A leading Israeli driving school has “dispropor[ied]” the results of its first ever white drivers class in an effort to attract more minorities to the profession, a report said Monday.
The report, by the Center for Research and Analysis of Highways (CARHI), said that only 4 percent of drivers in Israel are black, compared to 30 percent in the United States and 40 percent in Spain.
It noted that there were about 2,500 black drivers in the country, compared with about 2 million white ones.
Israel has seen a rise in the number of minority drivers since 2005, when more than a third of the country’s 6,000-strong population was white.
The CARHI study, released in March, said that while there were 1,400 Jews among the countrys 6.7 million drivers, only one percent of the white drivers were Jews.
It noted that the number was even lower among blacks.
The majority of Israelis are white, CARHI said.
The study also said that many drivers were still “white-passing Jews,” and that they had to take tests that were “often discriminatory, outdated, and discriminatory.”CARHI said the number in the study was not representative of Israel’s entire population, because of its smaller population.CARHI Director Tzvi Zafir told The Jerusalem Times that while he was shocked by the results, he did not think it was unreasonable to expect the number to be higher than the one published in the mainstream media.
He said that his organization was “disappointed” and “disturbed” by the report.
Zafir said that the Israeli public is used to seeing Israeli Jews in driving schools, and that the report was “not representative of the majority of drivers.”
The CARHI study is not the first to suggest that the lack of minorities among the driving schools is due to a lack of qualified drivers.
In 2013, the Israel Civil Administration (ICA) published an assessment that said that of the total number of drivers employed by ICA, only about 30 percent were minorities.
The results were based on the number from 2006 to 2014, according to ICA.
ICA said that since then, there had been an increase in the proportion of minority applicants in the driving school pool.
It said that it did not provide statistics on how many minorities were in the pool in total, but that they were “well represented.”
The agency did not respond to a request for comment.
Last year, ICA released a study which concluded that the driving education industry in Israel had a disproportionate number of white applicants and had the potential to attract minority drivers.
It stated that the ICA’s report on driving schools “indicates a need to improve the number and quality of the drivers we train.”
It also said there was a “critical need for better integration of minority students in the ILA and other drivers education programs.”