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Life for Palestinian Students in Israel

Palestinian child

Saree Makdisi writes 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.  And at the higher levels of its school system, Israel opens far more curricular tracks to Jewish students than to Palestinian ones.  As a result of all these forms of discrimination-and despite the fact that Palestinians traditionally place great emphasis on their children’s education, a fact attested to by the disproportionately large numbers of Palestinians among the Arab inteligentsia-a far greater proportion of Jewish students make it through high school, get accepted to university, and graduate.  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. (Makdisi, 206)


Makdisi, Saree.  Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation.  New York: W. W. Norton & Company Ltd., 2008.

Jewish Resistance to Zionism

Free Derry/Free Gaza

Prophets Outcast and Wrestling with Zion are the products of a specific historical moment.  They carry with them a sense of urgency as they respond to the particular political circumstances that evolved following the eruption of the second intifada.  While they do not explicitly say so, one of the major objectives of both compilations is to counter a potent political weapon that has been utilized consistently over the past five years to silence criticism of Israel, namely, the claim that any condemnation of Israel amounts to anti-Semitism.  Yet, unlike Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Claire’s book, The Politics of Anti-Semitism (AK Press, 2003), which challenges this malicious weapon head on, the editors of Prophets Outcast and Wrestling with Zion adopt a different, more subtle and richer strategy that allows them simultaneously to take part in the political and ideologicalal fray that developed after the outbreak of the al-Aqsa intifada and to transcend it.  (Gordon, 103)


Gordon, Neve.  “Jewish Resistance to Zionism,” Journal of Palestine Studies 35, no. 1 (Autumn, 2005): 103-105).

Kushner, Tony and Alisa Solomon, eds.  Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.  New York: Grove Press, 2003.

Shatz, Adam, ed.  Prophets Outcast: A Century of Dissident Jewish Writing about Zionism and Israel.  New York: Nation Books, 2004.


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