This is a guest post by “Kubeh”.
Organizations from across the political spectrum have launched a new initiative to promote the UK Jewish community’s understanding of Israel’s Arab population.
The UK Task Force on Arab Citizens was established by a coalition bringing together groups who rarely share a public platform, including the Zionist Federation and New Israel Fund UK. Other groups putting their weight behind are the Board of Deputies of British Jews, The Pears Foundation, UJIA and UK Friends of the Abraham Fund Initiatives.
Israel has over 1 million Arabs citizens – that’s approximately 1 in 5 Israelis. At the time that British Jews are working to engage with Israel’s Arabs, Britain’s left-Muslim alliance continues with its attempt to boycott Israel’s Jews.
Co-chairs of the UK Task Force, Douglas Krikler chief executive of UJIA and Trevor Pears, executive chair of The Pears Foundation, said: “We are pleased to have established a broad based coalition of organizations supporting Israel which will help the Jewish community learn more about and play a proactive role in addressing issues facing Israel’s Arab citizens.”
Trevor Pears added: “According to senior Israeli figures, including [former] Supreme Court judge Theodore Orr, this is the most important domestic issue facing Israel. Therefore for those who are concerned about Israel’s stability, prosperity and security, we must find meaningful ways to engage.”
The UK Task Force will work in partnership with the North American Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues, set up by the North American Jewish community who are “…proud of the democratic, sovereign state of the Jewish people and support Israel’s Declaration of Independence including the article that promises social and political equality for all its inhabitants, Jews and Arabs alike.”
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