Many Israeli-Arabs do not meet the admission requirements of Israel universities. Therefore, they often make the same decision: study in the West Bank in the universities that are known as radical strongholds of Hamas and Fatah.
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Approximately 5,000 Arab-Israeli university students go to study in the West Bank, most of whom go to the Hebron University. At least 1,500 of the university’s students are Israeli citizens.
“I tried to get accepted to several Israeli universities,” stated one student. Like him, most of the students didn’t get accepted to Israeli institutions. “They are not accepted not because they are Bedouins,” stated a Ben-Gurion University professor. “But because their achievements are very low. The level of education in the high schools is very problematic.”
These universities are known as political strongholds and radical greenhouses for nationalism and sometimes even terrorism. That’s why the courses of the Israeli students are mostly separated from the courses of the other students and take place on weekends when the other students aren’t around.
One suggestion to a solution is the establishment of a college for the Bedouin community in the Negev. According to MK Yossi Yona: “The government’s refusal to respond to the needs of the Bedouin population and to establish a college that meets their unique demands is an injustice.” However, others believe that separation isn’t the solution.