Minister Regev stated that the reasons for her opposition to proposal are that she can't accept the idea that one-fifth of the population would get one-fifth of the budget. The Bill was intended to limit the discretionary power of the Minister over the distribution of funds. It was submitted in response to her initiative to make allocation of funding conditional upon loyalty to the state.
MK Jabareen presented harsh data that was exposed after The Mossawa Center and the Committee of the Heads of Arab local Authorities petitioned for increased funding to the Arab community to close the large gaps between the Jewish and Arab populations. After the submission the court ruled that the Ministry of Culture must conduct mapping on the culture needs in the Arab community. Researcher, Suad Nasser carried out the mapping, which found that 100% of Arab communities have no museums, art schools, or cinemas. In 80% of Arab communities there are no cultural activities. In 92% there is no support for artists from the Culture Administration, and in 72% of Arab communities there are no Palestinian art activities or galleries.
A full report from the mapping was presented to the Supreme Court, which ruled that the Ministry of Culture must submit a plan for the increase of funding to the Arab community.
This plan has yet to be submitted. Currently the Arab community only receives 3% of the Ministry of Culture’s budget.