Tiny fraction of Culture Ministry budget allocated to Arab language arts

By
May 24, 2016 19:31

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Only three percent of the Culture Ministry’s budget is allocated towards supporting arts in the Arabic language, a Knesset panel revealed on Tuesday.

The Knesset Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, headed by MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List) convened for a discussion regarding “Women Creating in the Arabic language” as part of the events marking Arabic Language Day at the Knesset.

When asked by Touma-Sliman to provide data regarding the government’s allocation towards Arabic language arts for women, representatives of the culture ministry said they were unable to differentiate whether funds were allocated towards women or men. 

They said that the ministry was currently in the process of “mapping out” where its funding is being allocated.

The representatives also said that each year a NIS 50,000 prize is allocated to an artist in the Arabic language, only that in 2015 the prize was not awarded due to a lack of a budget.

Touma-Sliman summarized the discussion and demanded the Culture Ministry increase the budget to support culture in the Arabic language.

Related Content

Breaking news
August 21, 2018
UK foreign minister Hunt: Trump not the isolationist many feared

By REUTERS