The establishment did not show sufficient sensitivity to the needs of the Arab population, and did not take enough action in order to allocate state resources in an equal manner.The state did not do enough or try hard enough to create equality for its Arab citizens or to uproot discriminatory or unjust phenomenon." According to the 2004 U. State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for Israel and the Occupied Territories, the Israeli government had done "little to reduce institutional, legal, and societal discrimination against the country's Arab citizens." The 2005 US Department of State report on Israel wrote: "[T]he government generally respected the human rights of its citizens; however, there were problems in some areas, including...

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The report states that groups are not separated by official policy, but that Israel has a number of different sectors within the society are somewhat segregated and maintain their strong cultural, religious, ideological, and/or ethnic identity.

The report maintains that in spite of the existing social cleavages and economic disparities, the political systems and the courts represent strict legal and civic equality.

Alireza Karimi-Machiani, who was leading against Russia’s Alikhan Zhabrailov at the Senior U23 World Championship, went on to lose the match after apparently being ordered to throw in the towel rather than square off against Israeli Uri Kalashnikov.

Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up In a video clip of the bout, a voice can be heard yelling “lose Alireza” as the Iranian pulls ahead.

The issue of the treatment of Israeli athletes at international sporting events made headlines last month after Israeli medal winners at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam judo tournament were prohibited from displaying the Israeli flag, and the national anthem was not played for the Israeli who won a gold medal.

A judoka from the United Arab Emirates also refused to shake hands with his Israeli rival after losing a match.Although intermarriage between Ashkenazim and Sephardim/Mizrahim is increasingly common in Israel, and social integration is constantly improving, disparities continue to persist.Ethiopian Jews in particular have faced discrimination from non-Black Jews.It has been suggested that the situation of the Ethiopian Jews as 'becoming white' is similar to that of some European immigrants like Poles and Italians who arrived in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.Israel has broad anti-discrimination laws that prohibit discrimination by both government and nongovernment entities on the basis of race, religion, and political beliefs, and prohibits incitement to racism.But hardliners in the Islamic Republic insist that ideology trumps sports.