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Access to higher education for Palestinians in Israel

Khalid Arar (Center for Academic Studies, Or Yehuda, Israel)
Mohanned Mustafa (Center for Academic Studies, Or Yehuda, Israel)

Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

ISSN: 1753-7983

Article publication date: 23 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The paper seeks to analyze the characteristics of higher education (HE) among Palestinian Arabs in Israel (PAI). It aims to indicate the main trends that have taken place in higher education since the establishment of the State of Israel, especially in the last decade, and to examine the main factors that have hindered access to higher education for this minority group.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is based on a meta‐analysis of official statistics and other official documents, and on an analysis of relevant recent research studies.

Findings

The analysis shows that although there has been an increase in the numbers and percentages of PAI studying in Israeli HE institutes, especially for women, structural blocks still hinder their access to Israeli HE institutes, a situation exacerbated by their deficient preparation in secondary school. Their disproportionate under‐representation in the HE system reflects policies relating to power distribution and control in Israeli society.

Social implications

Policy favoring re‐distribution of power alongside affirmative action legislation could influence the structure of the HE system and improve PAI minority representation in Israeli HE institutes.

Originality/value

The paper indicates the need for affirmative action to increase the Palestinian minority population's access to higher education in Israel.

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Citation

Arar, K. and Mustafa, M. (2011), "Access to higher education for Palestinians in Israel", Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 207-228. https://doi.org/10.1108/17537981111159975

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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