Arab Citizens Feature in 100 Influential People in Economy i...
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. Below, we introduce each individual on the list and provide brief summaries of the corresponding Calcalist articles.
Mudar Younes, Mayor of Ar'ara and Chairman of the National Committee of Arab Local Authorities, ranked 32, symbolizes progress and modernization in Arab society. His efforts to address unauthorized construction, develop neighborhoods, and establish job hubs required cooperation with the government, but this took a turn when budgets to Arab authorities were halted, forcing him into leading protests in his community.
Hassan Towafra, Director General of Authority for the Economic Development of the Arab minority, ranked 39, was appointed to oversee the implementation of GR 550 – the economic plan to reduce socio-economic gaps in the Arab society by 2026. Currently, the main challenge is to implement the plan amid opposition from some government officials who attempt to divert the allocations from the Arab authorities.
Mothers for Life: Muna Khalil & Khifah Agbaria, ranked 50. In August 2020, they began a journey, leading hundreds in a protest march against crime and violence to Jerusalem. This movement crosses age, gender, and social lines, uniting people from across the country, including Arabs and Jews. They hold images of their loved ones and distribute photos with victims' names.
Three Arab University Vice-Presidents ranked 64. Calcalist characterizes their mission as upholding universities as strongholds of integration, equality, and inclusivity, especially in the current political landscape, which is less favorable to women and Arabs.
Prof. Mona Khoury-Kassabri, Vice President of the Hebrew University of Strategy and Diversity, the first Arab woman in the position. In interview, she noted, "Being an Arab woman is tough, but I'm already grappling with something half the population contends with."
Prof. Sarab Abu-Rabia-Queder, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, the first Bedouin professor at Ben-Gurion University.