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Toward a Truly Shared Society in Israel:
Promoting Inclusiveness and Combating Racism


Rawnak Natour, Co-Director of Sikkuy
Libby Lenkinski, VP for Strategy at NIF

Co-Sponsored by the Temple Beth Zion Israel Committee

Sunday, May 22nd
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Temple Beth Zion
1566 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Registration (below) costs $5.
A light brunch will be served.


What makes an Israeli Arab politician stand for Holocaust Remembrance Day and a right-wing hawk post an online video condemning the bullying of non-Jews? Recent vigilante “price tag” violence and incitement by sitting cabinet members have highlighted increasing extremism towards non-Jews, most obviously Arabs. Meanwhile, tension between Jews and Arabs has been high after months of stabbings and car attacks by individual Palestinians. Beneath the headlines, progressive Israelis are mobilizing to achieve a truly shared society for all Israeli citizens. Libby Lenkinski and Rawnak Natour will explore strategies employed on the ground to give all Israeli citizens – Jewish and non-Jewish – a stake in the fight against racism and in the movement towards a truly inclusive democracy.

Sikkuy – The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality is a civil society organization shared by Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel. Founded in 1991, Sikkuy’s mission is to promote full equality in all fields and on all levels between the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel and the Jewish citizens. It has a shared Jewish and Arab board of directors, co-chairs, co-executive directors.

Rawnak Natour, Co-Director of Sikkuy, was born in Kalanswa and received her BA in community social work and MA in early childhood education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she was active in the Arab student’s association. For a number of years she worked on the Shatil team advancing equal rights and coordinated the project for special education for the Arab community. She has 20 years of experience in a wide range of fields in social activism and human and civil rights. Among these activities, she led, managed and participated in projects to advance equal rights in employment, education and against discrimination. In recent years, Rawnak held a wide range of managerial positions in frameworks to advance employment opportunities for educated immigrants in Denmark.

Libby Lenkinski is the Vice President for Strategy at the New Israel Fund. Prior to joining NIF, Libby worked in Israel for almost a decade. Most recently, she worked as Director of International Relations at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and as a strategy consultant for human rights organizations, documentary films, and for progressive campaigns in Israel. She is a founding member of ZAZIM-Community Action. Currently, Libby sits on the board of Comet-ME, on the National Board of Hashomer Hatzair and is an advisor to +972 Magazine and #IfNotNow.

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