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Sunday, November 21 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Experience with the 21% Israeli Arabs

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Israel is a diverse country. Compare the 21% Arab citizens as similarly numerically as the 23% French-speaking Canadians. Each country has two main languages, cultures, differing religions, ethnic origins, and different versions of the same history.

Despite strife in Israel, people have much in common. Strife existed in Canada, yet we live well in a Confederation, recovered from terrorism, bombings, political murder, kidnappings, martial law, mass arrests without charges for most, in October 1970.

In Israel's north, where I spent most time, the ratio of Arabs:Jews is closer to 50:50. Successes for Israeli Arabs mount annually. Societal and governmental discrimination exists and there are many NGOs that work hard to enhance equality.

Mixed schools see Jewish and Arab kids learning together from JK-12. Hand-in-Hand Schools, https://handinhandk12.org. Both sides are friends, have respect, speak both languages, do sleepovers, and get high-level education. They lack something big of life: they do not learn abject fear common to Israeli Jews and Arabs.

Qfar Qara Arab town houses a Hand-in-Hand School and is the municipality in Israel with the highest proportion of professionals, especially doctors, in all of Israel, more than Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other places.

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Allan Fox

I have been engaged as for 56 years as a volunteer in Israel, lecturer in my professional medical field, and volunteering in my specialty mainly at Rambam Hospital 18 two-week times from 2003-2015. I speak Hebrew and studied some Arabic.I love the style of Israel and appreciate the... Read More →

Sunday November 21, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST