The Second Wave in Israel's Arab Society: COVID-19 on the Me...

The Second Wave in Israel's Arab Society: COVID-19 on the Medical and Community Frontlines

Oct 6, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm

With COVID-19 infection rates rising dramatically in recent weeks, Israel implemented a three-week nation-wide lockdown over the High Holidays. In contrast to the first wave, when the number of cases in Arab society remained relatively low, Arab communities now account for 75% of Israel’s ‘red zones’. Arab medical professionals and community leaders are on the frontlines of efforts to flatten the curve in the face of deepening social and economic strains.

What is the current status of the COVID-19 crisis in Arab society and why did the second wave have a larger impact? How are Arab medical professionals and local leaders working to enforce prevention measures and what are the major challenges they face?

Join the Inter-Agency Task Force and Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues on Tuesday, October 6 at 12 pm for a discussion with Dr. Fahed Hakim, Medical Director of the Nazareth Hospital, and Nidal Othman, Deputy Mayor of Tamra, for a discussion of the second wave from the medical and community frontlines. 

Program Details:
Tuesday, October 6 at 12:00 PM Eastern

About the Speakers

Dr. Fahed Hakim is the Medical Director of Nazareth Hospital, the largest medical facility in the Arab sector. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, and also serves as a Senior Physician in Pediatrics and the Paediatric Pulmonary Institute at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa. 

Nidal Othman is the deputy mayor of Tamra. He is a social and political activist, a lawyer by profession and an advisor to community organizing initiatives and project development.