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News Brief

  6/26/2013, Tammuz 18, 5773

400 Million Shekels for Arab Israeli Communities


A Knesset steering committee discussed on Wednesday implementing an 400 million shekel plan for infrastructure in Israeli communities populated by the Arabic speaking community, including Muslims, Christians, Druze, Bedouin and other minorities. The meeting was chaired by Harel Locker of the Prime Minister's Office. The proposal will be for a 5-year plan to add new roads, housing units and more. In attendance were officials from the Ministry of Housing and government agencies dealing with road safety, homeland security, tourism, and the Israel Lands Authority.

The program includes such communities as Umm al-Fahm, Dalit El Carmel, Nazareth, Sakhnin, Rahat and others. One of the stated goals was the integration of minorities in to social and economic sphere. Although not stated, some speculate that building roads and housing will enable greater regulation of property taxes, utility usage and other matters in such areas on the periphery.