MembersWhat’s Happening to Israeli Muslims?

To mark Islam’s “Festival of the Sacrifice,” the government publishes statistics that help ascertain how the Muslims of Israel have been faring

By David Shishkoff | | Topics: Israeli Arabs
Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Festival of the Sacrifice, atop Jerusalem's Temple Mount. Photo: Sliman Khader/Flash90

About one in five Israeli residents is an Arab Muslim. This does not include Arab Christians who make up about 2% of the total Israeli population. Israeli Arabs are for the most part integrated into the Israeli workforce and functional in Hebrew and in Israeli society in general. At the same time, a proportion of the Israeli Arab Muslims does not feel completely happy living in a Jewish-majority nation. This was evidenced by the violent unrest from segments of the Arab Israeli population during the most recent conflict with Gaza, particularly young men.

In light of antisemitic claims of apartheid in Israel against Arabs, it is instructive to read this report and understand some basic trends. For example, the number of Muslims earning college degrees is on the rise, but still trails the rest of the Israeli population.

Half of Israeli Muslims live in Haifa, the Galilee...

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