Givat Haviva Hosts a Mayoral Delegation from Israel

Givat Haviva hosted 35 Arab-Israeli Mayors, led by Mohammad Darawshe, our Director of Planning, Equality and Shared Society, and sponsored by Moti Kahana of Micro4Women, for a Study Tour exploring the significance of minority civic participation.

The Mayoral Delegation at City Hall in New York

The Mayoral Delegation Study Tour represented 35 Arab-Israeli Mayors who visited New York City and Washington, DC from February 5th to the 11th to explore and study civic participation among minority groups and leadership in the US. The delegation was comprised of Mayors from Arab towns that ranked among the lowest in voter turnout rate (below 50%) in the previous national elections, but at the same time ranked the highest in municipal elections (above 85%).  Local Arab leadership is seen as particularly influential over Arab voter attitudes and political discourse.  The delegation represented almost 40% of the Arab population in Israel.

The tour presented a unique opportunity to hear from Israel's Arab Mayors - individually and in dialogue - about what current issues make up Arab political discourse today and what their visions are for Arab Society in Israel.  Givat Haviva held two receptions, one in New York hosted by B'nai Jeshurun, and one in Washington, DC hosted by Jeremiah Baronberg and the McKenna Long & Aldridge law firm.  Special guests included Deputy Consul General of Israel, Amir Sagie, former Governor Howard Dean of Vermont and former Mayor Anthony Williams of Washington, DC.

Deputy Consul General of Israel, Amir Sagie at B'nai Jeshurun

To read more, check out this article in the Jewish Week.
See the photos from the Welcome & Farewell Receptions here.