A Shared Society in Israel? Personal Reflections and Pathways to Change

Thursday 19th January 2012, 7.30 pm, Ayalim UK House

All countries struggle to integrate minorities, but what are the specific challenges facing Israel?

In 2003, following the release of the Or Commission Report, the Israeli state formally recognised the integration of its Arab minorities as the biggest domestic challenge facing Israel’s future security and prosperity. Can disparities between the Jewish and Arab populations be bridged and a genuine shared society created?

The UK Task Force and Ayalim UK warmly invite you to hear two distinguished panellists speak about the challenges of integrating Israel’s Arab minorities and opportunities for advancing civic equality in Israel.

Shalom (Shuli) Dichter will share his experiences as a long time civil society activist in Israel. He is the Director of Hand in Hand, Israel’s first integrated, bilingual school for Jewish and Arab Children. As the former Co-Executive Director of Sikkuy – The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality in Israel, Shuli was invited to give expert testimony before the Or Commission in 2001 and has acted as a consultant on Jewish-Arab relations for the Prime Minister’s Office of Israel since 2009.

E. N., currently a Chevening Scholar studying International Public Policy at UCL, will share his personal experiences of growing up as part of the Druze minority in Israel, the challenges he has faced and his hopes for the future. Emad holds an MA in Diplomacy and Security from Tel Aviv University.

We very much hope you can join us for what will be the first in a series of events on social justice issues in Israel held at the Ayalim House. The event will be free of charge, with drinks and snacks provided.

Ayalim was brought to the UK by UJIA. The UK Task Force and Ayalim UK are both funded by UJIA.

Please RSVP to Charlotte Newman for further details of the address at charlotte@uktaskforce.org or 020 7443 5156.