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Arab Sector: NIF Grantees Fight Discrimination in Arab Education
September 13, 2005

About 25 percent of Israeli schoolchildren – 430,000 – are members of the country's Arab minority. The country's Arab schools face routine budgetary discrimination; at the same time, Jewish schools often refuse to enroll the children of Arab Israeli parents who want a better education for them.

According to NIF grantee Follow-Up Committee for Arab Education, the Israeli government spends an average of $192 per year on each Arab student compared to $1,100 per Jewish student. This translates into a drop-out rate of 12 percent among Arab Israeli high school students compared with 6 percent in the Jewish sector. The Follow-Up Committee says that there is a 5,000-classroom shortage in the Arab sector; according to NIF grantee The Council for Regional Unrecognized Negev Arab Villages, 900 of those classrooms are needed in the unrecognized Bedouin villages of the Negev.

Last week, Israel's largest circulation newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, exposed a glaring example of discrimination in Lod, where the municipality refused to allow a three-year-old Arab child to register in a Jewish kindergarten. Adalah: Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights has petitioned the Tel Aviv District Court to rectify the matter.



last updated: 11/29/2005
   
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