In light of current events, our organization is directing much attention to flattening the curve in Arab society. We have identified many factors that heighten vulnerability among Arab citizens to the spread and impact of COVID-19 in Israel. Among these include cultural norms, religious beliefs, a lack of emergency preparedness, greater risk of unemployment, digital inequality, and low levels of trust in the national government.
We are working to raise awareness around these issues and advocate for top-down action among government ministries, emergency and law enforcement agencies, and municipal leaders; we are also working to educate Arab citizens and encourage stringent compliance with rules around containing the spread of the virus.
–For a more detailed overview on the vulnerability of Arab society to COVID-19 and our response as an organization, click here.
–For an English translation of a letter we sent to the IDF Home Front Command with suggestions on preventing rapid spread of the virus in Arab society, click here.
–For an English translation of position paper we sent to the Knesset’s COVID-19 committee with policy recommendations around preventing rapid spread of the virus during Ramadan, click here.
–For an English transition of a position paper we sent to the Ministry of Interior requesting assistance packages for Arab families in mixed cities during Ramadan, click here.
–For a video of Dr. Thabet Abu Rass discussing concerns and suggestions around Ramadan observance during COVID-19 in an interview on Kan 11, click here.
–For an English translation of a position paper we sent to the Ministry of Education on bridging the digital divide, click here.
–For an English translation of a letter we sent to Israel’s higher education leadership and presented to the Education Committee of the Knesset on the need to support Arab students via continued accessibility programs despite campus closures, click here.
–For an English translation of a letter we sent to the Director of Israel’s Ministry of Education on the need to delay re-opening of schools in Arab society, click here.
–For a recording of more than 1,000 Jewish and Arab students participating in a Shared Learning activity via Zoom on April 1st, 2020, click here.
–For a blog published in the Times of Israel by our intern, Claire Trilling, on the heightened importance of our shared society work at this time, click here.