Israeli-Arab pharmacists still facing barriers in their professional integration

Arab-Israeli pharmacists, accounting for about a third of those in the profession here, face more barriers than their Jewish colleagues, including in salary and advancement, according to a new study by Jerusalem’s Taub Center for Social Policy Studies.

Based on in-depth interviews with pharmacists, managers and owners of pharmacies, the authors – Prof. Noah Lewin-Epstein, Prof. Alexandra Kalev, Erez Marantz and Shimrit Slonim – found large differences in salaries between Jewish female pharmacists and their Arab-Israeli counterparts, apparently due to differences in seniority. All the female Arab-Israeli pharmacists interviewed earned less than NIS 10,000 a month, compared to just 40 percent of their Jewish colleagues.


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