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Adalah: Discriminatory-laws database

20 March 2013

On the occasion of the swearing in of the new Israeli government and the 19th Knesset (18 March 2013) and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (22 March 2013), Adalah is pleased to launch the Discriminatory Laws Database.

The Discriminatory Laws Database, the first of its kind, is an online resource that collects more than 60 Israeli laws enacted since 1948 that discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel in all areas of life, including land and planning; education; budgets and access to state resources; prisoners and detainees; civil and political rights. Some of the laws also violate the rights of Palestinians living in the 1967 OPT and Palestinian refugees.

The Discriminatory Laws Database is a comprehensive resource for researchers, journalists, lawyers, and citizens directly affected by these laws.

Laws that discriminate against Palestinians include:

  • Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law (Temporary Order – 2003)
  • “Nakba Law” – Amendment No. 40 to the Budgets Foundations Law
  • Absentee Property Law – 1950

Adalah’s General Director discusses discriminatory legislation
Watch a video of Adalah’s General Director Attorney Hassan Jabareen discussing the wave of discriminatory legislation passed during the Netanyahu-Lieberman government from 2009-2012.

Incendiary bills from the 18th Knesset
The database also includes several controversial discriminatory bills proposed in the 18th Knesset (2009-2012). This legislation may be introduced again before the new Knesset. Adalah hopes that the new government and Knesset will seek to pass democratic legislation protecting the rights of all citizens, rather than racist, discriminatory bills targeting Arab citizens’ rights.

Full texts and additional resources available in Hebrew, Arabic, and English
The database includes summary texts of each law and the full texts in Hebrew. Where available, Adalah has also provided translations of the laws, additional analyses, and petitions to the Supreme Court against the most egregious laws. Adalah also publishes a Brief on New Discriminatory Laws and Bills since 2009.

Your feedback is welcome
Revealing the depth of the institutionalized discrimination against Palestinians, we hope, will contribute to the end of the unequal system and will lead to a more just future. We welcome your input to the Discriminatory Laws Database. Please send us an  (

Adalah: New Discriminatory Laws and Bills in Israel (pdf)

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