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.
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.
In recent weeks, the new goverment coaliton passed its proposal for the next government budget and made Knesset committee assignments, yielding sizable allocations for Arab society and influential political assignments for Arab Knesset members.
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.
Dozens of initiatives have begun to amplify the voices of Jewish and Arab citizens calling for calm and solidarity. Click for compilation of articles and statements.
Jewish and Arab Akko residents cleaning up together after clashes. Credit: Tag Meir