On June 6th, 2016 FES-Israel welcomed foreign diplomats and representatives of the international press to a presentation on the topic “Diversity and Arab representation in Israel’s mainstream Hebrew Media“. Sikkuy Co-Directors Ron Gerlitz and Rawnak Natour presented the work of their organization to advance a shared society for Jews and Arabs in Israel.
Their talk was followed by the presentation of the “Representation Index”, a joint project of Sikkuy, The Seventh Eye and Berl Katznelson Foundation by Sikkuy’s project manager Edan Ring. The „Representation Index“ documents on a weekly basis the very low rate of Arab experts in news and talk shows in Israel’s mainstream Hebrew media. The aim is to create awareness among journalists in Hebrew media and to encourage them to improve the representation of Arab experts in their media outlets. So far this strategy has been very successful. Within just a few weeks from the publication of the first “Representation Index” the number of Arab experts in Hebrew media has increased significantly. However, there is still a long way to go until a fair representation rate is reached. Sikkuy’s presentation was followed by Nicole Hod and Makbula Nasar from ANU who introduced the „A-List“, a cutting edge online data base of Arab experts in Israel in a large variety of fields. The data base was developed by ANU in cooperation with Sikkuy in order to meet the need for a reliable and easily available source of Arab experts.
Click on link to access the A-List: http://a-list.org.il/