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Knesset hears data on Israel’s Arab-Jewish health gap

A first-of-its-kind debate in the Knesset finally addressed long years of neglect of the Arab population's health by the Israeli authorities, but there's no reason to believe much will change.
Israeli Arabs take part in a rally calling for the right of return for refugees who fled their homes during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, near Atlit, Israel April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad - RC1850C38370
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Just before the Knesset began its summer recess on July 22, it held one of its most important discussions at the last parliamentary session on Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. The relatively poorer health of Israel's Arab population is another mark of the failure by all Israeli governments to eradicate discrimination against Arabs and promote equality.

The data presented at the discussion showed a worrisome rise in the number of diabetics in the Arab sector and a higher death rate of Arab women during childbirth when compared to the Jewish population, as well as shorter life expectancy. The medical testimony was further documentation of Israel's continued neglect of its Arab minority, which constitutes a fifth of the country’s population.

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