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A New Study By Sikkuy: 69% of the Media Coverage of Arab Citizens During Last Year’s Political Escalation Didn’t Include A Single Arab Interviewee
Titled “The Cost of Exclusion”, the study exposes the lack of balance and the severe effects of the exclusion of Arab citizens from the media coverage during the October 2015 political escalation A year since the October surge in violence, a new study by Sikkuy titled The Cost of Exclusion, examines how the main media outlets covered Israel’s Arab citizens during the wave of knife attacks in October 2015. The political and security escalation, which began exactly a year ago, continued for a full month and included an epidemic of stabbings all over the country, accompanied by extensive protests in Arab localities about the situation on the Temple Mount, calls to boycott or fire Arabs, and an upsurge in Jewish-Arab tensions. The new study, based on the collection and analysis of some 1100 articles and items (television, radio, print media, and internet) that dealt with Arab citizens of Israel during October 2015, shows the extent to which the reporting on this sector was biased, and how the exclusion of Arab interviewees had a harmful impact on the coverage and made it particularly negative – with a damaging and dramatic effect on the relations between Jews and Arabs in what was …
Sikkuy Co-Executive Directors, Rawnak Natour and Ron Gerlitz, will be in the USA and Canada for a series of talks and meetings with friends and supporters of Sikkuy between November 9-18. There are two events open for your registration and participation: Saturday, Nov. 12 – 3-4:30 PM – Toronto – discussion with members of NIF Canada Topic: Equality and Shared Society between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel: The Good News and the Bad – A Dialogue RSVP by email to Amy Block: email@example.com Thursday – Nov. 17 – 7-9PM – Boston – briefing at the home of Robert & Doris Gordon Topic: An up-to-date briefing about government decision “922” for equal funding for Arab citizens in the state budget, building shared society and increasing Arab representation in Israeli media. Sponsored by Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston and NIF. RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org For a meeting with Ron and Rawnak, scheduling and more information about their visit contact: Carl Perkal, Director of Resource Development – email@example.com
For the Second Year in a Row: Sikkuy Ranked as One of Israel’s 100 Most Influential Change Makers In The Marker’s Magazine
For the Second Year in a Row: Sikkuy Ranked as One of Israel’s 100 Most Influential Change Makers In The Marker’s Magazine The Marker’s editors, for the second consecutive year, have chosen to highlight Sikkuy’s commitment to and struggle for equality between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel, and in general the organization’s effective and positive approach to advancing relevant policy changes. We are very excited to announce that Sikkuy was ranked, for the second consecutive year, in Israel’s “100 Most Influential Players” list by the prestigious “The Marker” Magazine! Awarding Sikkuy NUMBER 10 (!), alongside a small group of other civil society organizations, is recognition of Sikkuy’s shared Arab-Jewish staff capacity for promoting positive government policy, through research and cooperative dialogue, towards equality, and against discrimination. The past year has been particularly challenging and complex in terms of relations between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. At the same time, we have also seen several significant and unprecedented changes in government policy towards Arab citizens, in part as a result of Sikkuy’s relentless efforts with both government players and local leaders and stakeholders. Sikkuy’s staff of twenty-five, all of whom are Jews and Arabs from different parts of Israel, …
Randa joined Sikkuy in May 2016. She holds a BA in business administration and communication from the Hebrew University and has completed courses in Arab women’s leadership and mediation. She was the project director for “Arab society – Saharia” at the NGO Shacharit and coordinator of the “Ya Salam” Arabic studies program at the Abraham Fund Initiatives. Randa was an advisor to the minister of science, the parliamentary assistant to two members of Knesset and she is a certified teacher. She is married with two children, Mayar and Majd, and lives in Arabe.
Many of Sikkuy’s friends in the USA managed to meet and greet Rawnak Natour and Ron Gerlitz, Sikkuy’s co-executive directors, in the course of a jam-packed speaking tour sponsored by the NIF that took them to public speaking and private meetings with NIF’s supporters in San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, Boston and Washington D.C. in one week. Wow!! The title of their speaking events was “Towards a truly shared society in Israel: challenges and opportunities in the struggle for shared society for the Arab and Jewish Citizens of Israel”. This title was chosen because advancing shared society is both an NIF and Sikkuy priority for the coming years. NIF is generously funding Sikkuy’s “Advancing Arab Representation in the Hebrew Media” project, aimed at fostering more fair and equal representation and coverage of Arab citizens in Israeli media by using a “Representation Index”. The events were well attended and a sense of excitement was felt at each meeting because people wanted to see the cooperative work of Arab and Jewish citizens for shared society (in this case Rawnak and Ron) with their own eyes. They very much wanted to hear how civil society organizations (CSOs) like Sikkuy and many others, with the support of the …
In the summer of 2015 2000 Jewish Israelis attended Ramadan celebrations in Arab towns and villages across the country. Since September 2013 over 10,000 Jewish Israelis have toured Arab towns and villages through SRT events. For most, this was a first-time visit to a neighboring Arab town. So far the project has generated approximately NIS 60,000 in “top-down” government invested resources (including in-kind advertising) and over NIS 680,000 in “bottom-up” participant-generated fees and local shopping. The project has received extensive media coverage in the Hebrew, Arabic and English press, with participants sharing their moving experiences over Facebook and through other new media tools.
Yuval joined Sikkuy in November 2014. He holds a B.A. in geography and political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is completing an M.A. in urban planning. He also coordinates information technology in the information department of B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories and is the Hebrew language social media coordinator for the Hadash political party. As a student he was one of the founders of the Jewish-Arab students association, Campus for All of US. He lives in Jerusalem with his partner and their daughter.
Amjad Shbita joined Sikkuy in in October 2014 as the coordinator for Arabic language media outreach. He is a journalist and a political and social activist and a holds two Master Degrees – from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in political science and from the College of Management in communications and management. In the past, Amjad managed Sikkuy’s Equality Policy Department and was MK Dov Khenin’s spokesperson. Today, he is also the secretary-general of the Banki youth movement.
Gili Re’i joined Sikkuy in February 2015. She has nearly two decades experience in NGO’s in Israel in the fields of education, social change and human rights. In 1999 she joined the New Israel Fund staff, first as the Assistant to the Associate Directors, and later as a grant officer. In 2003, she became the Executive Director of the NGO, Commitment to Peace and Social Justice. In 2009 she was appointed Deputy Director of The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) – Israel’s largest and oldest human rights organization. In her capacity as ACRI’s Deputy Director, Gili was responsible for ACRI’s public outreach strategy and activities, managing a team of spokespersons, policy advocacy experts, new media and campaign staff. Gili has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Art History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As an activists she has also been involved in various initiatives among them she was on the founding team of the Jerusalem branch of the Social Economic Academy and is co-chair of the Parents Committee at the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Bilingual School in Jerusalem, where both her children are students.
Edan Ring began work as Sikkuy’s director of public affairs and communications in September, 2015. From 2009 he served as Sikkuy’s spokesperson when he was also Deputy Director of Social and Political Clients for the PR & media consulting firm, “UNIK”. In that capacity he advised and consulted to a variety of human rights NGOs, political organizations and philanthropic foundations working with them on public and political campaigns, media relations, branding and public relations. Edan was an editor and writer at the Haaretz newspaper and a cultural critic in a variety of media outlets. He holds a BA in history and computer science from Tel Aviv Uni. and an MA in Latin American history from Tel Aviv Uni. He is frequently published on topics relating to civic equality and Jewish-Arab relations. Edan lives in Herzliya with his partner, Ardith, and their two children. For media-related inquiries please contact via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Shared Public Space (SPS) project seeks to substantially increase the presence of the language, culture and symbols of the Arab citizens of Israel in the public space in Israel. The almost total exclusion of the Arab citizens from the public space in Israel is one of the main barriers to building an equal, democratic and shared society between the Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel.
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ADVOCACYSikkuy’s “Seat at the Table” advocacy initiative works with the Prime Minister’s Office and other government ministries and agencies to identify barriers to equality at the government level and within Arab municipalities and develop strategies for eliminating these barriers. Sikkuy is also working directly with the PMO to advise and facilitate on the successful implementation of the $200 million, 5 year government program for economic development in Arab communities. The advocacy department works with Sikkuy’s research department to publish the annual “Equality Index,” cooperates with other civil society organizations, develops position papers and increases public awareness through the media. Sikkuy’s advocacy efforts also advance employment equity and fair representation of Arab citizens in the public and private sectors.