INTEGRATING ARABS INTO ISRAEL’S HI-TECH SECTOR

Nazareth’s path to success is mainly due to the existence of the necessary infrastructure to attract hi-tech companies established by Wertheimer.

By JOE CHARLAFF
September 6, 2018 19:46
A class at Tsofen: students discuss a problem while explaining a technical point

A class at Tsofen: students discuss a problem while explaining a technical point. (photo credit: TSOFEN)

 
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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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