Racial inequality is Israel’s middle name

Israeli apartheid, with the world watching on:

The social, economic, health and educational gaps between Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens are continuing to grow, mostly as a result of unfair government policies and prejudice from the Jewish population, a study published Wednesday has found.

Now in its third year, the Equality Index of Jewish and Arab Citizens in Israel, published by Sikkuy, the Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality, cites growing housing shortages and a looming welfare crisis as the main concerns facing the country’s 1.5 million Arabic-speakers.

“The index shows an alarming picture: that the gap between Jews and Arabs has increased by almost five percent in just two years,” commented Ron Gerlitz, co- executive director of Sikkuy.

Lawyer Ali Haider, the other co-executive director and editor of the annual index, told The Jerusalem Post that “the government simply does not provide the necessary budgets needed for the Arab population.

“More funds are provided for the Jewish population,” he said, adding, “Over the past few years we have seen more and more legislation passed against the Arab population and this attitude only encourages racism and mistrust among the Jewish population.”

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