In light of the upcoming elections in Israel, Givat Haviva will be holding a conference in Jaffa with leading organizations and individuals from the community on February 25th.
The conference will be a cross-sectoral meeting with candidates running for the Knesset, leading decision makers, civil society social activists working in the field, as well as academic and cultural leaders.
Together we will deliberate the question of the future of Jewish-Arab relations in Israel and we will try to distill a common civic approach.
Statement from Mohammad Darawshe, our Director of Planning, Equality and Shared Society at Givat Haviva:
"We are getting ready for the upcoming national elections to be held on the 17th of March. I have been conducting many consultations with colleagues on methods to increase political participation of the Arab citizens in Israel. The last turnout rate was merely 56%. If it increases to the 1999 rate of 77%, the Arab representation in the Knesset will increase from 11 seats today to potentially 18 seats in the next Knesset. This will impact decision-making in the country on two critical matters: equality inside Israel and peace in the region with Israel's neighbors, especially peace with the Palestinians!"
Further details will be sent out in the coming days. Stay tuned!