Since Israel’s founding – and to this day – state officials have kept an eye on the employment, opinions, and actions of Arab public school teachers working in Palestinian communities in Israel. Two documents from the early 1950s reveal how closely teachers were watched, and exposes a protocol drafted at the time to ensure Palestinian teachers passed a reliability evaluation by the Arab Affairs Advisor, the military governors, the Ministry of Education, the Shin Bet, and the police.

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Supervisor of Arab Education to Arab Affairs Advisor
October 27, 1950

Director for Arab Education at the Ministry of Education to Nazareth Military Governor
October 19, 1950