Built-in racism: Israeli real estate article lauds “desirable” Arab-free neighborhood

This is what’s called “racial steering” and it is illegal in the US

While this kind of racism is considered normal in Israel, to put this in an American context, let’s recall that the United States also has a long history of violently and legally enforced racial segregation of urban areas whose legacy can be seen in cities all over the country.

However, the Civil Rights laws of the 1960s put an end to any form of legal segregation.

If you’ve tried to buy a house in the United States, you may know that realtors are prohibited from providing you with any information about the racial or ethnic makeup of a neighborhood you may be interested in moving to.

This is to prevent what is called “racial steering” – the attempt to maintain the specific racial (or ethnic or religious) makeup of a neighborhood, or to deliberately change it, by discouraging some people from – or encouraging others to – live there.

The protections against discrimination in the sale and rental of housing in the United States are contained in the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which also makes it illegal for people selling or renting out properties to:

Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap.

US authorities routinely prosecute allegations of racial steering.

Housing racism not only not prohibited in Israel, it’s policy.

In Israel, by contrast, the state itself – as well as its agents such as the Jewish National Fund and the Jewish Agency – aim to “Judaize” vast areas at the expense of the Palestinian population. Meanwhile, hundreds of rabbis whose salaries are paid by the government, have issued widely disseminated public calls on Jews to refuse to sell or rent homes to Palestinians and other non-Jews.

via Built-in racism: Israeli real estate article lauds “desirable” Arab-free neighborhood | The Electronic Intifada.


About Karl Dallas

Former BBC and IRN presenter, presenter of jazz, classical, movie and talk shows on Bradford Community Broadcasting, editor and presenter of VideoCaroline, "the best TV over the Seven Seas".
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