Why Atidna

The challenge

After over 70 years of growth, Israeli society is immersed in a deep crisis of confidence, a great and unsolved challenge derives therefrom: Full and successful integration of the Arabs into Israeli society. The reason for the crisis of confidence, in our understanding, is not the lack of plans or efforts, but the lack of a movement in the spirit of Atidna, which boldly addresses the Arab-Jewish majority interested in such integration. Our voice is clear: The time has come for Arab leadership, which will abandon separatism and lead to successful integration, and the time has come for the Jewish public in Israel, as well as its political leadership, to see the Arab citizens as full partners in the further construction of the Israeli state and society, now and in the future. Together – Arabs and Jews – we will work to strengthen the State of Israel for the sake of all of us.

The Arab partners

We are proud of our identity, our culture, our language, and our Arab roots, and they are the ones who give us the power to recognize the State of Israel as a Jewish-democratic state. We are positive that with the power of this recognition to crack the walls of fear among our Jewish friends and pave a new path in the long struggle started by our ancestors for the full equality of the Arabs in the State of Israel. We know that many Arabs feel as we do, and there are also quite a few who think otherwise. Therefore, we willingly volunteered to raise the flag of change and chart the way to it among the communities in which we live.

The Jewish partners

We, Jewish Israelis who belong to the State Camp, appreciate our Arab partners for their brave initiative, and support it wholeheartedly. We feel a supreme civic and national duty to combat shoulder to shoulder with our Arab friends, for civil equality for Arab citizens in the State of Israel. We recognize the fact that many in the State Camp refuse to see Arabs in Israel as equal citizens. We see this as a mistake and even a deviation from the basic values of the State Camp, and we believe that our shared vision is of enormous importance for securing the future of Israeli society. Therefore, we took upon ourselves to find a way and recruit as many partners as possible for partnership and integrati

Atidna is a courageous partnership

Atidna movement is a non-profit organization, established in 2018 in order to provide solution to the above challenge. We, Israeli educators, society and entrepreneurship, believe that true integration will only begin when all of us, Arabs and Jews alike, will see the Arab Israeli public as an equal partner in a Jewish and democratic state.

We, the Arabs and the Jews

Joined together to build an impeccable society in Israel, to fight the harsh voices inside us and to encourage the spirits of reconciliation in the small streets and high windows, among the public and the establishment. We know how difficult the task is and understand that these statements will still be tested in difficult times. Nevertheless, we have joined together to spread this consensus and realize it at the symbolic level, and more than that, on a practical level. Before our eyes we see a peaceful, successful and trusting country, which maintains an internal equilibrium within it, in which its identity does not shadows its equality, and its equality does not detract from its identity.

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