The 7th annual Community Education Day on Arab citizens of Israel featured a screening of the documentary 77 Steps followed by a panel discussion with Fida Nara, Co-Director of Mahapach-Taghir,and Reem Zoabi Abu Ishak, Director of Nazareth Riyan Employment Center.
Now in its second year, the plan is already changing state-minority relations in Arab localities throughout Israel, and aims to boost Arab citizens' workforce participation, close gaps between the Arab minority and Jewish majority, and boost growth for the country as a whole.
The findings of the 2015 survey, “Still Playing by the Rules: Index of Arab-Jewish Relations in Israel” were released in early 2017. The Index, which has been conducted annually since 2003, details and analyzes responses to opinion surveys completed by Jewish and Arab citizens between March and October 2015. The annual survey allows for analysis of short and long-term trends, measuring attitudes of Jews and Arabs towards one another and the state across 16 different issues. In addition, questions are added each year based on regional developments. In 2015, participants were also asked about the Joint List (the unified political party comprised of the various Arab and one Jewish-Arab political parties), the 2015 Knesset campaign and elections, and Operation Protective Edge.
On April 25th, the Judicial Appointments Committee, which oversees the appointment of judges to all Israeli courts, unanimously confirmed the appointment of Hana Mansour-Khatib. In a similar fashion to the rabbinic courts, sharia courts have jurisdiction over personal status issues for the Muslim community in Israel including marriage, divorce, conversion, inheritance, and prevention of domestic violence.
On February 12th, the Government of Israel approved Resolution 2397, a new Socio-Economic Development Plan for Negev Bedouin. This is the second five-year economic development plan for Negev Bedouin and, at NIS 3 billion, the largest ever developed for the community. If implemented successfully, the plan stands to be a game changer for the society.
The Task Force held two conference calls on Resolution 2397 with government officials and civil society leaders who provided an overview of the plan and shared the Bedouin community's response.