"Five years have past since the Or Commission report investigating the October 2000 riots in which Israeli police killed 13 Arab citizens was published, and the fury continues to fester," said Dr Eli Rekhess, director of the Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation.
During an annual conference marking the report's publication, which was held Tuesday at Tel Aviv University's Moshe Dayan Center, Rekhess claimed that "the Israeli-Arabs' national-political struggle is being waged from outside the country's borders. This indicates a lack of trust on their part in the Israeli system and a search for salvation in foreign lands.
"The good news is that the issue is on Israel's agenda; the bad news is that very few of the commission's recommendations have been implemented thus far," he said.
Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog (Labor) told the conference that the Israeli government was working to reduce the gap between the Arab and Jewish sectors, bus added that the Arab community was being discriminated against.
Prior to the speeches grants sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer and Abraham funds were given to Arab and Jewish students attending Tel Aviv University.