About Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality in Israel
Sikkuy (a "chance" or "opportunity" in Hebrew) is a non-partisan NGO in Israel that develops and implements projects to advance equality between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel in government budgets, resource allocation, hiring policy, land usage, access to government services, etc.
Founded in 1991 as a shared Jewish-Arab advocacy organization, Sikkuy's actions are motivated by the right of every citizen to influence government decisions and policies and dedicated to advancing civil society in Israel through the values of:
EQUALITY - Advancing complete equality between Arab and Jewish citizens.
SHARED CITIZENSHIP - Promoting the core value of shared citizenship as the basis for equality.
HUMAN DIGNITY - Mainstreaming human dignity as the supreme value in relations between the state and its citizens.
Sikkuy is jointly governed by Arab and Jewish co-chairs, managed by Arab and Jewish co-executive directors and staffed by Arabs and Jews. Sikkuy's programs are active on three levels to mobilize a transformation of the relations between the state and the Palestinian Arab minority in Israel.
1. 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.
2. LOCAL GOVERNMENT - In 2004 Sikkuy established the Jewish-Arab Mayor's Forum for Regional Cooperation to build sustainable frameworks for municipal cooperation and equality between neighboring Jewish and Arab communities in Wadi Ara. This project currently facilitates a second forum in the Carmel Coast - Zichron Yaakov - Furadeis - Jisr a Zarqa region and two regions will be added in 2012 within the framework of the new "Equality Zones" project.
3. GRASSROOTS - Facilitates local groups of Jewish and Arab citizens that advocate for equality between their communities, oppose discrimination and develop leadership skills for community-based action. Sikkuy also implements public education efforts that include lecture series, public discussions and field trips to the "Backyard of Israeli Citizenship" intended to acquaint citizens and visitors from abroad with the inequality between Jewish and Arab citizens and communities.
A broad range of foundations and individuals in Israel and abroad supports Sikkuy. Sikkuy's operating budget in 2011 is approximately one million dollars.
Contact: email@example.com; Tel: 972-2-654-1225
Board of Directors
Professor Gavriel Salomon - Co-Chairman
Professor Muhamad Amara - Co-Chairman
Dr. Ayman Agbaria
Nasreen Alemy-Kabha, Esq.
Dr. Nihaya Daoud
Dr. Ramzi Halabi
Professor Shlomo Hasson
Dr. Yousef T. Jabareen
Dr. Alon Liel
Ambassador (ret.) Benjamin Navon
Dr. Mary Totry
Past Co-ChairmenDr. Khaled Abu Asbah
Professor Itzhak Galnoor
Ambassador Hanan Bar-On (dec.)
Dr. Hatem Kanaaneh
Dr. Israel Katz (dec.)
Ron Gerlitz - Co-Executive director
Basheer Abu Baker - Chief Financial Officer
Thair Abu-Rass - Director, Employment Equity and Fair Representation Project
Naief Abu-Sharkeia - Senior Consultant to the Equality Zones Project and the Equality Policy Department
Nadav Ariel - Coordinator Advocacy and Research, Equality Policy Department
Michal Belikoff - Coordinator, Research Department
Chassia Chomsky-Porat - Director, Jewish Civic Action Groups Project
Jennifer Cohen - Director of Evaluation and Monitoring, Equality Zones Project
Paz Cohen - Resource Development
Kifah Daghash - Director, Arab Leadership Development Group Project
Azar Dakwar - Advocacy Coordinator, Equality Policy Department
Samah Elkhatib Ayoub Alaa Hamdan - Coordinator, Research Department
Jasmeen Janah - Jerusalem Office Administrator
Batya Kallus - Program Evaluator
Abed Kanaaneh - Co-Director, Equality Policy Department
Anan Krakra-Dalal - Project Coordinator, Equality Zones Project
Nira Krasne - Internet Coordinator
Khalil Mari - Co-Director Equality Zones Project
Hagit Naali-Joseph - Director of Public Transportation Initiative, Equality Policy Department
Carl Perkal - Director of Resource Development
Shirley Racah - Co-Director, Equality Policy Department
Ronen Sebag - Co-Director, Equality Zones Project
Rana Smair - Haifa Office Administrator
SIKKUY FUNDING SOURCES – 2010/11
AbroadKathryn Ames Foundation
Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation
Embassy of Canada to Israel
Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation
Lois and Richard England Foundation
Ford Israel Fund
The German Federal Foreign Office - Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (Zivik)
Joan Garson & David Baskin
Bob and Doris Gordon
The Green Environment Fund
Robert and Ardis James Foundation
Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund
Levi Lassen Foundation
Albert E. Marks Charitable Trust
Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
New Israel Fund
New Israel Fund of Canada
P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds Inc.
Sigrid Rausing Trust
Professor Donald L. Rubin
Friends of Sikkuy in San Antonio
Alan B. Slifka Foundation
Samuel Sebba Charitable Trust
Social Venture Fund (SVF) - Jewish Federations of North America
UJA - Federation of New York
Arthur and Andrea Waldstein
Fred and Joyce Zemans
In IsraelDoris and Mori Arkin
Friends of Sikkuy in Israel
Landa Family Foundation
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