PM Olmert Admits Prejudice Against Israeli Arabs

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been gradually changing his attitude to reflect a more sophisticated and multicultural position regarding the Israel-Arab conflict. He came out strongly in support of ending discrimination against Israeli Arabs. “There is no doubt that for many years there has been discrimination against the Arab population that stemmed from various reasons.” He met with representatives of Arab groups that want the Attorney General to investigate an October, 2000 incident in which Israel officers killed 13 Arabs. Olmert said he lacked power to intervene in the case.

There is conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority but frequently over looked in the conflict between Israelis and Arabs is the rampant discrimination that exists in Israel against its Muslim citizens. Israel lacks control over the Arab world but it can end discrimination against citizens within its own country.