Education Minister Shai Piron announced on Thursday that the ministry would allocate NIS one million to increase dialogue and coexistence sessions between Jewish and Arab students.
The minister made the announcement during his visit to the Arab Israeli town of Fureidis, south of Haifa, on Thursday in the wake of the recent 'price tag' attacks by Jewish extremists.
During his visit, the minister met with Mayor Yunis Marii and with Jewish and Arab high school students.
“We came here today to say that we will not allow the existence of a distorted reality in Israel, of a violation of sacred sites,” said Piron.
Piron condemned the attacks, which he deemed as "improper and criminal acts," and said the only way to counter them was through meetings of "coexistence and friendship."
He added that there are leaders who “need to do some soul searching,” because they have yet to condemn the attacks. Piron called on all Israeli leaders to condemn the price tag attacks in the "harshest and most obvious way."