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Thread #157339 Message #3716858
Posted By: GUEST
15-Jun-15 - 07:17 PM
Thread Name: BS: Cultural genocide
Subject: RE: BS: Cultural genocide
More evidence of Israel's ethnic cleansing:
"This must have been a trying week for all the people who wrongly believe that Israel's prime minister is an unabashed anti-Arab racist: Over the past few days, Benjamin Netanyahu's government has unveiled not one, but two major initiatives to benefit Israeli Arabs – initiatives that even the far-left Haaretz, which loathes him, deemed "praiseworthy" and even "revolutionary."
Here's how Haaretz's report on the first initiative opens: "For the first time ever, an Israeli government team has documented the extent of the land and housing shortage in Israel's Arab communities and proposed recommendations for ending it."
Though the housing shortage has been one of the Arab community's biggest gripes for decades, no other prime minister in Israel's 67 years of existence has done much about it. But Netanyahu's last government not only advanced the establishment of the first new Arab city in Israel's history, it also created an interministerial task force to draft more comprehensive recommendations, which were presented to his current government this week.
Moreover, as Haaretz noted in a subsequent analysis, these recommendations are nothing less than "a revolution." Inter alia, after decades in which the borders of Arab towns remained unchanged despite a sevenfold increase in population, the new proposal finally recommends expanding these borders to provide Arab communities with more land for residential construction.
The second initiative deals with education. Here, too, the previous Netanyahu government took significant steps, adopting a five-year plan to boost funding for Arab schools by a billion shekels (about $260 million). But many pundits predicted it would be scrapped by the new education minister, Naftali Bennett of the rightist Jewish Home party.
Instead, Bennett not only announced its continuation this week, but added an important new element. All preschools – Jewish and Arab – will henceforth be entitled to a second aide, rather than having only one teacher and one aide for classes of up to 35 children. But in well-off communities, the government will underwrite only 50% of the cost while, in poor communities, it will cover 90%. As a Haaretz analysis noted, most of the poorest communities are Arab, so this decision will give a huge boost to early-childhood education in Arab towns. That prompted the paper, which loathes Bennett as well, to headline its analysis, "Naftali Bennett: Unlikely champion of Arab education."
Israel's 'Hardline' Government Unveils Major Benefits for Israeli Arabs