Haaretz, Jul 24, 2017


at the checkpoints they ask elderly people who, like their parents and grandparents, were born in the city: “Where are you from? Show us your papers.” It’s so offensive. So cruel. But we shouldn’t expect anything else from foreign, coerced rule.

“How humiliating it is that some policeman from Ethiopia or Russia asks me ‘Where are you from, show us your papers,’” one elderly man said to me, as he sat on the edge of a shop under his home on al-Wad (Hagai) Street in order to pray there, near the African neighborhood in front of Majlis Gate.

[...] They took out their papers. They had Arab names.

That’s cruelty too: to engineer Israeli Arab society so that its sons agree to participate in the oppression of their brothers.