An Israeli shopping mall banned access to its premises to three Arab youths. Actually,they are Palestinianand come from the West Bank. The youths had gone to the Azrieli Towers, one of the best-known in Tel Aviv, but the guards outside prevented access into the building . The news was reported by Haaretz that made some statements about the shopping centre, declaring that “the supervision placed at the entrance acted in compliance with the applicable law” in prohibiting entry to the youths. The shopping complex has pointed out that the three were of Palestinian origin, more precisely the West Bank.
They also stated that the law prescribes access only on specific grounds and that anyhow a permit was necessary, but what the permit they had was only for work and they added that the guards “are responsible for the protection of customers”. Needless to say, the scene, taken from some customers’ smartphones which quickly went viral on the net and it bounced on all social networks. One of the posts was commented on by Advocate Ibn BariShahda, an activist for the rights of the Negev Bedouins, who branded the incident as a manifestation of “racism”.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati