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En gruppe israelske palestinere har skrevet en rapport som foreslår at Israel skal kvitte seg med sine jødiske karakter og bli en nøytral stat for alle borgere.

Gruppen foreslår en belgisk modell, med utstrakt selvstyre. Praktisk talt at de to folkegruppene styrer seg selv. Rapporten sier ikke noe om forholdet til en eventuell palestinsk stat på Vestbredden og Gaza.

Their contention is part of «The Future Vision of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel,» a report published in December under the auspices of the Committee of Arab Mayors in Israel, which represents the country’s 1.3 million Arab citizens, about a fifth of the population. Some 40 well-known academics and activists took part.

They call on the state to recognize Israeli Arab citizens as an indigenous group with collective rights, saying Israel inherently discriminates against non-Jewish citizens in its symbols of state, some core laws, and budget and land allocations.

The authors propose a form of government, «consensual democracy,» akin to the Belgian model for Flemish- and French-speakers, involving proportional representation and power-sharing in a central government and autonomy for the Arab community in areas like education, culture and religious affairs.

Forslaget har alarmert ellers liberale israelske jøder som føler at forslaget truer Israels jødiske identiet. De israelske palestinerne liker ikke at Davidsstjernen er i flagget, eller at nasjonalsangen hyller sionismen.

Noted Arab Citizens Call on Israel to Shed Jewish Identity