Israeli Arab poverty rates are dropping, according to data presented at a conference held on Thursday in the northern Israeli Arab town of Arara, yet the sector is set to increase pressure on the government for funds, an NGO head told The Jerusalem Post.
The conference, partly organized by the Mossawa Center – The Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel, dealt with poverty and unemployment in the Arab sector.
Kulanu’s MK Eli Alalouf, who heads the Labor, Welfare and Health Committee, spoke at the event.
Jafar Farah, the director of Haifa’s Mossawa Center, told the Post that the new government must take responsibility for the problems in the Arab community.
“The budget for dealing with the poor is relatively low and needs to increase especially in areas where Arab poverty is high,” he said.