The morning session will begin with opening remarks recorded by President of Israel Reuven Rivlin for this meeting, followed by our keynote speaker, the recently retired Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice, Salim Joubran. Justice Joubran will discuss his experience as the first Arab citizen on Israel's Supreme Court and serving as the only Arab judge on some of Israel's most sensitive cases.
Later, we will be joined for a panel discussion on state-minority and Jewish-Arab relations with Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Meir Elran, from Israel's Institute for National Security Studies, and Dr. Maram Masrawi, senior researcher and lecturer at the Minerva Institute at Tel Aviv University, and lecturer at Al Qasemi College.
On October 31st the Knesset dedicated a day for discussions of Negev Bedouin society. Special attention was given to women and children’s issues, welfare policies, transportation infrastructure, and the government’s 5-year socio-economic development plan for Negev Bedouin.
The Knesset convened this conference to explore concerns that this representation limited in this way is a form of incitement against Arab citizens, and damaging to Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. A number of recent breaking news stories were presented as examples of how media coverage contributes to a specific picture of the Arab population and plays a role in escalating feelings of mistrust between Arab and Jewish citizens.
In recent years, a small but growing number of Israel's Arab entrepreneurs are becoming involved in philanthropy to advance social change and development of Arab society. Traditionally a charitable practice in Arab culture, a new generation of business leaders is bringing their resources and know-how to strategic giving, and working to expand philanthropic networks in the process.