The Israeli government generally respected the human rights of its citizens in 2006, a US State Department report published Tuesday said.
However, according to the departmentâ€™s annual survey of human rights practices, there were problems in some areas, including serious abuses by some members of the security forces against Palestinian detainees.
â€œPoor conditions and improper application of security internment procedures persisted in some detention and interrogation facilities,â€ it said.
The report said institutional, legal, and societal discrimination against Israeli Arabs continued, and non-Orthodox Jews and other religious groups continued to face discrimination in personal and civil status matters.
â€œThe educational systems for Arab and Jewish students remained unequal. Traf in and abuse of women and foreign workers remained a problem in some areas and industries although the government passed new anti-traf legislation,â€ the report said.
â€œDe facto discrimination against persons with disabilities occurred, and government corruption and other criminal activity by political leaders was a problem