The notion of having an Arab university in the State of Israel
is exceedingly controversial, but also of great value and political and cultural
significance. Can such a dream become a reality in a state that defines
itself as Jewish, as well as democratic? This article discusses the vision of
establishing an Arab university, including the previous attempts to establish
one, the barriers and obstacles encountered, the reality of inequality
of academic rights, and how this dream might actually be brought to fruition.
The creation of an Arab university could represent an important step
in serving the needs of Israel’s Arab citizens, promoting their status in the
state, and protecting their identity, culture, and even existence.