Gov. of Israel Invests in Druze, Circassian and Bedouin Communities in Israel's North

The Israeli government recently approved a 680 million NIS plan for Druze and Circassian communities and a 5 year, 350 millin NIS plan for the Bedouin communities in Israel's north. These plans and additional plans include:

 


Municipality of Lod is Recruiting Arab Workers for the Welfare Department

The Prime Minister's Office, together with the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services, is promoting the recruitment of Arab workers within the Welfare Department of the Municipality of the City of Lod according to Israel's Prime Minister's Office (6.12.2011).


Israeli Cabinet Approves NIS 350 Million Plan to Develop and Strengthen Bedouin Communities in North

The Cabinet approved an approximately NIS 350 million multi-year plan to develop and strengthen the Bedouin communities in northern Israel.

The goal of the 2011-2015 plan is to develop and strengthen the communities and the Bedouin population in northern Israel. The plan was formulated at the initiative of the Prime Minister's Office, in cooperation with the Finance Ministry, Bedouin local council chairmen in the north and other Government ministries.

Read, "Cabinet Approves NIS 350 Million Plan to Develop and Strengthen Bedouin Communities in Northern Israel" - Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Release - 5.15.2011.

Listen to the Task Force's June Educational Conference Call with the Prime Minister's Office and the Lautman Fund on the plan.


Israeli Arabs to get TV station for the first time

Israel's Communications Ministry says Israeli Arabs will soon have their own Arabic language TV station.

The ministry recently granted the station the first license for an independent Arab broadcaster. The ministry said Sunday that Hala TV will begin broadcasting in about three months.

Read, "Israel's Arabs to get TV station," - Ynet - 5.11.2011.


Gov't to invest NIS 12m. in Nazareth

The Tourism Ministry will invest NIS 12 million over the next four years in improving the tourist infrastructure in Nazareth, as part of efforts to boost the cultural and leisure offerings in the Galilee city.

Nazareth, a magnet for Christian tourists and the largest Arab city in the country, is visited by more than 40 percent of foreign tourists.

The program to boost development of the tourism industry in Nazareth is part of a 2010 government initiative to encourage development in the Arab sector.

Read, "Gov't to invest NIS 12m. in Nazareth," - JPost - 5.5.2011.


Bringing Israeli Arabs into high-tech

Israeli President Shimon Peres recently inaugurated a public-private-sector initiative called Project Maantech. The comprehensive program is aimed at channeling the best and the brightest among Israeli-Arab high school and university graduates toward the thriving but understaffed high-tech sector. Peres and Cisco Systems chairman and CEO John Chambers came up with the idea at last year's World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

The term maan in Arabic means "together," and the tech side of that cooperation includes 20 leading Israeli and international powerhouses, among them Amdocs, Check Point, Cisco, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Oracle.The Israeli government is kicking in $20 million of the $50 million total fund, with the remainder coming from private sources.

Read, "Bringing Israeli Arabs into high-tech," - Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Release - 3.10.2011.


Implementation of the Government's Five-Year, 800 million NIS Development Plan

2010, the initial year of the Government's 800 million shekel plan, was a year of planning for the local Arab authorities. The Authority for the Economic Development of the Arab Sector in the Prime Minister's Office along with NGO partners like Injaz – Center for Professional Arab Local are preparing and planning with 13 Israeli Arab localities to absorb resources and budgets to be allocated over the next four years.

Implementation of the plan is already moving forward in many areas. This includes the areas of employment and economic development, developing industrial zones on public and private land and/or integrating Arab localities into existing industrial areas (e.g., Daliyat al Karmel and Ussifiya into Mevo HaKarmel), opening career centers (like w/Tevet and JDC in Tira), supporting tourism infrastructure, creating public transportation lines in Arab localities, promoting detailed plans for construction on public and private land including condominium complexes and dealing with security, law enforcement and violence.

Follow Aiman Saif's, General Director of the Authority for the Economic Development of the Arab Sector in the Prime Minister's Office, PowerPoint that accompanied the Task Force's February 24, 2011 conference call.

Listen to the February 24, 2011 Educational Conference Call with Aiman Saif.


Israeli Cabinet Approves NIS 680 Million to Strengthen the Druze and Circassian Communities

The Israeli Cabinet unanimously approved a comprehensive multi-year (2011-2014), approximately NIS 680 million plan to strengthen Druze and Circassian communities. The plan was formulated at the behest of the Prime Minister's Office, in cooperation with the Finance Ministry, various other ministries and Druze and Circassian local council heads. The goal of the plan is to strengthen the communities and the Druze and Circassian populations and reduce gaps between them and other populations in Israeli society. The plan focuses on, and provides responses to, problems in the fields of education, housing and others.

Read, "Cabinet Approves Approximately NIS 680 Million to Strengthen the Druze and Circassian Communities in Israel" - Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Release - 2.13.2011.