Daam Workers Party: Election platform for the 19th Knesset, 2013 (abridged)

intended to ensure equal pay and employment terms for men and women, and greater efforts to prevent discrimination because of pregnancy and birth. Daam calls for government support for a long school day, subsidies for daycare centers, the recognition of childcare costs for taxation purposes, and assistance for single-parent families. Daam opposes the raising of the retirement age for women.

2. Personal status laws and human rights: Daam calls for the complete separation of religion and state, for the provision of civil marriage, divorce and burial services, and for complete personal freedom in the choice of a partner.

3. Violence against women: Daam calls for increasing the enforcement of legislation and punishment regarding the trafficking of women, prostitution, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

IV. The environment

Daam calls for an end to the privatization of public and natural resources, and for the maximization of the public’s share in these resources. Daam calls for increased investment in public infrastructure, improving public transport, and closing city centers to private vehicles in favor of clean public transport. Daam will act to return the water corporations to local authorities.

V. Israel’s Arab citizens

Since the State of Israel was established, its Arab citizens, who today make up some 20% of the population, have suffered institutionalized discrimination which exposes the limitations of Israeli democracy. The lack of infrastructure and the discrimination in the allocation of resources have created poverty and caused the unraveling of the social fabric in Arab towns and villages. The Arab leadership takes advantage of the conservative and patriarchal character of Arab society to maintain its control over the Arab population. The segregation and distrust between Jews and Arabs is an obstacle to confronting the government’s capitalist policies. Daam offers an alternative agenda centered on internal change within Arab society. It promotes openness towards progressive forces within Jewish society. In its struggle against racism in Israeli society, Daam seeks full and unconditionally equal rights for Israel’s Arab citizens.

1. Employment: The employment of Israel’s Arab citizens, in particular Arab women, is one of Daam’s central demands and a fundamental aspect of its activities. Daam calls for affirmative action in the employment of Arab citizens in government bodies and public companies, preferential terms for the building and development of industrial zones in Arab towns, increased public transport between Arab towns and industrial/commercial centers, and an end to the import of migrant labor (see above, II.6).

2. Housing and development: Daam demands an end to the demolition of houses in Arab towns, an increase in land designated for construction around Arab towns, an increase in the land under the jurisdiction of local authorities in Arab towns, and an end to racist legislation that in practice prevents Arabs from living wherever they choose. Daam also calls for public construction in Arab towns, for state recognition of “unrecognized” Arab villages, and an end to the policy of dispossession of Arabs in the Negev region.

3. Education and public services: Daam demands an end to state-sanctioned institutional discrimination towards Arabs in the allocation of resources for development, education and social and cultural services; it calls for the appointment of educational staff according to capabilities and not familial ties or political considerations. Daam seeks an increase in the number of social workers and psychologists allocated to Arab areas, and in the budget for infrastructure and a long school day. Daam works to involve residents in its activities in schools, to oppose violence against women, and to invest in pupils in both formal and voluntary frameworks.

4. National service: Daam opposes making the granting of equal rights for Arab citizens conditional on national service or any other condition.

Daam opposes national service because it makes basic rights, which should be granted to every citizen, conditional on service to the state which consistently discriminates against Arab citizens. The neglect of Arab youth, plus the lack of employment, education, culture and an appropriate public sphere, creates poverty and violence. National service will not solve this problem or create jobs. Israeli society makes no attempt to integrate Arab youth, and thus young Arab citizens have no motivation to serve the state.

– Translated from the Hebrew by Yonatan Preminger

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About Da'am Workers Party

The Da’am Workers Party (DWP) here sets forth a program for revolutionary change in Israeli society, based on the principles of integration, equality, and social justice