The Knesset's Education Committee on Tuesday learned that there are some 500 Arab nurseries and kindergartens operating illegally in northern Israel, and that at least 100 of them are being run by the jihadist Islamic Movement.
Education Ministry representative Dr. Orna Ben-Simhon said the licenses of these day cares and schools had been revoked, but that they continued to operate anyway.
Israeli Arab lawmakers at the hearing insisted that the schools, where children are taught that Israel is an illegitimate entity, operate in full accordance with the law, but are unfairly targeted on racist grounds.
The Islamic Movement is a radical organization that denies Israel's right to exist and has in the past encouraged Israeli Arabs to join Palestinians in the use of terrorist violence against their Jewish countrymen.
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