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Government Award to Lishma for Innovative Program

Government Award to Lishma for Innovative Program

Shatil is thrilled to announce that our consultee, Lishma, an organization of and for people coping with psychiatric disability, received the Health Minister’s Award for the Promotion of Health Rights for its Hospital Peers Specialists Project. The unique project places people with psychiatric disabilities in mental hospitals as staff that act as liaisons between patients, [&hellip

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Land to the People

Land to the People

The High Court of Justice last week came down strongly on the side of the Israeli public and against special interest groups that want to use a huge amount of state-owned land for profit. In two decisions, the Court ruled that state-owned agricultural land that had been used by kibbutzim and moshavim for decades with [&hellip

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A revolution in Laqiya: Improving Residents’ Lives through Strategic Planning

A revolution in Laqiya: Improving Residents’ Lives through Strategic Planning

If you know anything about Israel’s 245,000 Negev Bedouin, an indigenous, a once nomadic people, you know that their standard of living is below par in just about every way. Negev Bedouin towns are characterized by high rates of poverty and school dropout, as well as a dearth of adequate commercial, industrial, transportation, health, recreation [&hellip

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Meet Bedouin woman activist, Amal Alnasasra: from Shatil project participant to NGO director

Meet Bedouin woman activist, Amal Alnasasra: from Shatil project participant to NGO director

Thirty-nine year old Amal Alnasasra grew up among the poorest of the poor in Rahat’s neglected Neighborhood 20, where the residents are, like her, “dark skinned” as she puts it. (Israel is home to thousands of Arabs of African descent who arrived here throughout the centuries in a variety of ways.) Today, as co-director of [&hellip

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Civil society pressure saves Bedouin adult education program

Civil society pressure saves Bedouin adult education program

Intensive advocacy by civil society organizations, including Shatil, saved a program that gives Bedouin school dropouts the equivalent of a basic/high school education. The Ministry of Education had decided to close the NIS 2 million program for lack of funds. But after the organizations activated Knesset members who took immediate steps, sent letters to seven [&hellip

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Meet Ameer Abo Hamad: Getting to know Jerusalem through its people’s stories

Meet Ameer Abo Hamad: Getting to know Jerusalem through its people’s stories

Next month, Shatil will launch the fourth cadre of “Lowering the Walls,” an anti-racism training for Jerusalem leaders. In anticipation, we introduce you to a member of the last cohort, who as a result of his participation, is establishing a unique tourism project.   At 25, Ameer Abu Hamad has a college degree, co-owns a [&hellip

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