360 million shekels allocated to Arab culture

The program includes the establishment of the first Israeli Arab culture museum, a theater school, a heritage center for Arab culture, the establishment of a cinema with the opening of art galleries in Arab areas.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Mansour Abbas
Mansour Abbas
Arutz Sheva

As part of the coalition agreements with the United Arab List (UAL) party and as part of a new program, the state decided to allocate a sum of NIS 360 million for the culture industry in the Arab sector, the newspaper Yediot Ahronot reported.

The program, led by the Ministry of Social Equality and the Ministry of Culture, includes the establishment of a museum, the first of its kind for Israeli Arabs; a theater school; a heritage center for Arab culture; and the establishment of a cinema with the opening of art galleries in Arab areas.

MK Mansour Abbas (UAL) expressed great satisfaction with the move.

"The program emphasizes what we all know," saids Abbas. "Culture is one of the most important means of reducing disparities, employment, leisure and the eradication of violence in Arab society. Culture today is a priority for the government, and not as it used to be on the fringes of public debate. Today we understand that it is up to Arab society to enjoy by right and not by grace the rich and diverse Arab culture. "

Minister of Culture and Sports Hili Tropper (Blue and White) added that, "This is significant news and for the first time culture is included in the program for the Arab sector. A healthy society allows all its citizens to consume a diverse and rich culture, and the new program will contribute unprecedentedly."

Minister of Social Equality Meirav Cohen (Yesh Atid) concluded, "Over the years, support for cultural institutions in Arab society has been very low. In the program, we want to give a boost to cultural institutions in Arab society so that they can stand in line with reputable institutions across the country."



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