Date(s) - 05/06/2016
On June 5th the FES-Israel visited the long-standing partner organization Givat Haviva in Wadi Ara. During the visit the FES team learned about Givat Haviva’s work for the establishment of an egalitarian and inclusive society for Jews and Arabs in Israel. After Yaniv Sagée, director of Givat Haviva, presented the history and current work fields of the organization FES-Israel visited the Art Center of Givat Haviva and the exhibition of a Jewish-Arab art project which is part of Givat Havivas “Shared Communities” project. Accompanied by the longtime head of the Jewish-Arab Center for Peace of Givat Haviva Riad Kabha, the Co-Director of the Education Department of Givat Haviva Samer Atamni and the mayor of Menashe Regional Council Ilan Sadeh (honored 2015 together with the mayor of Kafr Qara Hassan Atamneh with the FES Human Rights Award) the FES team visited a Jewish-Arab ecological educational project in Kibbutz Ein Shemer. The tour continues with a visit at the bilingual Jewish-Arab school “Bridge over the Wadi” in Kafr Qara. Finally Riad Kabha led FES through his divided village Barta’a and through Wadi Ara along the “green line”. Here the FES team could get an idea of the complex human and political tangles in this border area. The tour ended in Umm al-Fahem, the second largest Arab city in Israel.