Task Force Activities

Disagreement resolved over Joint Arab List Mid-Term Rotation
September 15, 2017

Since July of 2017, the four parties making up the Joint Arab List have been in a drawn-out dispute over implementation of a mid-term rotation agreement that was signed at the time of the list’s formation. The disagreement—which appears to have been resolved as of September 18th –tarnished the parties image in the eyes of the Arab public and was considered a threat to its unity by some.


Social Enterprise in the Negev: Employment, Empowerment and Jewish-Bedouin Relations | Sep 12
August 17, 2017

In 2009, Itzik Zivan, a successful Israeli businessman from Caesarea, learned about a promising catering project providing jobs for Bedouin women (whose employment rates are less than 25%). Zivan joined the initiative and helped turn Al Sanabel Catering into one of Israel’s most successful social enterprises. Today, its employees (mostly single mothers) prepare 9000 meals a day for schools throughout the region. As a result, Al Sanabel is being scaled and studied for duplication in Israel and abroad, and Zivan is working with government and civil society partners to make social enterprise an integral part of a new large-scale Jewish-Arab industrial park in the Negev.

What made this social enterprise succeed in Bedouin society, Israel's the poorest and most conservative community? What does its success tell us about economic development efforts and prospects for a more shared Israeli society? 


Quarterly Newsletter | Summer 2017
August 16, 2017

Our quarterly newsletter covers events and presentations, recent publications and resources, members' missions in Israel, and upcoming colleague visits to the US. 


Shootings on the Temple Mount - Arab Discourse and State-Minority Relations in the Aftermath
August 3, 2017

The July 14th shooting attack of two Druze police officers on the Temple Mount by three Arab citizens, and its aftermath, brought to the surface internal challenges within Israel's Arab community, deteriorated Jewish-Arab relations inside Israel, and reignited tensions surrounding control of the site.

Dr. Yonatan Mendel, Head of Manarat, The Van Leer Center for Jewish-Arab Relations, and Rawnak Natour, Co-Executive Director of Sikkuy, spoke to a Task Force audience on a conference call about the complexity of the events in their broader social and political context.


Conf. Call: Shootings on the Temple Mount - discourse and aftermath | July 31
July 27, 2017

The July 14th shooting attack of two Druze police officers on the Temple Mount by three Arab citizens, and its aftermath, brought to the surface internal challenges within Israel's Arab community, deteriorated Jewish-Arab relations inside Israel, and reignited tensions surrounding control of the site.

How did Jewish and Arab reactions to the attacks, and to the conflict over security measures on the Temple Mount, reflect current trends in Jewish-Arab relations and within Israel's Arab society? What are the implications for internal Arab relations in Israel and state-minority relations going forward? 


Israel Update | July 2017
July 26, 2017

Our quaterly publication covers recent developments in government, legislation, civil society, and public discourse in the field.


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