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The 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel

Take an in-depth exploration of the challenges faced by Arab women in Israel, including limited career opportunities, racism, and the struggle for equal treatment.

The program, presented by the JxJ Festival, will feature screenings of two mid-length films—Freedom Train from director Tawfik Abu Wael, and Be/Longing by Amit Breuer. They will be followed by a conversation that will offer insight into real issues facing Arab citizens in contemporary Israeli society, while also providing a look at the constructive changes being enacted on the ground by NGOs, government agencies, businesses, and determined individuals.

The discussion will feature Amal Rihan, the main subject of Be/Longing, and Suzan Hasan, the Director of Employment Programs for JDC Israel-Tevet – an organization that develops programs to address the needs of those who are often excluded from the Israeli labor market, including Arab-Israelis. It will be moderated by Ron Gerlitz, Co-Executive Director of Sikkuy, an organization of Jewish and Arab Israeli citizens who are working advance equality and partnership between the Arab Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel.

Washington Hebrew Congregation is a co-presenter of this program, which is sponsored by the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues and the Edlavitch DCJCC.