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Youth resource focuses on Israel's Arab citizens

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An online resource on Israel's Arab citizens have been developed by seven British youth movements.

BBYO, Bnei Akiva, FZY, Habonim Dror, LJY-Netzer, Noam and RSY-Netzer worked on the project in collaboration with the UK Task Force, a coalition of 39 communal organisations. It was partially funded by the Jewish Youth Fund.

Participating movements identified issues they wanted to highlight and worked with rabbis on relevant text studies - RSY-Netzer, for example, used texts from the book of Genesis, together with quotes from Martin Buber and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, who was active in the American civil rights movement.

Some of the most detailed aspects are the case studies - nine stories covering elements of life for Arab citizens of Israel such as sport, the arts and politics.

There are interactive maps to assist Israel tour leaders in their preparation for visits to Arab communities or related activities.

BBYO leader David Morris said "this e-resource will enable members to understand the positive impact Arab citizens can have in Israel".

Masorti Judaism chair Matt Plen believed the initiative would promote "a society built on values of democracy and social justice".

Although the resource was crafted for youth education among British Jews, it is accessible to informal educators worldwide.

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