TASK FORCE ACTIVITIES
ARAB SOCIETY AMID THE WAR: Employment and Economy:  

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The aftermath of October 7th and the ongoing war deeply affects the economic well-being of socio-economically vulnerable Arab society. With potential cuts to economic development budgets, there are concerns about setbacks in progress and the broader impact on Israel's economic recovery, Jewish-Arab relations, and shared future efforts.

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IATF Resource Library for Educators:  

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This resource includes links to firsthand stories and media pertaining to Arab citizens of Israel from October 7 and its aftermath. They were curated for a variety of American Jewish educational contexts. We encourage you to explore and share.

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IATF Brief: Jewish-Arab Relations in the Shadow of the War:  

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This brief provides insights about the impact of the ongoing crisis and the focal points that have emerged as priorities for Arab society and Jewish-Arab relations in the aftermath of October 07.

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Briefing Paper: What is Financial Inclusion and What Needs to be Done to Include Arab Society in Israel?:  

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The briefing paper "What is Financial Inclusion and What Needs to be Done to Include Arab Society in Israel" is a collaborative effort between the IATF and the Adva Center. Recognizing the mutual interest in raising awareness about financial inclusion in Israel, we partnered to create this insightful report for our audiences both in the US and Israel. The paper delves into the concept of financial inclusion, highlighting the pressing need to include Arab society in Israel, as they face limited access to financial services.

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Explore Life of Arab Citizens and Jewish-Arab Relations in Israel: IATF Introduces Movie Guides for Educators:  

 

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IATF is pleased to introduce two movie guides, freely available for educators to use when conducting virtual, hybrid, or in-person programming. Our first two movie guides are for Oriented (2015, Jake Witzenfeld) and Bar Bahar (“In Between”) (2016, Maysaloun Hamoud).

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New Government, Protest Movement, and Arab Citizens of Israel - Implications and Emerging Actions:  

 

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Since the inauguration of Israel’s thirty-seventh government on December 29, 2022, Israeli society has been in turmoil. Protests that began in early January against various aspects of the new governments’ agenda grew and intensified as they coalesced around proposed judicial reforms and their implications for Israeli democracy. This paper aims to outline the major areas of concern regarding the new government with respect to Arab society, state-minority, and Jewish-Arab relations. It then points to emerging lines of thought about responses in the field.

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Infographic Educational Fact Sheet on Arab Citizens of Israel:  

 

   

An IATF / iCenter set of resources for educating about Arab citizens and Jewish-Arab relations in Israel.

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ISRAEL UPDATES
Shared Spaces in Divisive Times:  

On January 29, 2024 IATF hosted a discussion with Michal Sella, Executive Director of Givat Haviva, Mohammad Darwashe, Director of Strategy at Givat Haviva, and Shahira Shalaby, IATF Content Expert and the co-Deputy Director of Abraham Initiatives. They discussed new research and developments from the field.

GOVERNMENT UPDATES: 2024 Budget Proposal Cuts NIS 1.2 B from Arab Development Plans:  

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On January 15, Israel's cabinet approved a revised 2024 state budget with a 5% cut across ministries and a permanent 15% reduction in key government plans for socio-economic development in Arab society, totaling NIS 1.2 billion in 2024.

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Grief and Resilience in the Negev: Bedouin-Jewish Emergency Responses:  

Both Bedouin and Jewish communities in the Negev were deeply impacted by October 7 and its aftermath. Jewish and Arab volunteers quickly mobilized to support rescue efforts, respond to emergency needs, and reduce tensions. Shira Ohana and Hanan Alsanah share about inspiring joint emergency responses from the earliest days of the war, and what they are doing today to preserve a shared future for all residents of the Negev.

Thumbnail: November 28 Zoom Call featuring Shira Ohana, CEO of Hura Municipality and Att. Hanan Alsanah, Director of the Bedouin Women’s Rights Center at Itach Ma’aki (Women Lawyers for Social Justice).

Emergency Needs and Coordination for Arab Citizens and Communities in Israel:  

On October 24, 2023 Representatives of the National Emergency information Center for Arab Citizens briefed IATF, SVF, and JFN members on resource coordination for Arab citizens and communities, including a current map of emergency needs submitted by Arab local authorities. 

October 07, 2023: Emergency Response and Coordination | Arab Citizens of Israel:  

In response to the recent attacks by Hamas on October 7th, Israeli citizens and organizations have quickly mobilized to support those affected, particularly in Arab communities. They are working to provide shelter, information, and prevent escalations between Arab and Jewish citizens. These initiatives focus on coordination across NGOs and government bodies, building on experiences from COVID and the May 2021 escalations in mixed areas.

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Israel Democracy Institute (IDI): 2022 Israeli Democracy Index:  

While the majority of Arab respondents believe that most Arab citizens want to integrate into Israeli society, tensions persist between Jews and Arabs. The Israeli Democracy Index 2022 highlights complex dynamics in Israeli society.

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Arab Citizens Feature in 100 Influential People in Economy in 2023 List by Calcalist:  

This year's annual "100 Influential People in Economy " list published by Calcalist includes seven Arabs from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds.

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