NGO: Gov´t fails to secure Israeli-Arab schools (JERUSALEM POST) By YONAH BOB 06/17/12)
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The Union of Local Authorities in Israel (ULAI) called on Sunday for
the government to secure educational institutions in the Israeli-Arab
sector per prior promises.
According to ULAI, the government has failed to follow through with
promises made in October 2011 to increase funding for a number of
projects in the Israeli-Arab sector, including securing their
ULAI added that it and the local educational institutions under its
umbrella have taken all necessary planning actions in order for a new
security detail to operate and secure their institutions.
Yet, more than half-a-year after the promises were made, the
government has not provided the funding for hiring the new security
Shlomo Bohbot, Chairman of ULAi noted that in light of the constant
violence in the cities and towns where many Israeli-Arabs live, the
challenge to preserving children´s safety at their local educational
institutions only continues to grow.
Bohbot said this is especially true since the Israeli-Arab sector is
underfunded across the board.
He pointed out that the state is investing significant resources in
securing its international borders from outside threats and from
While Bohbot recognized these projects as important, he highlighted
that it is just as critical to secure the state´s children in their
educational institutions from "day to day" threats.
He concluded by calling on the government to merely follow its own
decisions by transferring the funds it has designated for securing
The main role of ULAI, an umbrella organization established in 1938
for 265 local institutions and groups, is to look after the shared
interests of all the local authorities and to represent them in their
affairs with the government and its Ministries, the Knesset, and
other public institutions.
Furthermore, ULAI advises the local authorities regarding the entire
range of municipal matters including education, welfare, economy,
water, security, status of women, labor relations, law and the courts.
All of this takes place against the backdrop of a recent survey of
the annual Jewish-Arab Relations Index – which has been carried out
for the past 30 years by Prof. Sammy Smooha from the University of
Haifa’s Jewish-Arab Center – which found that along with a
deteriorating view of the Jewish state’s policies towards its Arab
minority, some 58 percent of Israeli Arabs have accepted life in
Israel, but 42% do not. Ruth Eglash contributed to this story. (©
1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 06/17/12)
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