Sikkuy (“a chance or opportunity” in Hebrew) is an NGO in Israel that develops and implements projects to advance equality between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel. Through political advocacy, working with local government and grassroots activism Sikkuy influences decisions regarding government budgets, resource allocation, hiring policy and land usage.
Founded in 1991 as a shared Jewish-Arab advocacy organisation, Sikkuy’s actions are motivated by the right of every citizen to influence government decisions and policies. Sikkuy is an active member of the international civil society community and is 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 citizenship as the basis for equality) and human dignity (mainstreaming human dignity as the supreme value in relations between the citizen and the state and 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.
11 May 2017
Nearly 70 years since Israel’s founding, the notion of Arabic as a “problem” rather than a (human and material) resource is still widespread. Many Jews perceive Arabic as a language that threatens the Jewish hegemony in the country, and it is perceived as the language of the enemy more as than the language of a neighbor. And therefore the study of the language is mostly encouraged for intelligence and military purposes.
2 February 2017
Although Israeli Arabs number 20 percent of the population, in practice their exposure rates on the chat shows is much less. However, the advent of the index, which is published weekly, may have helped. In January 2016, the index stood at 3 percent and by year-end, at 6 percent.
30 January 2017
Meet some remarkable Druze, Muslim and Christian scientists, media experts, techies, film stars and athletes from Israel. Muslim, Christian, Druze, Bedouin, Baha’i, Circassian and other Arab Israelis make up 21 percent of the country’s population, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.
6 December 2016
Regular followers of the news on Israeli television and radio are unlikely to have missed a significant change that has been taking place over the last few months. More and more Arab interviewees are appearing on the screen, in particular pundits who have been invited to speak about their personal and professional expertise.
28 November 2016
Haifa, which is considered a beacon of urban co-existence in Israel, and where around 11 percent of the 250,000 residents are Arab, all who spoke to The Times of Israel said they were sure that if arsonists were involved in the flames, they weren’t natives of the city. No son or daughter of Haifa — Arab or Jew — they contended, could burn their own beloved city.
28 November 2016
But the fires sweeping across the countryside also brought an outpouring of Jewish-Arab cooperation. Arab members of the Israeli Parliament offered their homes to Jewish evacuees from fire-affected areas; local Arab community centers and restaurants opened their doors to those fleeing the flames. The gestures exposed the contradictions that run through the fragile patchwork of Israeli-Palestinian coexistence.