Task Force Activities

All-Members Meeting: State-Minority Relations in Israel in 2017 | Dec 4
December 4, 2017

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. 

Israel Update | November 2017
November 3, 2017

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

Knesset Holds Day of the Negev Dedicated to Issues in Bedouin Society
November 2, 2017

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.

Knesset hosts conference on Arab representation in Israeli mainstream media
October 27, 2017

In August 2017, the Knesset convened a conference for MKs, members of the media, and civil society activists on various aspects of Arab representation in mainstream Israeli media. In recent years, a number of studies on these issues have shown that coverage of Arab citizens in all mainstream Hebrew media in Israel falls short relative to the size of the population (around 2% of coverage in all media channels combined). Moreover, this coverage is disproportionately focused on issues of crime, terrorism and violence, while rarely representing Arab perspectives and voices on other subjects and fields of expertis.

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.

Bedouin Philanthropy in the Negev | Oct 18
October 18, 2017

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.

The Other Israel Film Festival | Nov 2 - 9
October 10, 2017

Join the Task Force at this year's festival for two screenings of In Between.

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