MK Kirshenbaum: Arabs Are an Economic Burden on Israel

'Arabs in Israel want equal rights, but they don't want to contribute to the state,' Knesset member tells German-Israeli sister cities conference in Jerusalem.

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Israeli Arabs are a burden on the state, Knesset Member Faina Kirshenbaum (Likud-Beiteinu) said Monday.

"The Arabs are an economic burden on the state. They barely pay taxes and receive enormous budgets from the state," Kirshenbaum told a German-Israeli sister cities conference held in Jerusalem by the Union of Local Authorities in Israel.

"The Arabs in the State of Israel pay NIS 400 million in taxes, but receive benefits worth at least NIS 11 billion," she said.

"The Arabs in the State of Israel want equal rights, but they don't contribute to the state. In order to receive equal rights, they must contribute to the state like every other citizen and serve three years, either in national service or in their communities."

"Only 38 percent of Israeli citizens pay taxes, and a small portion of them are minorities. Tax-paying citizens of the state are carrying the rest of the population on their backs," she added.

MK Faina Kirshenbaum in the Knesset in January, 2012. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum



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