Our Call for a Secure and Shared Life in Israel

In response to the escalating tensions and violence happening in Israel, Givat Haviva - the Center for Shared Society - has released a statement signed by the leaders of Givat Haviva in Israel and the neighboring Jewish and Arab Mayors and Regional Authorities.


Givat Haviva and our Regional Municipal Partners...

Call for a Secure and Shared 
Life in Israel





OUR DECLARATION


In light of present hostilities and the tense situation in Israel, we, the mayors of neighboring Jewish and Arab local and regional authorities who are working with Givat Haviva for a shared and secure life for our populations, issue this declaration:


  1. Israel's Declaration of Independence affirms that the State of Israel is based on the principle of equality, and has been a shared home for both Jews and Arabs since its inception.
  2. We call upon all the citizens of Israel, and residents in Wadi Ara and the Triangle in particular, to maintain an attitude of respect and avoid any harm to one another. We vehemently condemn any attack on body, soul, or property, as well as any expression of physical or verbal abuse.
  3. We appeal to the leaders of both peoples to refrain from incitement and the ferment of emotions. Our task at this time is to inspire calm and ensure public safety. We appeal to religious leaders, intellectuals, educators and teachers to lead us in a dialogue that will help adults and children to deal with the complex situation in a way that will not lead to manifestations of racism, revenge, injury, or threats to the other.
  4. We recognize the reality that the State of Israel's near 50-year occupation of the West Bank has deeply affected us on a daily basis, causing tension, violence and danger to the existence of a democratic society in Israel. We urge the Israeli government to pursue a political solution that will enable all people in Israel to live in security and peace.
  5. We recognize the great sensitivity of the Temple Mount / Al Aqsa Mosque for both Jews and Muslims. We ask the Israeli government, the government of Jordan and the Palestinian Authority to manage the crisis responsibly and to return to the preservation of the status quo on the Mount.
In recent years we joined Givat Haviva's Shared Communities Program, through which we seek to live as good neighbors and establish healthy, constructive relationships which can bestow security and social & economic advancement to all the region's residents, Jewish and Arab.

Today, with the deterioration in security and in relations between Jews and Arabs, we want to preserve the fabric of life together that we have put great effort into building. During this time of crisis, we will continue to maintain good relations and promise to remain faithful and committed to our partnership, which is based on mutual responsibility and equality between Jews and Arabs in the region and in the country.


Signatories



Mayors:
Itsik Cholevsky, Megiddo Regional Authority Head
Hassan Atamna, Kafr Kara Local Authority Head
Mustafa Agbaria, Ma'ale Iron Local Authority Head
Ilan Sade, Menashe Regional Authority Head
Ibrahim Muassi, Acting Mayor of Baka el Garbiya
Diab Ghanem, Zemer Regional Authority Head
Rani Aidan, Emek Hefer Regional Authority Head

Givat Haviva:
Riad Kabha, Director of the Jewish-Arab Center for Peace
Mohammad Darawshe, Director of Planning, Equality and Shared Society
Itamar Shwika, Director of the Havatzelet Group
Yaniv Sagee, Givat Haviva Executive Director



Dialogue and Partnership Tent in Wadi Ara


In a move to take action honoring our declaration, Givat Haviva has established a dialogue and partnership tent in a space centrally located in the Wadi Ara region as a peaceful space for our neighbors to meet and encourage productive and peaceful dialogue about the complex situation that is affecting us all.


Dialogue & Partnership Tent
German youth group speaking with
Mohammad Darawshe at the Partnership Tent.

Afterward, one of the participants remarked,

"This week we saw so many negative things, but when we sat here, my heart was opening. Such good work, and you reach so many kids. I think this way there is hope for peace."




Sign our Petition in Alliance with this Declaration