A class at Tsofen: students discuss a problem while explaining a technical point.
(photo credit: TSOFEN)
OVER THE past two decades, even as Israel has developed a strong hi-tech industry, and earned the sobriquet “start-up nation,” much of its Arab population has remained on the outside. Arabs comprise 20% of Israel’s population, but only contribute to 8% of its GDP.There are 5,600 Arab engineers in the Israeli hi-tech work force today, out of a total of 120,000, which is a far cry from a fair representation of Arab society’s 20% share of the general population, and is a missed opportunity for the economic development of Arab society, since the hi-tech industry is the primary driver of growth in Israel today: hi-tech generates almost half (42.3%) of Israel’s export revenue.
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