For 34 consecutive weeks, thousands of protesters have gathered in Tel Aviv and across Israel to voice their opposition to the government's plans for overhauling the judicial system, while also advocating for a broader spectrum of societal issues. On August 26th, the protest movement shifted its attention to condemn the rising violence and crime affecting Arab communities.
Thumbnail: “Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?” shared a one-minute video that featuring Shir Nosatzki and Mayor Mamoun Abed Elhi at the event.
On July 27, 2023 IATF hosted a webinar titled "Overview of Arab Political Parties and Discourses in Israel". Dr. Ameer Fakhoury talks about the streams, authorities, and parties shaping Arab political discourses in Israel. What are their political activities and influence? How do they view cooperation and partnership with the government and Jewish political parties? Which challenges and strategies do they prioritize, and what are the relations between them?
Thumbnail: July 27 Zoom Call featuring Dr. Ameer Fakhoury (Van Leer Jerusalem Institute).
Thumbnail: July 27 Zoom Call featuring Dr. Rula Hardal (Shalom Hartman Institute).
On August 03, 2023 IATF hosted a webinar titled "A Seat at the Table: Arab Citizens’ Aspirations for Shared Political Power in Israel". Dr. Rula Hardal, Research Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, about Arab talked about aspirations for political influence in Israel. Given the political landscape described in the first session, what are the opportunities and challenges for more substantial and shared citizenship and politics for Arab citizens? How does such a vision relate to the existing political streams in Arab society?
Over 20,000 Arab and Jewish protesters gathered in Tel Aviv on August 7th for the "March of the Dead." This event emphasized the shared concern for safety and marked the start of future initiatives to address crime prevention and empower the Arab community.
This week, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich (the Religious Zionism party) moved again to freeze major components of GR-550 (the five-year economic development plan for Arab society approved in October 2021), and GR-3790, the five-year plan for East Jerusalem. The budgets under these resolutions amount to over NIS 500 million.
The policy paper titled "A Bridge to the Future: Gap Year Programs for Young Arabs in Israel" was prepared by the Israel Democracy Institute, addressing the significance of gap year programs for Israeli Arab youth and offering comprehensive recommendations for their implementation and development.
On July 18, GR-550, the five-year socio-economic development plan for Arab society passed in 2021, was targeted by government ministers seeking to reevaluate the plan and to redirect funds from its budgets. This is the most straight-forward threat to the plan, it comes on the heels of several reductions over the last several months.