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.
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.
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.
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.