High Court of Justice: Israel discriminates against Arabs

Monday, February 27, 2006 | 
The High Court of Justice (HCJ) ruled unanimously on Monday that the Israeli government has used discriminatory policies against its Arab citizens. The court stated that the government must set clear standards to define the National Preference Zones, where affirmative action is implemented. Israel’s economic policies favor Jewish communities over the Arab ones and fail to recognize those in need. Only four Arab communities were granted educational benefits compared to 500 Jewish communities, the reason why the Arab sector lags behind in education. Attorney Marwan Dalal said the court’s decision was important to the Arab minority's right for equality and the government's discriminatory economic policy. “I hope this ruling leads to change," he said.

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