Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Cultural Rights | Economic Rights | Education Rights | Health Rights | Water Rights

Economic, social and cultural rights run the gamut from protection of minority language rights, to the right to an education, to the right to water. The breadth of the category highlights the pervasiveness of Israel's state discrimination against Arab citizens. Arab schools receive less funding; religious sites of the Arab Christian and Muslim populations are not protected alongside Jewish ones; Arab citizens face discrimination in employment; their municipalities are treated unfairly in budget allocations; and in the unrecognized Bedouin villages of the Naqab very few social services are provided at all.

Some of Adalah's main litigation includes: ensuring Israel implements a 2006 Supreme Court decision which declared that the 'National Priority Area' discriminates against Arabs; fighting for basic social services – such as water, electricity, schools, roads, and mother and child health clinics – in the Arab Bedouin unrecognized villages; challenging regulations which prohibit Arabs from opening their stores on Saturday; and achieving equal treatment for the Arabic language on road signs and in governmental operations, as befits its status official status.

A complete list of cases is available here. To filter by specific topics, use the links above:

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Civil Appeal 2541/12 - Salib Abu al-Qi'an vs. The Government Authority for Water and Sewage
HCJ 6223/01, National Committee of Arab Mayors, et. al. v. Ministry of the Interior, et. al.
HCJ 4822/02, The National Committee of Arab Mayors and Adalah v. Avraham Burg, Chair of the Knesset, et. al.
HCJ 6488/02, The National Committee of Arab Mayors, et. al. v. The Director's Committee for Fighting Unemployment in Settlements with High Unemployment Rates, et. al.
HCJ 8249/04, Ziad Matar et. al. vs. Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor.
HCJ 10662/04, Salah Hassan, et. al. v. The National Insurance Institute, et. al.
HCJ 11956/05, Suhad Bishara, et. al. v. The Ministry of Construction and Housing.
HCJ 3441/06, Manal Gantous, et. al. v. Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, et. al.
HCJ 7444/06, Abeer Shehade, et al. v. The Minister of Finance, et al.
HCJ 240/98, Adalah, et. al. v. Minister of Religious Affairs, et. al., P.D. 54 (2) 167
H.C. 1113/99, Adalah, et. al. v. Minister of Religious Affairs, et. al., P.D. 54 (2) 164
HCJ 1399/00, Ittijah: The Union of Arab Community Based Organizations in Israel, et. al. v. Ministry of Religious
HCJ 1631/00 and HCJ 1878/00, Kaman Sawaed v. Magistrate Court of Akka, et. al., unpublished decision
HCJ 7311/02, Association for Support and Defense of Bedouin Rights in Israel, et. al. v. The Municipality of Beer Sheva, et. al.
HCJ 10532/04, Sheikh Abdullah Nimr Darwish, et. al. v. Minister of Religious Affairs, et. al.
Haifa District Court 18870/04 Msaab Dukhan et. al. v. Haifa University
HCJ 10026/01, Adalah v. Prime Minister, et. al.