High Court: Israel discriminates against Arabs - Israel News, Ynetnews

   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel
Court Ruling

Aharon Barak Photo: Gil Yohanan
Aharon Barak Photo: Gil Yohanan
Arabs protest. Equality wanted Photo: Hagai Aharon
Arabs protest. Equality wanted Photo: Hagai Aharon

High Court: Israel discriminates against Arabs

Judges rule government's economic policy favors Jewish communities over Arab ones; demand legislation, clear criteria be implemented in classification of communities in need

Tal Rosner
Published: 02.27.06, 11:56 / Israel News

The High Court of Justice unanimously ruled Monday that the Israeli government has exercised discriminative policies against the Arab population in the country, and stated the government must set clear criteria to define National Preference Zones, where affirmative action is implemented.


Apartheid Charges
Guardian: Israeli regime resembles apartheid  / Hagit Klaiman
Journalist who resided both in Israel, South Africa publishes 14-page-long report in distinguished British newspaper, describing how Israel discriminates against Palestinians
Full Story
The court accepted a petition by Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights, submitted three years ago, in which the organization charged that vague and unclear criteria for National Preference Zones result in discrimination against Israel's Arab citizens in the fields of education, welfare, housing and employment.


In the petition Adalah claimed that the criteria according to which regions in the country are classified as "National Preference Zones," and are consequently granted financial benefits, are unclear, asserting that these criteria must follow a social-economic rational and be institutionalized by legislation.


Lawyers for Adalah claimed the government failed to include Arab communities in the list of National Preference Zones (NPZs), despite the fact the sector suffers a grim social and economic condition.


'Equality basis for human rights'


The High Court ruled the government will have to set clear criteria for National Preference Zones, and stated the current geographical division of NPZs in the field of education will be annulled one year from today.


In the ruling, Chief Justice Aharon Barak wrote that the end result of the government's decisions regarding NPZs provides an objective indication for whether or not Arabs were disfavored.


"Only four Arab communities, compared to about 500 Jewish communities, were granted NPZ status for education benefits, this while the Arab sector lags far behind in terms of education," Barak stated.


The fact that the vast majority of communities classified as "peripheral" are Jewish points to discrimination, Barak added.


Another member of the High Court's panel, Judge Salim Jubran stressed that "equality is the common denominator, if not the basis, for all human rights and democratic values."


Attorney Marwan Dalal, who represented Adalah in the appeal, lauded the court's decision and said, "this ruling is very important in two levels – the Arab minority's right for equality, and the government's discriminatory economic policy. I hope this ruling leads to change."


commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Del.icio.us Bookmark to del.icio.us

35 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load


RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions