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                            Association of Social Service Heads for  Arab Communities

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بريد إلكتروني
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"Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization…of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity" .


(The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
, Article 2)

"The State of Israel will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its citizens"  (From the Israeli declaration of independenc).


September 2009

Since its establishment in 2003, The Forum of Social Services' Directors in the Arab Community is a social rights organization, consisting of all 82 directors in the Arab sector in Israel. It focuses on promoting social and welfare services and addresses related issues not sufficiently covered so far.

Their characteristic which is a great advantage is the quite unique combination of senior experts who are situated "in the heart" of the establishment as directors of municipal departments and at the same time fighting for rights with civil rights and non governmental tools. One might look at it as a paradox but it got them several achievements in the corridors of the welfare Ministry (as an example) and more ears are open to what they have to say because of their standing. They are listened to as an authority and as the ones who are carrying the daily burden on their backs, from within. They are also very quick in putting the finger on the problem and the situation on the ground.

Since 1948, the Arab community of Israel struggles with state authorities, demanding equal legal, social and economical rights. One needs to take into account its unique social make and cultural characteristics [1] .

We, as all other citizens of Israel, are also witnessing a definite and ongoing decrease in national spending on social services [2] .

The combination of these two factors is what lays the foundation to our work. Our advantage is the professional expertise our members contribute, our practical understanding of the situation on the ground and of the needs of our staffs and target population. Our forum strives for a proper representation in the state's welfare committees and professional unions [3]. 

We do not ask our potential donors to replace the state or cover its shortfall by funding services. We do however need every possible moral and material support, to empower our work and enable the success of our advocacy campaign and complementary services.

Our mandate includes: Lobbying and advocacy in the government & Knesset; Legislative initiatives; Representation of the Arab voice and needs in national and professional deciding committees; Follow-up on The annual national budgets and its implications; Professional seminars; Field surveys and academic research; Media outreach.

The Forum appealed to the Supreme Court against the Ministry of Welfare, demanding equal allocation of budgets with adjustments respecting cultural diversity. The Ministry of welfare committed itself to equalize this situation in 3 – 5 years. We are constantly following up on this commitment, as it was not fully implemented to date. Our role in safeguarding the social rights of the Arab citizen is crucial.

In 2006, as a lesson learnt from the Second Lebanon War, our organization was one of the founders of the Almubadara Center, providing social and psychological services for the Arab community in crisis and trauma situations.

The Forum is supported by The New Israel Fund, and cooperates with numerous partner organizations such as city mayors, Shatil, Israel's Religious Action Center (IRAC), The Israel Trauma Coalition, Natal, Adva Center, The higher follow-up committee for Israeli .

Arabs, The Follow-up Committee on Education, Social workers' union, and others. Our voice is heard in all the Ministry of Welfare's professional committees.

We are currently working on better exposure and improved positioning of the Forum in the public arena and awareness
.

All members of the Forum are volunteers. We get "Proper Management Certificate" from the State's Associations Registrar every year.

Members of the board:

      Mr. Emile  Sema'an, director, Peqi'in Social Services - Chair

      Mr. Faiad Habashi, director, Icsal Social Services - Treasurer

      Ms. Eva Sema'an, director, Gush Halav Social Services - Spokesperson

      Ms. Iman Athamne, director, Baka El-Gharbieh Social Services – Vice Chair

      Mr. Ahmed Takrouri, director, Kalansawa Social Services - Secretary

      Ms. Maisar Khalilieh, director, Yafi'a Social Services – Auditing Committee


      Ms. Einas Jubran – Coordinator

      Mr. Carmi Ashboren – Advisor





[1] " The Future Vision of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel", Report, The National Committee for the Heads of the
Arab Local Authorities in Israel
, 12 January 2007

[2]  Swirski, s., Konor-Atias, E., Abu-Khala, H., 2008: Israel: A Social Report 1998-2007, Adva Center

[3]  Sikkuy,  The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality 2008: Final Report on Actions and Accomplishments 2007

 

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