TASK FORCE ACTIVITIES
The Task Force and the ADL:  

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The Anti-Defamation League is a founding member of the Inter-Agency Task Force and continues to serve as an important voice on its executive committee. The organization has been very supportive of the Task Force mission to raise awareness about Arab citizens of Israel within the context of equal citizenship as promised in Israel’s Declaration of Independence. Throughout the 14 years of our existence, ADL has been consistent in its commitment to equal citizenship, as reflected in its own mission to combat defamation and discrimination against Jewish people and marginalized communities everywhere. 

 

ISRAEL UPDATES
Government Resolution 550 (Takadum) | NIS 30 Billion for Socio-Economic Development of Arab Society:  

Photo Credit: The Ministry for Social Equality

On November 4th, the Government of Israel approved Government Resolution 550—the second multibillion shekel, 5-year economic development plan for Arab society—as part of the first state budget passed in over three years. Given the name Takadum (‘progress’ in Arabic), GR-550 totals NIS 30 billion / USD 9.6 billion, more than double the size of its predecessor, GR-922.

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Mayor of Umm al-Fahm after 2 murders in 24 hours: "The writing was on the wall":  

Listen to our new Task Force Short with Dr. Samir Mahamid, the mayor of Umm al-Fahm, about violent crime in the city and his vision for addressing the urgent needs of its residents.

PRIMER | Arab Communities and Jewish-Arab Relations in Israels Mixed Cities:  

The shoreline of Jaffa | Photo Credit: Ze'ev Stein, Pikiwiki

The clashes of May 2021 in Israel drew significant attention to mixed cities. To provide essential background, the IATF created a primer on the Arab minority and Jewish Arab Relations in these communities. This report aims to provide a broad overview, data, and insights into both the common and unique characteristics of Jewish-Arab relations in mixed cities, and their relevance to Israel as a whole.

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With Schools Open, Delta Spreads in Arab Communities | IATF Shorts:  

Listen to our new Task Force Short with Aiman Saif, the Head of the Arab Desk for the Ministry of Health, for insights into immediate concerns and long-term implications for Arab society in the continuing crisis.

Ra'am Joins the Coalition: A New Era in Israeli Politics?:  

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid (L), Yamina leader Naftali Bennett (C) and Ra'am leader Mansour Abbas sign a coalition agreement on June 2, 2021 (Courtesy of Ra'am)

Ra’am, the Islamic Party lead by Mansour Abbas, became the first Arab party in Israel’s history to join a governing coalition. Ra’am is one of eight politically diverse parties  in the ‘change bloc’ brought together to form a narrow governing coalition. While its new leadership role is certainly historical, debates are ongoing regarding whether Ra'am joining a right-wing lead government is actually what Arab citizens want or if it will lead to meaningful change.

The murder rate rises among Arab-Israelis
The Economist November 18, 2021
Teaching Cross-Cultural Understanding
Haaretz November 11, 2021
Knesset votes down Kfar Kassem memorial bill
The Jerusalem Post October 27, 2021
Maghar becomes Israels first Druze city
The Times of Israel October 27, 2021
The Arab-Israeli Power Broker in the Knesset
The New Yorker October 25, 2021
Whose Promised Land? A Journey Into a Divided Israel
The New York Times October 25, 2021