Haaretz Editorial on Dirasat Report: A civics lesson | | Political and Legal Attacks on the Palestinian-Arab Minority in Israel | | Arab educators in uproar over plan to study Begin and Ben-Gurion - Haaretz, 18.6.12 | | Netanyahu's housing reform ignores Israeli Arab communities, says new research (Haaretz, 29.3.2012) | | Conference Highlights the Importance of Higher Education for Arab-Palestinians | | Housing in Israel: The Unique Situation of Arab-Palestinian Citizens | | Position Paper: Arab Students and Higher Education - Problems and Challenges (Hebrew) | | Sensitive and small-scale (by Avirama Golan) | | Dirasat Releases a Publication on Arab Education’ | | Policy Statement: Lieberman’s support for ‘Population Exchange’ | | Establishment of an Arab Pedagogic Council | | Old problems, new challenges | | Arabs have no choice but to build illegally | Dirasat Releases a Report on Psychometric Exams | | Study reveals tax collection in Arab cities on the rise 0 | | Dirasat in Focus: Education as a Case Study0 | | Who's afraid of educated Arabs? (Haaretz, 24.7.09): 0
About Dirasat


DIRASAT’s Overarching Goal


Vision Statement

Mission Statement

Goals and Objectives

Strategies and activities

Guiding Principles

Dirasat in Comparative Perspective

List of Board Members


Establishing group

Recent Activities

Contact Us

Press Releases

Media Reports

Disparities in Socio-Economic Status
Disparities in Education

Disparities in Education (Hebrew)

Educational TV Program on the Arab Minority (Hebrew)
AFTER THE RIFT: New Directions for Government Policy towards the Arab Population in Israel (2000)English | Hebrew
Cancel the Minimum Age Requirements!
- UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities

- UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Reports of Human Rights Watch
Back to Basics: Israel’s Arab Minority and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (International Crisis Group, 2012)


Palestinian Local Government in Israel: Political, Social and Legal Aspects

Dirasat, with the support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, embarked in 2009 on an applied research project aimed at supporting the functioning of Arab local authorities in Israel.  The initiative has resulted in a newly published book in Hebrew entitled Palestinian Local Government in Israel: Political, Social and Legal Aspects (2013) and edited by Dr. Yousef T. Jabareen and Dr. Mohanad Mustafa.  The book is the fruit of several years of labor by a group of leading Arab Palestinian researchers, academics and professionals.  As a team, they investigated – in depth – various obstacles to efficient and effective functioning of Arab local authorities in Israel.  The researchers represented various research and professional backgrounds; this greatly enriched research outcomes while also ensuring that the book provides a comprehensive perspective on the reality and challenges facing Arab local government.  This groundbreaking work is the most comprehensive applied research initiative to date focusing on Arab local authorities and led by an Arab group.
The book is being released at an important time as Arab local governance over the last decade has faced a serious crisis.  Many local Arab authorities have found themselves facing large monetary deficits, liquidity problems and poor standards of payment to employees and service providers.  This state of affairs is particularly distressing as local government is one of the few areas where, conceivably, Arabs could self-steer their own institutions.  Some 90% of Arab-Palestinians in Israel reside in over 70 Arab-only localities.  Given that Arab local government has the potential to advance and empower Palestinian society in Israel, this tremendous potential is being wasted and Arab citizens are not getting the services they require or deserve.
The book contributes to turning the situation around.  Accordingly, it presents an overview and analysis of common dilemmas facing Arab local authorities and the Arab Palestinian community in general.  Following from this, the papers aim to strengthen the functioning of these bodies and their position vis a vis Israel’s central government while also transforming local governance into a central and effective avenue for the realization of social rights for Arab Palestinian citizens.  The aim of the research is to provide local government and other stakeholders with practical tools for advancing socio-economic and political transformation within the Arab Palestinian community.  The insights and analysis in the book are supported by detailed and realistic recommended courses of action both vis a vis the national government and in relation to interactions with local stakeholders.  It is hoped that the findings will increase the professionalism and proper administration of Arab localities in Israel on the local and national levels


Table of Contents

Yousef T. Jabareen and Mohanad Mustafa / Between Governance and Local: On Local Governance in Palestinian Society in Israel

Part One: Issues of a Legal and Structural Nature

Rasem Khamaisy / Arab Local Authorities: Reality and Challenges

Yousef T. Jabareen / Critical Reflections on Legal Struggles of Arab Local Authorities

Kais Y. Nasser / Severe Housing Distress and Destruction of Arab Homes: Obstacles and Recommendations for Change

Salim Brik / Recommendations for Legislative Amendments as a Tool for Aiding the Recovery of Arab Local Councils

Part Two: Issues of Politics and Leadership

Assad Ghanem and Mohanad Mustafa / Palestinian Local Governance in Israel in Distress: “Partial Modernization” as a Possible Explanation

Nidal Hayak / Criteria for Selection of Political Candidates in Arab Local Government: Democracy or Clan- based?

Mohanad Mustafa / Local Leadership and the Governance Crisis: An Analysis from the Perspective of Local Leadership

Part Three: Political and Management Elements

Ahmad M. Hijazi and Assad Ghanem / Community Involvement and Its Influence in Shaping Local Education Agendas: Research Comparing Jewish and Arab Cities in Israel

Rafik Haj / Responsiveness in Paying Local Taxes as a Test Case for Collective Action

Khir Abu al-Hijah / Resistance to Establishing Oversight Committees in Order to Create Organization Change through the Lens of Employee Commitment and Satisfaction

P. O. Box 3190, - Nazareth 16131 - Tel: 972-4-6083333, Fax: 972-4-6083366 - Email: dirasat.aclp@gmail.com