“The  study trip was intense and thought provoking; even days later I continue to contemplate everything I saw, heard and experienced while we were in Beersheba and the Bedouin villages.”
Rabbi Daniella Kolodny, Rabbinic Development Consultant, Masorti Judaism
“I was deeply impressed and moved by the individuals we met, both Israeli Arabs and Jews, each in their own way working to engineer positive change. Each is a real force of nature. They have identified certain problems and have taken it upon themselves to tackle those issues and create a better society for all Israeli citizens.”
Ari Jesner, Chief Executive, Office of the Chief Rabbi
'UK Task Force does an extraordinary job at explaining the blurry lines that are so prominent around Israel. The trip gave me an incredible insight into the lives of many Arabs and how we, the Jewish community, can help better Israeli society as a whole.'
Tami Addlestone, Mazkira Federation Zionist Youth
"The work recently pioneered by theTask Force, whereby they inputted training and information, and then mentored each individual movement in the creation of their own, ideologically-appropriate educational materials, is a fascinating and impressive model."
Makom: the Israel Education Lab, Report 2014
“As a participant in the Task Force’s first mission to Israel – and as somebody who sent a staff member on a recent trip – I have no hesitation in commending the important work of the Task Force and the effective manner in which it is being carried out. The British Jewish community sees many Israel initiatives but the UK Task Force surely ranks amongst the most important and creative ones."
Rabbi Danny Rich, Chief Executive, Liberal Judaism
As a Bedouin feminist and a researcher who worries about the future of her community, I believe that the work of the UK Task Force in its mission to increase understanding of the Bedouin reality in Israel, will create a route for dialogue on human rights and relationships that will hopefully lead to a more peaceful environment for all communities in the Negev.
Dr Sarab Abu-Rabia Queder, the first bedouin woman to receive a PhD in Israel; lecturer at Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University
"The Task Force is helping to realise the dream of Israel's founders that the country should offer true equality to all its citizens. Participating in the Task Force has made me appreciate more deeply the special challenges facing Israel's Arab citizens, and the essential work being done in Israel to try to address them."
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, New North London Synagogue
"I commend the incredibly courageous and important work undertaken by... the UK Task Force which is a true expression of our twin responsibilities; to build a just and fair Jewish Homeland in Israel and to be a 'Light to the Nations'."
Rabbi Gideon D. Sylvester, United Synagogue Israel Rabbi
"A superb trip. I was struck most by the emergence of a new Bedouin politics – younger, female, and refusing to engage in what they called the ‘misery narrative’ of their elders. The future lies with them. The Task Force plays an invaluable role in introducing people to the dynamism of Arab Israeli society."
Professor Alan Johnson, Senior Research Fellow, BICOM
"Improving the education, housing and economic contribution of Israel’s substantial Arab minority of 1.7 million is critical to the Jewish state’s well-being. It fulfils the tenets of Jewish law and is massively important to the country’s future security. The Task Force is making an outstanding contribution to understanding these fundamental issues."
Alex Brummer, City Editor of the Daily Mail and Vice-President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews
"Through my foundation’s work with young women in Israel, I have seen how fostering relationships between Israel’s Jewish and Arab communities can be a fantastic force for good. I wish the UK Task Force every success in helping to promote a shared society in Israel."
“Too often in the Middle East, Arabs and Jews operate in a culture of mutual distrust, making a solution to the region’s problems seem intractable. As the only place in the region where Jews and Arabs coexist in significant numbers, Israel is the logical place to begin breaking down barriers and building trust. I therefore applaud the Jewish community in Britain for taking the initiative and setting up the UK Task Force.”
Lord Howard of Lympne QC
"My time living with the Halayle family in Sakhnin – and later often meeting them – showed me that Arab citizens of Israel have just as great a desire for peace and prosperity as the Jewish Israelis who live around them. The benefits of building positive relations between the two communities are immeasurable – I commend the UK Task Force and its aim to deepen understanding of these issues among the UK Jewish community."
Lord Janner of Braunstone QC, author of One Hand Alone Cannot Clap
“The UK Jewish community can be immensely proud that its key institutions have created a Task Force to inform, educate and work on these issues.”
Jeremy Newmark, Chief Executive, Jewish Leadership Council
"As an Arab citizen of Israel I believe that constructing a shared society of inclusion and equality among Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens is a moral and pragmatic imperative for both the Arab and Jewish citizens of the State of Israel. With the creation of the UK Task Force, we now have an essential partner in this mission. I commend you for your initiative and look forward to working together with you in creating a worthwhile shared society in Israel."
Mohammad Darawshe, Director of Planning, Equality and Shared Society at Givat Haviva
"As someone who has long championed Israeli Arab causes in the public discussion, I welcome the UK Task Force and the increased interest in these issues among the British Jewish community."
Isaac Herzog MK, Former Minister of Social Affairs and Services, Israel
“David Ben Gurion wanted Israel to be a light unto the nations – a nation of justice and equality. To reach this goal, we need to do more to close the gaps between our Arab and Jewish citizens; it is not only the just and correct thing to do – it is good for the Jews and it is good for the economy. I am delighted that Israel has the support of the UK Task Force and British Jews on this important issue.”
Professor Avishay Braverman MK, Former Minister of Minority Affairs, Israel
“I strongly support the work of the UK Task Force. It is vital that we build understanding of the issues facing Israeli Arabs, and do everything we can to help build good relations between Israel's communities.”
H.E. Matthew Gould, UK Ambassador to Israel
"We are extremely grateful for the supportive work of the UK Task Force on issues relating to Arab Citizens of Israel... Its commitment to facilitating new partnerships to advance the integration and opportunities of Israel's Arab minority is entirely positive."
Baroness Warsi, The Senior Minister of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Foreign and Commonwealth Office
“For the government of Israel, developing the potential of Israel’s Arab citizens is a matter of great and long-term importance. The UK Task Force has generated impressively broad based support from across the Jewish community towards this vital goal. I wish you continued success working alongside Israel as we strive for further progress.”