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 4112/99, Adalah, et. al. v. The Municipalities of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, et. al.
HCJ 4438/97, Adalah, et. al. v. The Ministry of Transportation, et. al., Takdim Elyon, 1998 (1) 11)
HCJ 989/99, Adalah, et. al. v. Registrar of Political Parties, et. al.
HCJ 1114/01, Adalah, et. al. v. Haifa Municipality.
HCJ 792/02, Adalah v. The Director of the Courts, et. al.
HCJ 2814/97, Follow-Up Committee on Arab Education, et. al. v. Minister of Education, et. al., P.D. 54 (3) 233
HCJ 5562/97, Maisa Zoabi, et. al. v. Municipality of Afula, et. al.
HCJ 8534/99, The Parents Committee in Segev Shalom, et. al. v. The Government-Appointed Council in Segev Shalom, et. al.
HCJ 5221/00, Dahlala Abu Ghardud, et. al. v. Ramat HaNegev Regional Council, et. al.
HCJ 7383/01, Megel el-Hawashleh, et. al. v. Minister of Education, et. al.
HCJ 3757/03, Ismael Mohammad Abu Guda, et. al. v. Minister of Education, et. al.
HCJ 4219/03, Hani Aamer, et. al. v. Minister of Education, et. al.
HCJ 4177/04, Yusef Abu-Abied, et al. v. The Ministry of Education, et al.
HCJ 8193/04, Union of Parents of Arab Students in Israel, et. al. v. The Ministry of Education, et. al.
HCJ 6773/05, Ali Afnan Jabouah, et. al. v. Ministry of Education, et. al.