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Arab Education Is Our Responsibility

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I confess I didn’t fall off my chair when I heard the report about the jump in the gaps between the achievements of Jewish and Arab students. The fewer resources you invest, the less you get. When the state invests an average of 24,500 shekels in an Arab high school student compared to 31,300 shekels in a Jewish one, or 40,300 shekels if that student goes to a Jewish religious school, it’s a foregone conclusion that the Arab student’s achievements will be inferior.

But we, as the Arab community, would be wrong to put the blame only on financial inequality. Part of the blame lies with us as well.

The discrimination of Israel’s Arab citizens doesn’t begin with the state budget but with the unwillingness of large parts of Israeli society to give them the employment opportunities to prove themselves and their abilities. This happens in the private sector due to racism, either explicit or less explicit, but no less offensive. It........

© Haaretz