The 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel
Sunday, May 194:30 PM AFI Silver Theatre
Sponsored by the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues and the Edlavitch DCJCC
Lead Support provided by The Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation and The Lois and Richard England Family Foundation
Join us for our 9th annual in-depth exploration of the daily lives and challenges of Arab Citizens of Israel.
The program will feature screenings of two mid-length films—Freedom Train from director Tawfik Abu Wael, and Be/Longing by Amit Breuer—followed by a conversation with the main subject of Be/Longing, Amal Rihan and JDC Israel Tevet’s Director of Employment Programs for Arabs and for Career Advancement, Suzan Hasan. The discussion will be moderated by Ron Gerlitz, Co-Executive Director, Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality.
Both the films and the conversation to follow center on the challenges faced by Arab women in Israel regarding career opportunities, racism, and the struggle for equal treatment. The discussion will offer insight into real issues facing Arab Citizens in contemporary Israeli society, while also providing a look at the constructive changes being enacted on the ground by NGOs, government agencies, businesses and determined individuals.
Co-presented by Adas Israel Congregation; Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation; American Jewish Committee, Washington Region; American University Center for Israel Studies; Anti-Defamation League, Washington Region; Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County; Embassy of Israel; Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues; Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington; Jewish Federation of Greater Washington; New Israel Fund; Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society; University of Maryland Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies; and Washington Hebrew Congregation.
Amal Rihan lives in Jaffa. She is an Arab Muslim woman, and an Arabic Language teacher for Arab and Jewish people.
In her current role at JDC-TEVET, Suzan Hasan is responsible for developing innovative initiatives for the integration of two main populations into the job market: Arab men and women who are disengaged from the labor force and working for lower wages than the general population, with emphasis on developing interventions and innovative employment opportunities such as telecommuting and e-commerce, and on enhancing capacities and skills relevant to effecting change in the employment field. Suzan has extensive knowledge and experience in the employment of special needs populations, accrued during her research work at the Myers-Joint-Brookdale Institute and accompanying programs for Israeli Arab society and disadvantaged women from their stage of development through their adoption by the government. Suzan also has broad experience advising social and business organizations in the development of employment programs for disenfranchised groups. She has also been a lecturer in career management programs. Suzan holds a Bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience, an additional degree in social work, and a Master’s in Law studies and Criminology – all from Hebrew University.
Ron Gerlitz joined Sikkuy: the Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality as co-executive director in January 2009. In this capacity, he led the development of the Sikkuy model for mapping the barriers to equality and creating policy recommendations, “From Barriers to Opportunities”, and edited six policy papers as part of this series. Ron is an expert on Jewish-Arab relations in Israel and frequently writes op-eds In Hebrew, English and Arabic about the status of relations between the Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel and between the Arab citizens and the state.
Ron is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a B.Sc. in mathematics and computer science and an MA in public policy, both magna cum laude. He began his professional career in hi-tech, working for six years as software and algorithm team leader, both in Israel and in Silicon Valley, California.