Arabian-Jewish journalistic project narrows gap between the different communities

November 2004 -

A team of Arabian and Jewish journalists have produced a bilingual newspaper supplement whose main topic is 'co-existence'. At the end of October, this project won a British Diversity Award. The jury praised the contribution that the team had made to the narrowing of the cultural gap between the different communities living in northern Israel.

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Each year, the independent Anser House of Marlow (UK) hands out ten or so awards to so-called 'best practice' examples in the fields of diversity and equal opportunities. The Israeli journalists, students at the Emek Yezreel College near Nazareth, won the European Diversity Silver Standard prize for their newspaper supplement.

The supplement included articles on the city of Haifa - once one of the most peaceful towns in Israel but which recently has been suffering its share of the violence -, on the friendship between a Palestinian woman and a Jewish woman that met each other in the hospital, and on a restaurant where Arabs and Jews meet up to sample the delights of Arabian humus.

The supplement was distributed with a number of major Hebrew and Arabian newspapers in northern Israel during the summer of 2004. It formed part of a larger project organised by the Emek Yezreel College in collaboration with the Media Diversity Institute, a British organisation, under the title 'Finding Common Ground in Israel - Jewish and Arab journalism students working together'. Apart from the supplement, the project also involved a course on reporting on ethnic differences. The project's initiators say that the project aims to create a model for inter-ethnic collaboration and co-operation that will serve as a model for the peaceful solution of problems in the region.

The project has received support from the European Cultural Foundation, the Sigrid Rausing Trust and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.