Israeli Internal Security Agency Shin Bet has the power to reject appointment or dismiss Arab teachers at Arab schools, Israeli Ynet News has reported.
According to Days of Palestine, a former official at the Israeli Ministry of Education, Emmanuel Koplovich, toldÂ Ynet NewsÂ that Shin Bet has rejected the appointment of many qualified teachers.
â€śShin Bet was involved in everything regarding recruitment for education positions,â€ť confirmed the former head of the agency, Knesset member Yacob Berri. â€śIt is still active in Arab schools to this day.â€ť
The news website revealed that Shin Bet targeted the Arab teachers in cooperation with the ministry. Teachers did not know why they were dismissed or not accepted for a position.
It also revealed that some of the teachers were not involved in any political activities, but were rejected because of the political activities of one of their relatives.
According to the reports, information about Arab teachers and head teachers was circulated among different government institutions, mainly the education ministry and the Prime Ministerâ€™s office.
The Director of Adalah Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Hassan Jabareen, said that Shin Betâ€™s interference in the recruitment and dismissal of Arab teachers and head teachers has been known for a long time in the Arab community.
Such actions reiterates the hostility of the Israeli Education Ministry towards the countryâ€™s Arab citizens, who make up a fifth of the population.
â€śThe Shin Bet has an important role,â€ť insisted the former Director General of the Ministry of Education, Samson Shoshani. â€śIts mission is to make sure than no oppression is practiced against anyone.â€ť
He added: â€śWe are not against extremist teachers, but against extremist people in regard to loyalty to the state.â€ť