An Alternative Voice in the Galilee

An Alternative Voice in the Galilee

Alternative Voice in the Galilee is a registered non-profit organization of Arab and Jewish residents of the lower Galilee who joined together following the October 2000 events to challenge the unequal relations between Arab and Jewish populations in the region. From its beginning Alternative Voice in the Galilee has sought to address the mending of past relationships and the rebuilding of mutual trust between the two communities. It aims to build an intercultural civil society in the Galilee, a society that realizes and prospers by the mutual interests of all its residents. Alternative Voice in the Galilee aims to alter the present reality in Israel that supports an institutional preference of Jewish citizens over Arabs. In its place, it wishes to build a shared future based on equal rights for all, in the Galilee in particular and in the greater Israeli society at large. The organization works to correct historical injustices endured by the Arab minority, whose land has been confiscated, and its villages and townships are limited by government policy that does not allow for their growth. Alternative Voice in the Galilee is the only Arab-Jewish partnership in the region to concentrate on issues of joint housing and living together of Arabs and Jews.

PROGRAMS IMPLEMENTED
PROGRAM NAME ISSUES/TAGS
An Alternative Voice in the Galilee: Encounters Inter-Cultural Community Center
The "Encounters" ("Mifgashim-Lika'at") community center is an inter-cultural meeting place, aiming to initiate cultural, social and educational activities with the goal of creating new social networks between Arab and Jewish n ...
Jewish-Arab Relations, community development, encounters/dialogue, shared society
An Alternative Voice in the Galilee: Establishing an Equalitarian and Pluralistic Settlement in the Galilee
Seeks to promote an initiative to found a new settlement in the Galilee which will be established on values of equality and pluralism and will be intermixed, democratic and open to all. An Alternative Voice is working to compose the first group of in ...
Jewish-Arab Relations, encounters/dialogue, shared society
An Alternative Voice in the Galilee: The Housing Rights Assistance Center
The aim of the project is to promote social justice and equal rights for the Israeli Arab minority in regard of housing options and to transform the barred, separatist and discriminatory character of the community-settlements of the lower Galilee int ...
Policy and Legislation, housing, shared society, state-minority relations