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.
Join us at the 7th annual Community Education Day on Arab citizens of Israel for 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.
Nationwide, Israel's colleges and universities are working to make campuses a multicultural and inclusive environment where students from all backgrounds can succeed. As these programs take root in higher education, in what ways can they become transferable to other Israeli institutions? How can the skills developed on campuses impact society at large?
A number of Israel's teaching colleges have taken the lead by making shared society an essential part of their teaching curriculum. At Beit Berl, a teaching college that graduates almost 20% of Israel's Jewish and Arab public school teachers, these concepts are seen as key to closing achievement gaps and promoting active citizenship among all of Israel's citizens.
In early 2016, Sikkuy and the Seventh Eye Magazine launched the Arab Media Representation Index, a project to enhance the frequency and diversity of Arab representation in Hebrew media in Israel. Throughout its first year, the project raised awareness about issues of representation among journalists and media outlets and monitored mainstream Hebrew media for the scope and manner in which Arab experts and speakers were included. Programs and journalists who ranked well, including diverse and relatively frequent representation of Arab speakers on their shows were acknowledged, and those who did not were named as such.
In Arab society in Israel, how can gender equality be made a priority when the issue is often labeled a distraction from the plight for equality of the entire community, or an offense to its traditional values? What does it mean to strive for gender parity in employment, for example, when the entire Arab minority, male and female, is underrepresented in the workforce and economically disadvantaged?