Sikkuy-Aufoq is a shared Jewish and Arab nonprofit organization that works to advance equality and partnership between the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel – descendants of those who remained within the Israeli borders after the founding of the state in 1948 – and the country’s Jewish citizens. Since its founding in 1991, Sikkuy-Aufoq has sought to bring an end to the longstanding discrimination and ongoing inequality between these two groups and lay the foundation for a truly shared society.
For the past 30 years, the shared Jewish-Arab nonprofit Sikkuy-Aufoq has worked to bring an end to the longstanding discrimination and ongoing inequality between the Jewish and Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel in order to lay the foundation for a truly shared society. Read more about our work and click on the timeline for the details.
To advance our vision, we work with local Arab municipalities and the leadership of Arab society and engage in advocacy vis-à-vis government ministries, public bodies, the media, and the public at large, promoting policy change that will bring about full and substantive equality and a shared society. Our strategy is to educate and influence senior decision makers in the government and in the public and commercial sectors through professionally developed, data-driven, and practical recommendations for policy change.
In addition to our efforts advancing material equality, we work to create a shared society and strengthen shared spaces that accord Arabs as well as Jews an equal place and a sense of belonging and acceptance. Segregation between Jews and Arabs remains the norm in Israel, perhaps most notably in housing and education. This segregation maintains a sense of alienation and mistrust between the two groups, exacerbated by the national conflict, which systematically increases anti-Arab prejudice and incitement.
Our goal is to ensure that Arab citizens feel at home in public spaces – public and cultural institutions, nature and leisure venues, workplaces, the health system, academic institutions, public transportation – not only as individuals but as part of a collective, without feeling they must hide who they are or change their identity and appearance.