Arab children are 2.7 times more likely to die in an accident of some kind than Jewish children, according to data presented by the children's advocacy group Beterem to the Knesset Committee on Child Rights on Monday.

Between 2000-2006, Arab children were six times more likely than Jewish children to be killed in a traffic accident. In 2001-2002, 45 percent of traffic accidents were caused by unsafe pedestrian conduct; 16 percent involved vehicular accidents in house yards and backing out of parking spots.

The injury rate among Arab children is disproportionate to their share of the population: 41 percent of children injured in recent years were Arabs, even though only 25 percent of Israeli children are Arabs.

Committee chair MK Nadia Hilou (Labor) said Tuesday that this grim picture can be changed if sufficient funds are allocated. "The work being done is still very limited and most of the Arab population has not been exposed to it," she said.

The committee called for an interministerial committee to be set up, headed by the Health Ministry, to devise a multiyear national emergency program on child safety in the Arab population.