Task Force Activities

Inter-Agency Task Force Annual Meeting | Dec. 1st and 2nd
December 1, 2020

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Event Details: 
Tuesday, December 1 and Wednesday, December 2
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern


The 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel | November 19
November 19, 2020


Thursday, November 19, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues and the Edlavitch DCJCC for the 10th annual in-depth exploration of the daily lives and challenges of Arab citizens of Israel. Featuring a screening of Breaking Bread followed by a moderated conversation with director Beth Elise Hawk and Gazala Halabi.

The event will include a screening of Breaking Bread, an inspiring documentary about Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel—the first Muslim Arab to win Israel's MasterChef—who is on a quest to make social change through food. The film will be available from November 16, 2:00 PM – November 19, 12:00 PM. On Thursday, November 19 at 1:00 PM, Soupergirl co-founder, Sara Polon will moderate a discussion between Breaking Bread director Beth Elise Hawk and celebrity chef Gazala Halabi, who celebrates her Israeli Druze heritage through the cuisine at her lauded NYC restaurant.

Registration for the discussion is included with your pay-what-you-choose film rental of the film Breaking Bread. The film will be available via JxJ’s virtual cinema platform from November 16, 2:00 PM – November 19, 12:00 PM. Watch the film on your own schedule any time before the panel discussion on November 19, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM.

This film is only available to viewers in DC, MD, and VA, but the panel discussion will be available for live streaming and post-program viewing by audiences everywhere.

Sponsored by the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues and the Edlavitch DCJCC.

Lead Support provided by The Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation and The Lois and Richard England Family Foundation.

Tickets: JxJDC.org/21percent 

GR-922: Five-Year Economic Development Plan for Arab Society (2016-2020)
November 9, 2020


On October 25, 2020, the Government of Israel approved a one-year extension to GR-922, the five-year economic development plan for Arab society spanning 2016-2020. This extension ensures the availability of unused GR-922 budgets in 2021 and commits to the formulation of a subsequent multiyear plan. It includes amendments to key housing development initiatives to enable better implementation in the coming year and retains adjustments to national budgets that were stipulated as part of the GR-922 agreement.

The extension comes on the heels of a September 22, 2020 meeting of the GR-922 interministerial steering committee that reviewed progress through mid-2020. Data collected in 2020 shows that, despite the Coronavirus crisis, advances were made both in allocation and implementation of budgeted funds. Still, significant barriers and delays to implementation means significant GR-922 budgets remain unused and many of its objectives are only partially met.

This short update includes the main implementation figures from the latest GR-922 progress report and details the commitments and amendments included in the extension.

Task Force Newsletter | Fall 2020
November 6, 2020


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Arab Situation Room | The 'Second Wave' of Coronavirus Outbreak
October 16, 2020

Media imageDuring the second wave of the Coronavirus, the ASR has acted on several levels to strengthen the Arab local authorities' struggle against the increasing morbidity. It led a national information and awareness-raising campaign. The ASR has also dealt with several issues, such as local Emergency budgets, reinforcement of Professional workforce, education, police enforcement and non-compliance with public safety directives.

VIDEO RECORDING | 25 Years After Rabin's Assassination: Arab-Jewish Relations in Israel
October 13, 2020


Media imageIn part one of a four-part series, the Israel Center looked at Arab-Jewish relations within Israel and other inter-group dynamics in Israeli society. Listen to a conversation with Mohammad Darawshe from The Center for Shared Society at Givat Haviva and Milwaukee Community Shaliach Uria Roth

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