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July 01, 2012

What Gideon Levy is Missing in Nazareth

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Students at the Nazareth Academic Institute

As is often the case, Ha'aretz's Gideon Levy is again loose with the facts. Today he writes:

The fact that for 64 years no new Arab city has been founded or developed, no industrial zone established, and no Arab university has come into being does not show equality.

Gideon Levy should find the time to go to Nazareth. He would be happy to learn that Israeli billionaire Stef Wertheimer is building the Nazareth Industrial Park, to serve the city's Arab population.

Watch Israel 21C's video about the park:

As for Arab universities, he should make a stop at the Nazareth Academic Institute. Its Web site explains:

Established at the initiative of the Arab community in Israel, Nazareth Academic Institute (NAI) seeks to increase access to higher education for young Arab women and men in Israel and foster a participating citizenship in the country .

The institute has operated for 5 years (2003-2008) as a branch of the University of Indianapolis, USA. Offering baccalaureate degrees in Communications, Computer Science and Chemistry, NAI has produced 228 graduates, 70% of them are women .

On November 1st 2010 the Nazareth Academic Institute proudly opened its first academic year as an independent Israeli College, accredited by the Israeli Council of Higher Education .

NAI is an egalitarian institute, open to Jews and Arabs alike and operating in harmony of citizens of all backgrounds. Uniquely in Israel and the Middle East, It is jointly managed by Arabs and Jews. Arabic, Hebrew and English are its languages of study.

Were Levy genuinely interested in advancing Israeli Arabs culturally and economically, as he claims in his Op-Ed, he would do well to promote the positive initiatives in these fields, rather than pretending they don't exist.

Posted by TS at July 1, 2012 06:18 AM


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