Last update - 18:13 23/11/2008     
      Israel appoints first Arab female professor in country's history  
      By Ofri Ilani, Haaretz Correspondent  
      Tags: Israeli Arabs   

      The Appointments Committee of the Higher Education Council on Sunday 
bestowed the title of professor on Haula Abu-Bakar, a teacher and lecturer at 
Jezreel Valley College, making her the first ever female Israeli-Arab professor 
in Israel. 

      Dr. Abu Bakar, 53, a resident of Acre, is seen as a trailblazing figure 
in the study of mental health in the Arab sector, focusing on how the issues of 
gender, mental health and sexual violence affect the community. 

      Abu Bakar also authored the book "On an unpaved path", dealing with the 
female Arab political leaders, and "The Upright Generation", which dealt with 
the lives of Palestinian youths in Israel. 



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