Environment

THE ISSUE

Environment

The fact that Israel is so small and that Jewish and Arab communities, while mostly homogeneous, are adjacent to each other, makes environmental issues both a point of contention and an area for potential collaboration.

For example, serious environmental challenges such as waste disposal and sewage treatment that arise as a result of poor infrastructure and economic status in Arab localities impact both Arab and Jewish health and well-being. Often, this situation triggers complaints by Jewish communities about mishandling of polluting waste on the one hand and by Arab communities about the lack of adequate resources, governmental support and regional collaboration required to treat such hazards appropriately. Recently, the Ministry for the Environment created a special budget of around NIS 100 million budget for waste disposal in Arab localities as a result of such tensions. 

In recent years, a number of Jewish and Arab localities and civil society organizations have identified environmental issues as an area around which to build mutual interest and cooperation. Today, there are projects in existence that are a result of Jewish and Arab localities working together to address shared environmental challenges, such as preserving water sources, treating solid waste and sewage, and regional projects such as cycling or jogging trails that benefit all communities. 

The environment is also seen as an issue that can bring groups together through education. Since the environment is something that affects everyone, civil society organizations combine environmental education with encounters and shared learning between Jewish and Arab students, professionals and leaders. Within Arab society, there are also attempts to enhance education on environmental issues within the formal and non-formal education systems.


PROGRAMS ON THIS ISSUE
TOGETHER - ANW's Innovative Civic Studies High Schools Matriculation ("Bagrut") Program
TOGETHER is a bi-annual modular program which was initiated by A New Way (ANW). It will be further developed in an intensive ...
Implementing Organization: A New Way: Efshar Acheret , Ministry of Education
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Integration of Arab Teachers
ANU has partnered with the Merchavim Institute and the Ministry of Education to promote the increased integration of Arab mat ...
Implementing Organization: ANU - Making Change , MERCHAVIM - The Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel , Ministry of Education
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A-List
ANU believes that diversifying the media – one of society’s most powerful tools – will increase tolerance a ...
Implementing Organization: ANU - Making Change , Sikkuy - The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality
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PeacePlayers Basketball Clubs
PeacePlayers Basketball Clubs (PPBC) is a network of joint basketball clubs that bring together Arab and Jewish children and ...
Implementing Organization: PeacePlayers Middle East
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PeacePlayers All-Stars
The second pillar of PP-ME’s model is the All-Stars program, which provides Arab and Jewish participants, ages 10-25, t ...
Implementing Organization: PeacePlayers Middle East
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