TASK FORCE ACTIVITIES
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ANNUAL MEETING

December 8, 2021| VIRTUAL EVENT

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Join us for an inside look at the unprecedented challenges of 2021 and their impact on Arab citizens and Jewish-Arab relations in Israel.

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
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.

VIEW THE REPORT

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.

Coalition Approves Billions for Arab Society, Assigns Arab Chairs to Influential Committees:  

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 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.

Shared Society Statements and Responses to Violence in Israel:  


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.

Akko clean up
Jewish and Arab Akko residents cleaning up together after clashes. Credit: Tag Meir

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