Shared Jewish-Arab Cities: An Antidote to Political Segregation in Israel?

Shared Jewish-Arab Cities: An Antidote to Political Segregation in Israel? 2021-04-12T21:14:58+00:00

Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel live segregated lives: For the most part, they grow up apart, go to separate schools, live in different cities and towns, marry within their ethnic group, and commute to different workplaces. One small ray of hope, however, can be found in Israel’s seven “mixed cities,” where Arabs and Jews share the same municipal space and are beginning to forge paths to collaboration on the local political level. On Thursday, March 11 at 12:30 pm US Eastern time, Partners for Progressive Israel was joined via Zoom by Dr. Thabet Abu Rass, Co-Executive Director of the Abraham Initiatives NGO, and Ruth Lewin-Chen, Director of the Shared Cities project at the Abraham Initiatives, who discussed both the grim reality of segregation in Israel, but also the opportunity to utilize mixed cities as a model to enhance greater Jewish-Arab political partnership throughout the country. Partners for Progressive Israel board member and photo/activist, Gili Getz, moderated the conversation, which was followed by a Q&A discussion with the Zoom audience.

 

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