Kisra Samia 311.
(photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)
The cabinet on Sunday unanimously approved a three-year NIS 680 million plan to
strengthen the Druse and Circassian communities, the Prime Minister’s Office
Formulated in cooperation with the Finance Ministry and
including input from other ministries and representatives of the Druse and
Circassian communities, the plan will focus on tackling problems in the fields
of education, housing and social welfare.
Roughly NIS 222m. will go
toward building classrooms and kindergartens; NIS 16m to social welfare
institutions; and NIS 4m. will be invested in commemorating fallen Druse
and Circassian soldiers.
In addition, NIS 16m. will be invested in
employment training and guidance centers; NIS 6m. to encourage small and medium
businesses; and more than NIS 200m. to housing and infrastructure.
and Circassian towns to benefit from the plan are Yirka, Beit Jann, Julis,
Hurfeish, Kisra-Samia, Yanoach-Jat, Sajur, Kafr Kama, Ein al-Asad, Reihania,
Peki’in, Rama and Abu Sinan. In addition, NIS 32m. will be invested in
Daliat al-Carmel, Usfiya and Maghar, for needs that were not met under a
previous cabinet decision.
“We have a special relationship with the Druse
and Circassian sectors, which contribute so much to the IDF, the state and its
security,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said. “We are aware of the problems
in the sector, and today we want to correct the plight that has built up over
He added: “This government is working intensively to
strengthen various populations in the State of Israel; we recently approved a
plan worth almost NIS 1 billion for the non-Jewish sector.”
The new plan
follows earlier moves by the government to boost economic development among
minorities. A NIS 160m. initiative was launched in July 2009 aimed at upgrading
existing businesses and helping to establish new ones in the sector. That
project will continue for the next 10 years.