Israeli Courts Exercise Anti-Arab Bias

Arab Israelis charged with certain types of crimes are more likely than their Jewish counterparts to be convicted.

A study has revealed that courts in Israel discriminate against Israeli-Arab lawbreakers by convicting a greater percentage of that group than Jewish criminals.

The study by the Israel Bar Association shows that 48.3 percent of Arabs receive sentences for crimes in comparison with 33.6 percent of the Jews convicted in trials, Ha’aretz reported on Tuesday.

The study involved 1,500 criminal cases ranging from assault and battery to drug and weapons offenses and property crimes between 1996 and 2005.

The study also shows that 71.2 percent of Jews receive probation sentences in comparison with 78.7 percent of Arabs.

Jewish criminals spend an average of nine and a half months in jail, but their Arab counterparts receive 14 months of imprisonment, according to the study.

Experts say Israeli Arabs continue to be subject to institutional, legal and societal discrimination.

(Press TV)

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