’s rights. Mossawa Center legal expert, Dr. Yousef Jabareen, took part in the constitution debate, and developed a paper that proposes constitutional protection of the minority rights of Arab citizens.
The document examines the current legal status of the Arab community in Israel and proposes full equality, participation and partnership between the Arab minority and Jewish majority based on due respect for both parties’ needs, historical rights, and human rights demands.
The document outlines the following stipulations, whose inclusion into the constitution would provide Arab citizens with full and equal rights that constitute distinct national, cultural, linguistic, and religious rights as citizens of the state of Israel. The document stipulates:
Copies of the paper were distributed in Hebrew with summaries provided in Arabic. A full translation of the paper to Arabic and English is forthcoming.