Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal to establish an Arabic school in Nof HaGalil, a town in the north of Israel on April 20. Over a third (37 percent) of the town’s students are Palestinian citizens of Israel whose mother tongue is Arabic.
Palestinian citizens of Israel have increasingly been deprived of their rights since a new Basic Law (‘Israel the Nation State of the Jewish People’) was passed in July 2018. Last December, an Israeli court invoked this law when upholding the decision of a municipality that refused to fund the school travel costs of two Palestinian children. The Court unapologetically ‘justified’ its decision by referring to the need to reinforce the town’s “Jewish character”.