Bridge the Divide: Building Jewish-Arab Partnership in a Time of Crisis

Sunday, November 14, 10:30 am

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A conversation with Fida Nara Tabony, Shatil’s Director of Shared Society at the New Israel Fund
via ZOOM.  Members may visit our secure zoom webpage for the link. Non members may contact us for the link.

Over the last six months, we have seen tensions flare in Jerusalem, the worst outbreak of hostilities between Israel and Hamas since 2014, and intercommunal violence between Arab and Jewish citizens in Israel’s mixed cities. Looting, riots, and physical violence in places like Lod, Acre, Bat Yam, and even Jaffa has left both Jewish and Arab residents’ faith in the power of partnership and shared society badly shaken.

Join us for a conversation with Fida Nara Tabony, Shatil’s Director of Shared Society, to understand better how we at NIF are continuing to nurture Jewish Arab partnership that supports the infrastructure and growth of a truly shared society.

Fida Nara is Shatil’s new Director in Haifa. Previously, Fida was Mahapach-Taghir’s Co-Director. Mahapach-Taghir means ‘change’, the organization is a feminist grassroots Jewish-Arab initiative for social change, established to promote a shared society in Israel with equal opportunities for all. Fida was born in Nazareth and grew up in Neve Shalom, an Arab-Jewish village. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Tel-Hai College and a master’s degree in Gender Studies from Bar Ilan University. Fida has always strived to learn and develop personally and professionally – she participated in different courses, including Conflict Management, Community Organizing for Social Change and Facilitators Training. Member of the National Secretariat of Hadash – The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality; she was on the Hadash list (number 8) during the 2019 elections. For the past 25 years, Fida has dedicated her life to women’s empowerment and social change. Her activism started as a young woman volunteering at the Hotline for Victims of Sexual Violence, she then proceeded to work as the Coordinator for the Awareness Raising Project at Women Against Violence for 13 years and eventually became the Director of the Social Change Unit at Women Against Violence. She has two daughters.