How do we find the formula for the best lives together? How do we share the resources and opportunities in a given society when some feel they have more rights than others?
Israel is experiencing increased tension and division between Jews and Arabs. Viewed from the outside this increased tension is part of a general European development, where expressing racist attitudes has acquired increasing legitimacy. But explaining problems in Israel as being part of a common development is perceived as not recognizing the uniqueness of the Israeli conflict, and to offer a comparative analysis referring to parallels in other countries is seen as a lack of understanding.
Givat Haviva is a center in Israel working for coexistence and a shared society, and they are responding to this increased tension by developing a roadmap for a shared society. The annual conference held on March 20 was a mobilization of politicians, NGO workers, journalists and the general public. The purpose of the conference was to discuss recommendations on land use, governance, economic development, education, and cultural representation and restorative processes developed by five expert groups .
Each expert group includes a prominent Arab and Jewish member, which will promote the recommendations to the general public. 70 experts have been involved in the process. A wide engagement will follow the next 6 months, with public meetings around Israel. The feedback received in these meetings will be integrated into the proposal, and the final Roadmap for a Shared Society will be presented to Knesset in December 2017. This presentation will launch a wide advocacy campaign for its adoption. [Read more…]