Kudos to the ZF

By telegramsam
November 7, 2010

Well done to the Zionist Federation, a grand old organisation which I have sometimes maligned. Now that it has a new chairman, Harvey Rose, described by many as a mensch, it is beginning to shake off its right wing shackles and join other organisations in fighting for a more socially just Israel.
In the UK Task Force on Issues Facing Arab Citizens of Israel it has teamed up with British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam and the New Israel Fund UK, as well as a host of other groups (Board of Deputies and the UK Friends of the Abraham Fund Initiatives and UJIA).
Such action can only be praised. So hats off to Harvey and Jonathan.



Sun, 11/07/2010 - 18:33

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And the purpose of this post is what exactly?
By the way there is no need to "fight" injustice which the Task force is not pledged to do any way (see its mission statement) since the one of the most prominent examples of Israeli governmental activity designed to meet the challenge of closing the gap between the Arab and Jewish sectors is the October 2000 decision of the Government of Israel to designate resources for all areas of socio-economic development in the Arab sector communities of Israel.
The decision states that the Government "regards itself as obligated to act to grant equal and fair conditions to Israeli Arabs in the socio-economic sphere, in particular in the areas of education, housing and employment" and "to reduce the gaps between the Arab and Jewish sectors". The total cost of the multi-year plan is NIS 4 billion (approximately 1 billion US dollars).

The plan is coordinated by an inter-ministerial team, headed by the Prime Minister's Office, and is based on working jointly with Arab Israeli authorities.

Highlights of the plan are:
Education projects, including construction of classrooms in pre-compulsory kindergartens, elementary and high schools; pedagogical plans to advance the educational system in the Arab sector; the opening of new courses of study in technological fields; setting up engineering-technician and vocational training courses.
Construction of family health and dental clinics.
Funds for the restoration, establishment and development of religious institutions in Arab sector communities.
Development of public institutions for cultural, social and sports activities. First priority has been given to community centers of various sizes and sports halls in large communities. Funds will also be allocated to assist cultural, artistic and sports activities.
The advancement of master schemes, outlines and detailed plans in Arab sector communities. These planning tools are vital for without them the physical development of these communities cannot implemented.
Development of older neighborhoods, including new infrastructure and improvement of existing infrastructure. Special attention will be devoted to restoring dwellings owned by elderly persons living alone.
Development of new neighborhoods using high-density public building, mainly on State lands, for a total of 5,000 dwelling units, as well as on private lands located with the bounds of Arab sector neighborhoods.
Transport projects, including the development of a network of roads in the areas of Arab sector communities, internal road systems and safety projects.
Six industrial zones in densely populated Arab areas, with the accompanying benefits to be granted to enterprises under the Encouragement of Capital Investments Law.
Funding for various economic projects, such as development of trade and services areas, tourism infrastructure and holiday units.
Although implementation of the Government's multi-year plan has only just begun, the plan and its generous budget have the potential for greatly advancing development throughout the Arab sector of Israeli society.


Sun, 11/07/2010 - 19:42

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Quite obviously, Advi3er, the purpose of the post was to praise the ZF for joining socially and equality minded organisations such as British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam and the New Israel Fund UK, as well as the Abraham Fund.
Four billion shekels, that's a lot of dough. But what percentage is it of the Israeli Budget? And I see it is to implement a decision from 2000. Why the delay?


Mon, 11/08/2010 - 00:52

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That "village" you mention advocates a bi-national state, doesn't it?

Never knew you wished for Israel to be destroyed.

Anthony Posner

Thu, 11/11/2010 - 13:28

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5 April, 2010 - 22:08
You aren't my motek? Thank crunchie for that

7 October, 2010 - 11:22
Crunchie knows I spend enough time with them here and in Israel.


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