Summary and Conclusions
The experience is instructive regarding the extent to which the literature published in Israel ignores the Arab population, both with respect to the subject of social welfare and in general. Different social groups in the Arab population suffer from different dimensions of need, and for different reasons. In the mixed cities, the Arab population endures more than do other groups in this population. In general, the standard of living of the elderly population is lower than that of the Arab population as a whole, and some of them live in profound distress. Most of the Arab elderly live in the same house as their children. The state of the services provided for Arab children, both the more basic services and other social welfare services, has brought most of the Arab children in Israel to the profound distress in which they are living. The Arab probation officers work many more hours than do their colleagues in the Jewish sector.