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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Haifa District Court, Admin Petition 692/08 Khaled Farhat, et. al. v. The Mayor of Carmiel, et. al.
HCJ 6849/08 Adalah and ADVA v. The Histadrut National Federation of Labor Unions, et. al.
Tel Aviv District Court, Lawsuit 185/08 The Arab Students' Committee of Tel Aviv University, et. al. v. Tel Aviv University
H.C. 2848/05, Fatimah Abu Sbeli et al, v. The Ministry of Education, et al (decision issued 23 January 2007)
Tel Aviv District Court 1104/06 Farhan Abu Abeed v. Ness-ziona Municipality