Task Force Activities
The Task Force is proud to co-sponsor a number of films presented at The Other Israel Film Festival. These films feature issues related to Arab citizens of Israel and Jewish-Arab relations.
In Her Footsteps: Wed, Nov 7, 8:30pm at JCC
The Cousin: Fri, Nov 2, 10:00am at JCC and Mon, Nov 5, 4:00pm at Brooklyn
Short Sessions I: Sat, Nov 3, 2:00pm at JCC and Sun, Nov 4, 4:00pm at Harlem
The Optimists: Sun, Nov 4, 2:00pm at JCC
Foreign Land: Mon, Nov 5, 6:15pm at JCC
Death of a Poetess: Mon, Nov 5, 8:15pm at Brooklyn and Wed, Nov 7, 6:15pm at JCC
Join us for the Task Force All-Members Meeting, Jewish-Arab Relations: In Israel and in American Jewish Discourse on December 5 from 8:30 am-2:30 pm.
In the year of Israel's 70th anniversary, the spotlight on Arab citizens and Jewish-Arab relations has intensified in Israel and in the Diaspora. Join the Task Force for a day of shared learning on recent developments in the field and North American Jewish educational priorities on these issues.
The Task Force helped develop and wil moderate a session at the 2018 General Assembly on efforts to close socio-economic gaps between Israel's Arab and Jewish communities.
With growing gaps between the Arab and Jewish communities in Israel, Israel’s survival relies on innovative and effective solutions. In this session, we’ll learn about cutting-edge programs and interventions in the fields of education, employment and municipal programming which address the challenges and opportunities facing Israel and its largest minority community.
- Suzan Hasan, Director, Employment Programs for Arabs and Career Advancement, JDC;
- Prof. Mona Khoury-Kassabri, Dean of the School of Social Work, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem;
- Prof. Eran Halperin, School of Psychology, IDC Herzliya;
- Fatmeh Shaban, Mentor, the Jewish Agency for Israel's Youth Futures;
- Moderated by Michal Steinman, Task Force Executive Director.
Arab women running for office in Israel’s October 30 local elections came together in Nazareth on October 15 for the first conference of its kind. The conference marks the milestone in a wide-reaching campaign in Arab society to increase women’s involvement in politics, organized by a coalition of 11 Arab-led organizations.
In advance of Israeli municipal elections on October 30, some political parties are campaigning on platforms of tensions and mistrust between Jewish and Arab citizens, reinforcing and, some say, legitimizing divisive discourse along ethnic lines.
Over the summer, the status of Israel’s delicate balance of its Jewish and democratic commitments were in the international spotlight following the passage of the Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People. Much of this spotlight focused on Israel’s Arab citizens who, at nearly 21 percent of the population, are by far its largest non-Jewish minority. What are the mutual obligations and responsibilities of a state and its citizens? How is this different in the case of Arab citizens of the state of the Jewish people? Prof. Wattad will address these issues on a speaking tour in the U.S. in September 2018.