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November  2020 Newsletter
State Budget and Economic Development Conference recommends immediate action to secure funds from 2020, 2021 state budgets

On November 5, the Mossawa Center, in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Zimmer Local Council, held its annual State Budget and Economic Development in the Arab Community Conference.

The conference, attended by Knesset Members, heads of local councils, leaders within the Palestinian Arab community, and more, recommended immediate action be taken to secure funds intended for the Palestinian Arab community from the 2020 budget, and put into motion the process for demanding 6.4 billion shekels (~ $2b) from the 2021 budget to address the needs Palestinian Arab community.

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Swedish Ambassador visits the Mossawa Center
H.E. Mr. Erik Ullenhag, the Swedish Ambassador to Israel, expressed his desire to strengthen the relationship with the Palestinian Arab community, during his visit to the Mossawa Center in Haifa. The ambassador affirmed that his country is committed to international human rights covenants and that it is concerned with a peace solution between the two peoples.

Mossawa Center staff provided the ambassador and his delegation with a comprehensive overview of the legal, social, economic, and political status of Palestinian Arab citizens in Israel, and addressed issues such as land confiscation, home demolitions, and economic and social discrimination.
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Mossawa in the News
"Workshop for families on how to cope with financial hardships during COVID-19" - The New Arab
"The housing crisis in the Arab sector: the state allocated 1.2 billion shekels [$360 million], but only a third has been spent" - Ynet
"The Supreme Court will discuss the Nof Hagalil municipality's refusal to establish an Arab school" - Walla
Mossawa Center concerned with proposed government plan to combat violence in Palestinian Arab community
After reviewing the draft of the government’s plan to combat organized crime in the Arab community - which has been drafted without any consultation with the Palestinian Arab community - the Mossawa Center expresses its reservations about its contents and rejects large parts of it.
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Following the Mossawa Center’s petition, a Palestinian Arab is appointed as Director of Economic Development Authority for the Arab Society
Hassan Tawafra, a Palestinian Arab, has been appointed as the Director of the Economic Development Authority for the Arab Society. This comes after the Mossawa Center strongly opposed and petitioned against the political appointment of a Jewish employee to the position by former Minister for Social Equality Gila Gamliel, as the position has always been occupied by a Palestinian Arab given its significant relevance to that community.
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Memorial ceremony to honor the late Saba Shami
On Sunday, November 23, 2020, a virtual memorial was held to celebrate the life of Saba Shami, a giant in Arab-American politics, founder of New Dominion PAC, and close friend of the Mossawa Center.

The ceremony was held virtually with participants from both the United States and Shami’s hometown of al-Maghar. The ceremony was attended by friends and family of Saba Shami, including his close friend Senator Tim Kaine, as well as Congressman Don Beyer, Congressman Gerald Conolly, Congressman Jim Moran, and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton.

Jafar Farah, founder of the Mossawa Center, and Suha Salman Mousa, the Executive Director of the Mossawa Center, both spoke at the ceremony, reflecting their close work and friendship with Shami. Salman Mousa remarked, “We are eternally grateful for his dedication and devotion to what he believed in, and for being a compassionate and inspiring person. We will forever be in his debt for all that he has done for us. We strive to be as honest, virtuous, and dutiful as Saba was.”

Prior to his untimely passing, Shami was working with Friends of Mossawa to host Knesset Member Jaber Asakleh of the Joint List in the United States. Salman Mousa and Farah also expressed their hopefulness in continuing to work and cooperate with Shami’s family, friends, and NDPAC, and continue the vital legacy he has built over his decades-long work.
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