Mike Prashker, Commentator and Founder of MERCHAVIM
Adv. Abbas Abbas, Founder and Director of Al-Manarah
Yael Kliger, Public Relations Director for United Hatzalah
Dr. Simcha Getahune, Academic and Intercultural Supervisor and Professional Collaborations Development Director at ELEM
TIME: 6 – 7pm, Monday 3rd March 2014
VENUE: Committee Room 8, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
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Israel’s state-building achievements are remarkable – in its short history the diminutive country has absorbed millions of immigrants, forged a formidable army and built an economy that outpaces most other developed states in its innovation and growth. But no state can be stronger than the fabric of its society, and Israel’s 7.8 million citizens face exceptional society-building challenges. Sixty-five years after its founding, Israel remains deeply divided – between religious and secular, rich and poor, Jews and Arabs, right and left, and of course between the country itself and its neighbours.
How can Israel reach a model of shared citizenship in which all may partake? How can Israel – which despite its economic boom is one of the OECD’s most unequal countries – create an economy that is based on equal opportunity? Most importantly, how can Israelis find unity in difference, and harmony in diversity?
By kind invitation of Louise Ellman MP, The Henry Jackson Society and The British Friends of Merchavim are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion with Mike Prashker, Commentator and Founder of MERCHAVIM – The Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel; Adv. Abbas Abbas, Founder and Director of Al-Manarah, an Israeli advocacy organisation for disabled Arab citizens; Yael Kliger, Public Relations Director for United Hatzalah; and Dr. Simcha Getahune, Academic and Intercultural Supervisor and Professional Collaborations Development Director at ELEM. These prominent Israelis of diverse communities and perspectives will shed light on the critical issues facing their society and discuss bold initiatives to give Israel’s citizens – and all who care about its future – reasons for hope.
Mike Prashker made aliyah from London in 1978 and worked at Melitzfounded MERCHAVIM – The Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel in 1998. Mike is an experienced public speaker and commentator on Israeli society, the Jewish people and citizenship education. He lives in Kiryat Ono with his wife Nina and their three children.
Adv. Abbas Abbas grew up and lives in Nazareth, Israel. Previously, he ran his own law practice and volunteered with organisations assisting people with disabilities. Abbas founded and is the director of Al-Manarah – Association for the Advancement of Persons with Disabilities in the Arab Society in Israel.
Yael Kliger is a married mother of five children living in Beitar Illit and is third-born in a Haredi family of fourteen. She previously ran the “Haredim – Nice to Meet You” Facebook page, providing a platform for dialogue between Haredim and secular Jewish-Israelis. Yael is currently Public Relations Director for United Hatzalah, which allows medical volunteers of all backgrounds to provide emergency medical first-response aid.
Dr. Simcha Getahune was born in Gondar, Ethiopia, and made aliyah to Israel in 1984. She is an Intercultural Supervisor and Professional Collaborations Development Director at ELEM, which provides care for youth at risk. Simcha also lectures at Bar-Ilan University and at the Center for Academic Studies – School of Education, Or Yehuda. She is married with two children and lives in Holon.