Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Monitoring Civic Equality between Arabs and Jews

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Monitoring Civic Equality between Arabs and Jews

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Shalom Dichter, co-director of Sikkuy, an Israeli association for the advancement of civic equality, introduced the "Sikkuy Report 2003" at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC on Feb. 25. According to Dichter, who served in the Israel Defense Forces, the Sikkuy advocacy's mission is to lobby for Arab equality in Israel.

Dichter's lecture focused on the growing educational gap between Jewish and Arab citizens. The dropout rate among Arab students ages 14 to 17 is double that among Jewish students, he said, adding that, according to the Sikkuy Report, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs supervises some 1,700 day care centers throughout the country-but only 26 of them are in Arab communities.

The report also highlights similar imbalances in the workplace. Unemployment among Jewish men is just 9.3 percent, compared to 14.1 percent among Arab men. This is because only 3.2 percent of the Industry and Trade Ministry's industrial zones are within the jurisdiction of Arab local authorities.

The Sikkuy report found that discrimination exists in every field it examined, and that this has created poverty and crisis in the Arab community in Israel. …

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