Task Force Activities

INSS report: Bill for the recognition of the Arab minority as a national minority
May 25, 2017

In early November 2016, MK Jamal Zahalka (Joint List) submitted a bill for recognition of the Arab minority as a national minority. This was the sixth time such a bill was floated (identical versions were initiated in May 2001, July 2003, October 2009, July 2013, and June 2015), but the first time it got as far as a preliminary reading in the Knesset plenum. The bill was – as expected – rejected, with 77 opposed versus 19 in favor. 

Shared society initiatives promote awareness and encounters about Ramadan
May 24, 2017

Observance of the holy month of Ramadan begins this year on May 26th for Muslims across the globe, including the 1.4 million Muslims citizens of Israel, and will culminate with the celebration of Id El Fitr on June 25-27. Throughout the month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sundown, breaking the fast each day with the traditional iftar meal.  Ramadan also marks a special period of reflection, prayer, charity, and family gatherings for the community.

This year, building and expanding on their experiences in past years, a number of civil society organizations in Israel continued to develop programming to turn this major Muslim holiday into an opportunity for enhanced Jewish-Arab interactions, understanding and neighborly relations.

7th Annual Community Education Day on Arab Citizens of Israel | May 21
May 18, 2017

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.

JCPA - ARZA Symposium: Seventh Day - Israel at a Crossroads | June 11
May 18, 2017

Mohammad Darawshe,  Director for the Center for Equality & Shared Society at Givat Haviva in Israel, spoke about the impact of the 1967 events and their lasting effects on Arab citizens of Israel, as part of a panel at the symposium hosted by JCPA and ARZA in commemoration and reflection on the 50th anniversary of Israel's Six-Day War.  

Quarterly Newsletter | May 2017
May 17, 2017

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

Amir Levi on Israel's Economic Development Plan for the Arab Sector | June 5-7
May 16, 2017

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.

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