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Life for Palestinian Students in Israel

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Palestinian child

Over at The Excerpt Mill I quote Saree Makdisi about life for Palestinian students in Israel:

Even in Israel itself, Palestinian students-citizens of the state-face great difficulties, when compared with their Jewish peers. The state provides 1,600 subsidized day-care centers, for example, but only 25 of those are in Palestinian towns. Only 4,200 of the 80,000 Israeli children aged zero to three who attend day care are Palestinian, though had that number been in proportion to the actual population, it would have been closer to 20,000. Israel invests more than three times as much in a Jewish student than it does in a non-Jewish one. The state’s list of the 553 towns and villages granted top priority for education exclude all Palestinian towns inside Israel other than four villages. There are 25 special art schools for Jewish children, and none for Palestinians…Only 10 percent of Israel’s university students are Palestinian, for example, though proportionately speaking it ought to be double that number. Only 3 percent of its Ph.D. students are Palestinian. Only 1 percent of its university lectures are Palestinian.

  1. Michael Horesh permalink
    Sunday, September 27, 2009 12:59 am

    Under Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority is responsible for education in Palestinian towns.
    Curious that you do not write about life for Jewish students in Palestinian towns.

  2. Sunday, September 27, 2009 1:48 am

    Are you really that stupid? This is about Palestinians in the State of Israel. As for Israeli citizens in the West Bank, they have the entire IDF protecting them and their own state funded schools.

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