The Abraham Fund Initiatives has been working since 1989 to promote coexistence and equality among Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens. Named for the common ancestor of both Jews and Arabs, The Abraham Fund advances a cohesive, secure and just Israeli society by promoting policies based on innovative social models, and by conducting large-scale social change initiatives, advocacy and public education.
Their vision is of a shared, tolerant and diverse society where Arabic, as one of Israel’s two official languages, is an appreciated, spoken and visible language, alongside the Jewish majority’s native Hebrew; where Jewish and Arab Israelis understand, respect and appreciate one another’s culture and heritage, as a precondition for constructing a shared society of coexistence and equality.
They have initiatives to integrate Arab women into the workforce, raising their status in Arab society, combating poverty and contributing to Israel’s economic growth; to help the police enhance the scope and quality of services provided to Israel’s Arab citizens, by creating partnership and dialogue between police and the Arab community and by equipping the police with the knowledge and skills needed to serve a diverse society and foster mutual trust and respect between Arab society and the Israel Police; and to deepen policy makers’ familiarity with Arab society, and raise awareness of the need to advance Jewish-Arab equality and social inclusion, critical to Israel’s future.
Civic Equality, Economic Development, Elections, Employment, Jewish-Arab Relations, Policy and Legislation, Female Empowerment.
25 April 2017
MK Aida Touma-Suleiman (Joint List), who is the chairperson of the Knesset’s Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, called the appointment “a historic step in the Arab feminist movement in Israel, a step that benefits not only Arab-Muslim women, but the entire Arab population in Israel.”
8 March 2017
The head of the Arab Joint List faction, MK Ayman Odeh, along with fellow Joint List lawmakers Masud Ganaim and Jamal Zahalka, backed a plan developed by two coexistence NGOs that would see Arab towns establish their own local volunteering programs for local army-age youth.
The programme is a joint initiative of the Abraham Fund, an Israeli non-profit working on Arab-Jewish coexistence issues, and the Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation (JEEC-NISPED)
26 February 2017
An amendment to the Planning and Building Law that will increase enforcement and penalties for illegal construction is being ardently opposed by Arab MKs and dovish rights groups on the grounds that it ignores alleged government failures to provide Arabs with the means to build legally.
12 February 2017
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation voted on Sunday to provide government backing for the new version of the “muezzin bill,” a proposal to ban religious institutions from using outdoor loudspeakers at night. Amnon Be’eri Sulitzeanu and Dr. Thabet Abu Ras, co-CEOs of the Abraham Fund Initiatives NGO that deals with Jewish-Muslim relations in Israel, said that the bill will only add to the tension between the two religions. “It seems that the true goal of the bill is to harm the Arab sector,” they said. “Passing the bill will be foolish; it will load the interfaith relations with more religious animosity, which was relatively minor up until now.”
4 February 2017
The some 5,000 protesters voiced their anger over recent home demolitions in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran and in the northern Arab village of Qalansawe, saying the government’s handling of those incidents contrasted sharply with its treatment of settlers in the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona, which was evacuated this week.
Anton Goodman, director of development for the coexistence organization The Abraham Fund called the demonstration “an outpouring of emotion from those who know from deep practical experience that better Jewish and Arab relations are attainable.”
14 December 2016
Israel’s population is a mishmash of Jewish communities from around the globe, with a healthy dash of local Arabs. Like any society, Israel struggles to find a way to create a healthy shared society between the disparate parts of the community that came to the land with their own customs, cultures, emotional baggage and expectations.