• September 06, 2015
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    Declaration from Arab Academics in support of Arab Private Schools
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Declaration from Arab Academics in support of Arab Private Schools Declaration

We the undersigned, a group of Arab academics, hereby express our support and solidarity with the demands of the “Private” schools in the Arab society in Israel as they strive to continue with their noble mission. These schools struggle to have their rights honored by receiving their adequate share of funding from the Ministry of Education, on an equal basis with their counterpart within the Jewish community. Currently private Jewish schools receive a significantly larger budget compared to the private schools that serve the Arab society.

Many of our private schools have existed for decades, long time before the establishment of the state of Israel, and have diligently raised up and taught hundreds of thousands of women and men coming from all sectors and religions comprising the Arab society in Israel. These educational institutions have been playing a major role in preparing their distinguished graduates who occupy the highest academic, scientific and social ranks. Therefore, the outstanding contribution of these educational institutions has been effective, with a significant positive impact on the social and economic infrastructure of the state of Israel.

We wish to attest to the fact that these private schools are not serving only the rich within the Arab community. We therefore refute the official attitude of the government to transform these schools into becoming at service only to the rich and only to those who can afford it. The vast majority of the students enrolled in these schools come from the middle class, especially in the mixed cities, where Jews and Arabs live together. The presence of private schools in mixed cities, such as Acre, Haifa, Jaffa, Ramleh and Lod, serve all social sectors of our society regardless of religious affiliation or financial background. In addition, graduates of these schools play an important role in improving the socioeconomic level and structure in their communities, which has direct impact in preventing the deterioration of the youth into the crime scene and violence that are, unfortunately, prevalent within our society.

These schools currently educate 33,000 students. This is a significant number that demonstrates the size of the moral and professional burden that these schools are carrying on behalf of the local governmental authorities that are supposed to fulfill this responsibility toward its Arab citizens and tax-payers. Therefore, these schools cannot be ignored or discounted, and they are here to stay to serve all sectors and religions of the Arab society. We therefore strongly request that the responsible authorities comply with the just demands of these private educational institutions, funding them equally with the Jewish schools without any further delay.




Signatures:

• Prof. Edriss Titi - Scientist, Researcher and Lecturer in the Texas A&M University, (USA) and the Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel) and a member of the Al-Maram Association.
• Prof. Hossam Haick –Scientist, Researcher and Lecturer in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel), Director of the SNIFFPHONE and the VOLGACORE consortiums in the European Commission, and a member of the Al-Maram Association.
• Prof. Zaher Azam – Director in the Department of Internal Medicine B and the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology- (Haifa, Israel) and a member of Al-Maram Association
• Dr. Ousama Moalem - Director of the Baptist School (Nazareth, Israel) and a member of the Al-Maram Association.
• Assist. Prof. Mahmood Jabareen – Scientist, Researcher and Lecturer in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel) and a member of the Al-Maram Association.
• Prof. Ashraf Brik - Scientist, Researcher and Lecturer in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel) and a member of the Al-Maram Association
• Prof. Mouna Maroun - Scientist, Researcher and Lecturer in the University of Haifa (Haifa, Israel) and a member of the Al-Maram Association.
• Assist. Prof. Nabih Ayoub- Scientist, Researcher and Lecturer in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel) and a member of the Al-Maram Association.
• Dr. Rania Hussein Farraj – Lecturer in Sakhnine College (Sakhnine, Israel) and a member of the Al-Maram Association.
• Assist. Prof. Jack Haddad - Scientist, Researcher and Lecturer in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel) and a member of the Al-Maram Association.
• Prof. David Sheikh-Hamad - Physician and researcher in the Department of Biology in the Beylor College of Medicine (Texas, USA).
• Prof. Riad Agbaria - Scientist, Researcher and Lecturer in the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Be'er Sheva, Israel).
• Prof. Daoud Bshouty - Scientist, Researcher and Lecturer in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel).
• Assoc. Prof. Elinor Saiegh-Haddad, Researcher and Lecturer in Bar-Ilan University (Ramat-Gan, Israel).
• Prof. Hassan Azaizeh – Researcher and Lecturer in Tal-Hai College (Tal-Hai, Israel).
• Prof. Nader Bshouty - Scientist, Researcher and Lecturer in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Hala Khoury Bisharat - Lecturer in the University of Haifa (Haifa, Israel)
• Dr. Remma Daas - Lecturer in the Arab Academic College of Education (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Roseland Daeem - Lecturer in the Arab Academic College of Education (Haifa, Israel).
• Prof. Elias Toubi - Head of the Department of Immunology in Bne-Tsion Hospital and Head of the Admission Committee in the Faculty of Medicine in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel).
• Prof. George Kanazeh - Researcher and Lecturer in the University of Haifa (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Basillius Bawardi– Researcher and Lecturer in Bar-Ilan University (Ramat-Gan, Israel)
• Dr. Raed Mualem - Lecturer in the Oranim Academic College for Education (Oranim, Israel).
• Dr. Nazih Kassis - Lecturer in the University of Haifa and the Arab Academic College of Education (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Khalil Rinawi - Researcher and Lecturer in Tel-Aviv University (Tel-Aviv, Israel).
• Dr. Abdalla Khotbeh – Lecturer in the Aerospace Sciences Center (Taybeh, Israel).
• Dr. Rami Eid – Researcher and Lecturer in the Shamoon College of Engineering (Be'er Sheba, Israel).
• Mr. Baker Awawdy - Director of the Galilee Society - The Arab National Society for Health Research and Services (Shfaraam, Israel).
• Dr. Ahmad Yazbek - Researcher in the Galilee Research Center (Shfaraam, Israel).
• Dr. Morad Nakhleh - Researcher in INSERM 9999 (Paris, France).
• Dr. Haitham Amal - Researcher in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Boston, USA).
• Dr. Zuheir Tibi - Physician in the "Clalit" clinic (Netanya, Israel).
• Dr. Muhammad Bashouti – Researcher in the Max-Plank Institute for the science of Light (Erlangen, Germany).
• Assoc. Prof. Jihad El-Sana - Scientist, Researcher, and Lecturer in the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Be'er Sheva, Israel).
• Assoc. Prof. Zaid Abbasi - Scientist, Researcher, and Lecturer in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel).
• Prof. Amer Abu-Hanna - Researcher and Lecturer in the University of Florida (USA).
• Assoc. Prof. Farid Nakhoul – Researcher and Lecturer in the Bar-Ilan University (Ramat-Gan, Israel).
• Dr. Abed Azab – Researcher in the Galilee Society - The Arab National Society for Health Research and Services (Shfaraam, Israel).
• Dr. Omaima Abboud - Lecturer in Arab Academic College of Education (Haifa, Israel)
• Dr. Eyad Jahshan – Clinical Doctor in the French Hospital (Nazareth, Israel).
• Dr. Ruwaida Abu Rass – UNESCO Chair Holder for Promoting Multiculturalism in Teacher Edcucation at Beit Berl College (Beit Berl, Israel).
• Dr. Rawia Mualem - Chief of the Ingestive Diseases Department in the Holy Family Hospital (Nazareth, Israel).
• Dr. Suheir Hassan Assadi - Head of the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension of the Rambam Medical Center and a Researcher and Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine in the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Jeries Jadoun - Researcher in the in the field of Microbiology in the Galilee Society - The Arab National Society for Health Research and Services (Shfaraam, Israel).
• Assist. Prof. Bishara Bishara - Head of the department of Endoscopy and Deputy Head of the Department of Surgery of the RAMBAM Medical Center (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Eilas Daw- Lecturer in the Faculty of Law in the University of Haifa (Haifa, Israel).
• Assoc. Prof. Imad Kassis - Pediatrician and Infectious Disease Specialist in the RAMBAM Medical Center (Haifa, Israel)
• Dr. Hanan Karkabi-Jaraisy - Lecturer in the Arab Academic College of Education (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Rabeea Assy - Researcher and Lecturer in the Faculty of Law in the University of Haifa (Haifa, Israel)
• Prof. Michael Karyanni- Lecturer in the Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel).
• Dr. Samer Diab - Surgoen in the Department of Cardiology of the RAMBAM Medical Center (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Michael Maroun - Researcher and Lecturer in the Academic College for Music (Jerusalem, Israel)
• Prof. Taiseer Elias - Researcher and Lecturer in the Academic College for Music (Jerusalem, Israel)
• Dr. Helen Motanis - Researcher in the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) (Los Angeles, USA).
• Dr. Hala Harony-Nicolas- Researcher in Mount Sinai Institute (New York, USA).
• Dr. Fahed Hakim - Pediatrician in the RAMBAM Medical Center and Lecturer in the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel).
• Assist. Prof. Mahmood Sleeman- Lecturer and Specialist in the Cardiology Department of the RAMBAM Medical Center (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Haitham Taha – Researcher in the University of Haifa (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Samy Jeries - Physician in the Department of Internal Diseases of the RAMBAM Medical Center (Haifa, Israel).
• Prof. Sabre Kais - Scientist, Reseracher and Lecture Purdue University (USA).
• Dr. Issam Saba h- Researcher and Lecturer in Ort Braudy College (Karmiel, Isreal).
• Dr. Rony Nasser - Specialist in the Department of Internal Diseases of the RAMBAM Medical Center (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Ahmad Idilbi – Scientist and Researcher in the Pennsylvania State University (USA)
• Dr. Suhail Karkabi – Director of Shoulder Service in the RAMBAM Medical Center (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Hanadi Abu Ahmad- Lecturer in the Arab Academic College in Haifa (Haifa, Israel)
• Dr. Afif Yaacoub - Specialist in Internal Diseases and the Digestive System Department of the RAMBAM Medical Center (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Jihad Fadel Khoury - Physician in the Department of Internal Diseases of the RAMBAM Medical Center (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Ahmad A. Hujeirat - Scientist, Researcher and Lecturer in the Heidelberg University (Heidelberg, Germany).
• Dr. Fadel Bahouth - Cardiologist and Specialist in Department of Internal Diseases of the RAMBAM Medical Center (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Eduard Sader - Lecturer of Physics in at Beit Berl College (Beit Berl, Israel).
• Dr. Rawi Ramadan - Head of the Department of Kidney Transplant of the RAMBAM Medical Center, and a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine in the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Badera Faheem-Makhoul - Specialist in Internal diseases and the Digestive System in the RAMBAM Medical Center (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Thabet Abu Rass - Scientist, Researcher and Lecturer in the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Be'er Sheva, Israel).
• Dr. Mohamad Ibraheem Nafaa - Specialist in Internal Diseases and Rheumatic Diseases in the RAMBAM Medical Center, and a Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel).
• Dr. Kamil Azzam - Pgysicain and City Council Member (Shfaraam, Israel).
• Dr. Ahmed Tafesh - Vice President for New Business Development of TransBiodiesel Ltd. (Nazareth, Israel).
• Nidal Masalha- Researcher in the Galilee Society - The Arab National Society for Health Research and Services (Shfaraam, Israel).
• Magda Zaher Salem - Lecturer of Economics and Financial Markets at Birzeit University (Jerusalem, Israel).
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