Nation-State Bill Becomes Law | Arab Citizens, State-Minority and Jewish-Arab Relations


On July 30, Mohammad Darawshe, Director of the Center for Equality & Shared Society at Givat Haviva, joined Dr. Amir Fuchs, from the Israeli Democracy Institute, on a conference call to discuss the recently passed "Nation-State" law and the current and potential implications of the law for Israeli democracy, and for Israel's Arab society in terms of status, sense of belonging and related discourse.

Follow the link below to listen to a recording of the conference call:

Givat Haviva's Statement in Response to the National State Law


August 9th, 2018


We, the members of Givat Haviva’s Public Council, stand in support of all those who are leading together the agenda for creating a shared society in Israel - even at these difficult times in the wake of the National State Law - An Israeli society based on civic equality, substantive democracy and protection for minorities: these are the values expressed in the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel.

We are categorically opposed to the oppressive National State law whose hasty enactment has created a deep rift between Arab citizens and the state, and we seek its immediate revocation. This law delivers a mortal wound to Israel’s social resilience and undermines the legitimacy of the citizenship of some 20 percent of the country's population. The law nullifies the principle of equality, which is critical to our efforts to establish a shared society, and undermines the foundations of equality that we have been working on for 70 years.

Alongside our serious concerns, we are encouraged by the many voices of citizens protesting the law - points of light in the darkness that has descended on us - and we are working together with all the organizations in the field to strengthen the civic protest and to amplify its voice.

We call upon the Jewish public in Israel to extend a supportive hand to Arab citizens, as true partners in the struggle for equal and shared citizenship, and to demonstrate this through personal and public action.

We call on the Arab public in Israel to work with us in all possible legal ways to abolish this law and to continue to support the joint Jewish-Arab endeavor to create a moral, democratic, and egalitarian state. Givat Haviva - The Center for the Advancement of Shared Life in Israel - will continue to act, educate and build, without despair and with great faith, a cohesive society that includes every citizen in the spirit of faith in humanity and the values of the Declaration of Independence.

Signed,
Ayman Saif, Co-Chair, Givat Haviva Public Council for the Advancement of Shared Life in Israel
Professor Zvi Eckstein, Co-Chair, Givat Haviva Public Council for the Advancement of Shared Life in Israel
Yaniv Sagee, Executive Director, Givat Haviva
Mohammad Darawshe, Director of Planning, Equality, and Shared Society, Givat Haviva

Givat Haviva Educational Foundation Appoints Imam Abdullah Antepli to Board of Directors

August 1st, 2018

New York, NY- Givat Haviva Educational Foundation (GHEF) proudly announces the election of Imam Abdullah Antepli to its Board of Directors.

Imam Antepli is a Senior Fellow on Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute and Co-Director of its Muslim Leadership Initiative, which invites North American Muslims to explore how Jews understand Judaism, Israel, and Jewish peoplehood. The program also encourages participants to experience how Palestinians, both inside and outside Israel, identify themselves, while exploring issues of ethics, faith, and practice.

Abdullah is also Chief Representative for Muslim Affairs and adjunct faculty of Islamic Studies at Duke University, where he served from 2008-2014 as the University’s first Muslim chaplain, one of only a handful of full-time Muslim chaplains at U.S. colleges and universities. Imam Antepli is a highly sought-after speaker on interfaith matters and conflict resolution.

“We are delighted that Abdullah is joining us,” said GHEF Board Chairman Michael Blechman. “He will be a great addition to our Board as we strive to promote a shared society in Israel.”

Since 1949, Givat Haviva has worked to inprove the relationship between Israel's Jewish an dArab citizens and to create a shared society and shared vision of their future. For the past 70 years, Givat Haviva has emerged as Israel's premier provider of programming focused on educating youth and developing partnerships across historically divided communities that foster understanding, coexistence and cooperation between Arab and Jewish societies, and the realization of mutually shared needs and interests. Over the years, its hallmark programs have made Givat Haviva a globally-respected thought leader in the field of conflict resolution and coexistence.

CONTACT: Meirav Levy-Bernstein
212-989-9272
Development@givathaviva.org

Join Us August 9th!





Jewish and Arab youth in Israel today lead completely segregated lives. Over the past eighteen years, Givat Haviva's Through Others' Eyes (TOE) project has provided twenty Arab and Jewish students, ages 16-17, with a unique way to understand the lives of their peers - through the camera lens. Visiting each other's homes, families and communities, and responding collaboratively through expressive photography, they become part of the less than one tenth of one percent of Israeli youth who have formed relationships with the "other".

Please join us and some of the 2018 Through Others' Eyes participants for a discussion about their experience in the program and a showing of their inspiring photography on Thursday, August 9, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Temple Israel New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Blvd, New Rochelle NY).

Don't miss this special opportunity to view these photographs and speak with the participants.

Join us August 5th!


Jewish and Arab youth in Israel today lead completely segregated lives. Over the past eighteen years, Givat Haviva's Through Others' Eyes (TOE) project has provided twenty Arab and Jewish students, ages 16-17, with a unique way to understand the lives of their peers -  through the camera lens.

Visiting each other's homes, families and communities, and responding collaboratively through amazingly expressive photography, they become part of the less than one tenth of one percent of Israeli youth who have formed relationships with the "other". 

Please join us and the 2018 Through Others' Eyes participants for an exhibit of their photographs on Sunday August 5, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Puffin Gallery (20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, New Jersey). 
Don't miss this special opportunity to view these photographs and speak with the participants.