The ‘right’ education in Israel: segregation, religious ethnonationalism, and depoliticized professionalism

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This paper underlines three foundations upon which the current condition of the Israeli education system is predicated. These are: (a) the separation between Palestinians and Jews in the Israeli education system and isolating both from any significant contact; (b) endorsing a strong ethno-religious ethos and narratives that widen the chasm between the Jewish ‘us’ and the Palestinian ‘them’; and (c) shaping education for the Palestinians in Israel as a highly standardized and de-contextualized endeavor that excludes ideology and politics, which are seen as irrelevant to good professionalism, while substantiating and thickening the ideological education in the Jewish education system in line with the right political agenda. In doing so, this paper contextualizes these foundations in the recent developments of Israeli politics. Particularly, the paper associates these foundations with the rise of the extreme right politics in Israel, arguing that these, taken together, serve the state’s efforts to continue preserving its excluding ethnocentric political regime and controlling the Arab Palestinian education in Israel under conditions of subordination and inequality.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)18-34
Number of pages17
JournalCritical Studies in Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2018


  • Arab education in Israel
  • Education policy and politics
  • Jewish education
  • Palestinian-Israeli conflict
  • neo-liberalism

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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