Arabs to hold general strike October 1

Supreme Arab Monitoring Committee: Reason behind decision is "continued State discrimination."

Barakei 248 88 (photo credit: Knesset )
Barakei 248 88
(photo credit: Knesset )
The Supreme Arab Monitoring Committee declared on Wednesday that the Israeli-Arab sector will hold a one-day general strike on October 1st, marking the anniversary of the October 2000 riots in which 13 Israeli-Arabs were killed. The committee explained that the reason behind the decision was the "continued State discrimination against its Arab citizens." In recent years, the Israeli-Arab sector did not strike on October 1st. Hadash Chairman MK Mohammad Barakei claimed that as of late, the number of discriminatory phenomena has been on the rise. According to Barakei, this is evident in actions and statements made by senior ministers. Meanwhile, in a response to angry statements made on Monday by Arab educators threatening civil disobedience if Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar carries through with recently-announced plans to drop the word "Nakba" from Arab textbooks and to introduce classes on Jewish culture and history, Sa'ar sounded a conciliatory tone while visiting schools in the north on Tuesday. "I have no intention of 'Judaizing' anyone and no one has heard me say that I would impose the national anthem on the Arab schools," Sa'ar told students at a high school in Shfaram, which he visited together with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. "But I do intend on starting a new program, in grades four through nine, called 'Israeli Heritage and Culture,' in which students will study [about] the Hebrew calendar, the country's flag, and the national anthem." Sa'ar also promised to "invest effort, thought, and funds in order to promote education among Muslims, Druze, Circassians, and Bedouins," who he said comprise 40 percent of classes in the country's schools.