Schools in Arab communities in Israel are to strike for two days this week, to demand proper funding. The strike has been called by the Mayors of Arab communities, who say that their continued demands for adequate school facilities have not been met, despite repeated promises. For example there are 4,502 classrooms too few - a shortfall of about 30%. In early years education, the situation is even worse - the shortfall is 61%, meaning only 3,325 Arab infants have school places.

A statement supporting the strike from the Mossawa Centre says that this dire situation 'is due to the negligence and discrimination of the Ministry of Education. which has underfunded education in Arab localities for decades.'

Meanwhile in Gaza, thousands of teachers in UNRWA schools struck for one day last week in protest at plans to lay off some teachers for twelve months and increase class sizes. Since the strike, UNRWA authorities have 'frozen' the decision about layoffs and delayed taking a decision on lifting the class size ceiling. As a result, despite the dreadful conditions in Gaza for both children and teachers, the school year there has started.