Arab Society in Israel
IDI's Arab-Jewish Relations program seeks to mitigate the tensions between Israel's Jewish majority and Arab minority and create a shared, inclusive society. This was a year of unprecedented and unexpected changes in the program’s environment. The program seeks to address the social, cultural, economic and legal barriers to the integration of Israel's Arab minority into the Israeli state and society. Program staff members devise and promote policy recommendations designed to allow Israel's Arabs to prosper as citizens with equal rights and opportunities.
Among other initiatives, the program is initiating a regular survey of facts and figures about the Arab-Israeli population, developing a model of shared workspaces for Israeli employers, advancing the inclusion of Arab citizens in government decision-making, promoting mutual understanding between Jews and Arabs, and organizing forums for dialogue between Jews and Arabs and Arabs and state institutions.