Main Projects of Hakeshet – 2004 - 2005
Presenting Mizrahi Jewish and Arab Visual Art as a similar culture
This project brings together Arab and Jewish artists and displays their work in numerous community centers throughout the country. The perspective taken is that Mizrahi and Arab art and culture are a similar culture. This perspective is very original in Israel and can serve as an important pretext for learning to understand one another.
The project seeks to reach out to the wide Jewish and Arab public at the grassroots level, in the cities and in the periphery, and seeks to change the atmosphere of divergence by instead focusing on the commonalities and similarities as a regional culture. From this, the Jewish and Arab populations can begin to understand that they come from similar backgrounds, share the same problems today, have both experienced similar discrimination and thus can learn to relate as equals. The project consists of three main components: rotating exhibitions, a catalogue and community involvement.
Hakeshet Forum is a series of meetings regarding political, social, economical and cultural issues in the Israeli society. The nature of these meetings is unique and handled in a way of discussions and critical reading of chosen texts.
The goal of the project is to create a platform for Hakeshet members and the general public in which it will construct debates on deferent relevant issues – gender, ethnicity, racism, democracy, equality etc.
The lecturers are experts in their fields, some are active members of Hakeshet and others are quest lecturers from other civil organizations and movements.
The Keshet holds conferences each year in a number of subjects that are on the Movement’s agenda and pertain to Israeli society. The participants of the conferences include Keshet activists, sympathizers and the general public. They focus on social problems, the economy, education and culture. The Keshet sees these conferences as an important way to influence public opinion, change policies and as a means to recruit new members.
The project aims to Initiate change and introducing “standards for civil equality and just distribution of land use” that will lead to a more democratic and equal society, based on equality and just distribution among the different sectors of the population, to social mobility, to egalitarian democracy, and to minimizing social and economic differences between Jews and Arabs, new immigrants and veterans, center and periphery of Israeli society.
The project aims to reach economic strengthening of local authorities in the periphery of the State of Israel, inhabited mainly by Jews, new immigrants and Arabs. This economic strengthening will enable the local authorities in those towns and villages to significantly improve the variety of public services provided by them to the inhabitants (education, culture, health etc.). Such services, especially raising the level of education and culture in the towns, are tools for social mobility and a life buoy for populations that are in a very low social-economic level, expanding and building industrial and commercial centers in those towns will help find solutions to the severe unemployment problem and provided many and varied jobs for the residents.
In addition to the ongoing activity of Hakeshet Hademocratit its members are key leaders in a variety of organizations that deal with social issues such as land, employment and unemployment, education, women rights, health and ad-hook coalitions such as the coalition for the Feminist Conference and the Coalition for the Activism Festival and more.
Rainbow of Ideas - New Perspectives on Politics, Society and Culture – Hakeshet Book
Since its inception about 8 years ago, Hakeshet has attracted a great deal of public attention. The activities of the Keshet in the realms of social justice and multiculturalism – and especially these concerning state lands and public housing - have rendered it as one of the central political movements operating within the boundaries of civil society in Israel. The influence of the Keshet in this regard has become notably pronounced. Representatives of the Keshet have been often invited to participate in public forums where social and economic policies and reforms are articulated. They have been also sought after regularly by the media to comment on social, economic and political affairs in Israeli society. Over the years many newspapers reports and academic studies have been produced, dealing with the Keshet, the rationales leading to its establishment, activities, ideology and its basic principles. But until now the Keshet itself has not produced its own account of itself. The book we intend to edit is designed to accomplish this important task.
Employment and Unemployment
It is well known that unemployment is one of the main causes of poverty, and many unemployed women suffer tremendous difficulties in searching for a job.
The main purpose of this project is to prevent the process of decline into poverty
by providing support for the unemployed at all levels of their employment search - to provide access and means to technological assistance such as
computers, printers, fax machines and the Internet and to establish a system where unemployed women can use the various means involved in job search, exchange information, and become exposed to the maximum number of job offers that are on the market.