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Arab Minority Rights

Arab citizens of Israel face entrenched discrimination in all fields of life. In recent years, the prevalent attitude of hostility and mistrust towards Arab citizens has become more pronounced, with large sections of the Israeli public viewing the Arab minority as both a fifth column and a demographic threat. There are glaring socioeconomic differences between Jewish and Arab population groups, particularly with regard to land, urban planning, housing, infrastructure, economic development, and education. Over half of the poor families in Israel are Arab families, and Arab municipalities constitute the poorest municipalities within Israel.

ACRI seeks to eradicate this socioeconomic inequality. Consequently, a majority of ACRI’s work regarding Arab equality involves the discrepancies in housing and infrastructure. ACRI engages in legal maneuvers and public advocacy to promote equality in housing and planning, to challenge discriminatory policies and decisions, to oppose home demolitions, to promote local planning efforts, and to encourage equal distribution of state resources. ACRI also seeks to ensure equal access to education, including the construction of Arabic schools in mixed and predominantly Arab cities. In addition, ACRI addresses a number of other issues in an attempt to ensure overall equality, including safeguarding the rights of Arab Knesset members and political parties, promoting the sufficient inclusion of Arab representatives in State bodies, protecting the freedom of expression, and opposing the legalization of racial profiling.


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In advance of the upcoming elections, the public conversation is filled with debate over placing cameras and recording devices in polling stations.

During thes...


Today (June 18th 2019), the High Court of Justice ordered the translation of matriculation exams into Arabic. The decision was made within the framework of a...


In recent months, two new and welcome projects have been launched by the National Library of Israel and the Ministry of Education: the pocket library program,...


Will this year’s Independence Day be the last time that all inhabitants of Israel be able to celebrate in public parks? Interior Minister Aryeh Deri is promot...


Profiling in Israel is humiliating and offensive: people, generally young, and nearly always Arab, Ethiopian, or Mizrahi, are targeted by police as suspects r...


Thirty-two Arab parents and children from Upper Nazareth, along with the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and the Mossawa Center, petitioned the Nazaret...


Over the past three years, since the government's decision to enforce construction violations more rigorously, there has been a significant increase in the am...

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Tel Aviv Headquarters

Nahalat Binyamin 75, Tel Aviv 65154

Phone: +972-3-5608185
Fax: +972-3-5608165


Jerusalem Branch

15 Yad Harutsim St, Talpiot, Jerusalem

Postal Address: PO Box 53262, Jerusalem 9153102, Israel

Phone: +972-2-6521218
Fax: +972-2-6521219


Nazareth Branch

Street Address: 3030/5 Rd.
Postal Address: P.O. Box 51070, Nazareth 16072, Israel

Phone: +972-4-8526333/4/5
Fax: +972-4-8526331

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