Habonim Dror & UK Task Force
Youth Movement E-Resources
The UK Task Force is a coalition of 39 Jewish organisations, including a range of youth movements, who share a commitment to achieving civic equality in Israel for Jews and Arabs alike - as stated in Israel's Declaration of Independence. We work to educate, engage, and empower the British Jewish community on issues relating to Arab citizens of Israel, and to facilitate partnerships to advance the opportunities of Israel's Arab minority.
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Israel’s Declaration of Independence, adopted in 1948, set out a bold vision of the new State of Israel as a homeland for the Jewish people and an equal democracy for all its citizens. This vision is always one that Habonim Dror has shared and educated generations of chanichim towards. The vision remains as important today as it was when Israel was founded.
How a society treats its minority groups often tells us much about the health and vibrancy of that society and the strength of its democracy. This is no different for Israel where the position and treatment of Israel’s Arab citizens tells us much about how well Israel achieves the compatibility between being a democracy and a Jewish homeland.
This is a challenge that Israeli society and those in power have been addressing for many years and we can look to many improvements in recent years. We are also seeing a growing number of diaspora Jewish supporters of Israel being switched on to these issues and helping to contribute to a better path ahead for the Israeli Arab community and for Arab-Jewish relations.
This is an issue that Habonim Dror can play a meaningful role on. The movement has never shied away from grappling with some of the more challenging issues facing the world. And it has never been afraid to expose its chanichim to them. The voice of Habonim Dror, standing upon its pillars of Socialism, Zionism and Judaism, must be at the forefront of those in the Jewish world who are encouraging Israel to address the needs of all its citizens, Jew and Arab alike, recognising that to do otherwise - creating islands of opportunity in a sea of poverty and exclusion - would be a recipe for social turmoil, and pose a threat to the very fabric of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.
On a personal note, my first meaningful interactions with Arab citizens of Israel came during Shnat (gap year programme); including volunteering in the neighbouring Arab village to the kibbutz in which we were based, or the home hospitality programme with an Arab family. For me these were really important milestones in my Israel journey and deepened my attachment and commitment to Israel. I hope these resources from the Task Force help madrichim and chanichim today explore these crucial issues.
It is not always an obvious choice for people to care about those that are different from them, but it is still a choice we make. An informed choice based on education, perspective and values. In a growing world living in shades of grey, the sometimes black and white mindset of Diaspora Jews when it comes to the Arab world is astonishing. The right to self determination and to create your own identity is something we may have become complacent with.
At Habonim Dror we are committed to the education of our members to advocate and stand up for the rights of all people in the State of Israel. Through the value of Shivyon Erech Haadam (the equal value of humankind) members of Habonim are able to have an opinion grounded in perspective and values. An opinion that mixed with our education of critical analysis, equality and the bystander will hopefully lead to direct activism that creates the Israel we believe in.
Habonim Dror believes in the constructive critique of Israel to shed light unto our communities and move closer to acceptance and a better Israel for everyone. The Diaspora must stop only relating to Israel on the back of the occupation and look at all internal facets of the national identity, including Arab-Israelis.
Arab-Israeli problems should not be a “left-wing” concern, it should be a concern of all those who care about equality and the future of a just Israeli society. I think Martin Luther King said it best when he said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Aleh Ve’Hagshem.