We are Palestinian and Jewish activists in Sadaka-Reut, who work together to build bi-national partnership in the society we live in. This partnership will be achieved by recognizing and taking responsibility for the inherent injustice in our current reality and by correcting this injustice as the foundation for a shared future for both peoples, together with other minorities that live in Israel.
The relations between the Jewish majority and the Palestinian minority in Israel are influenced by civil inequality and by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A resolution of the conflict seems a distant hope. In the meantime, laws encourage the delegitimization of Palestinian citizens and widen the gulf between the two groups. We hold the state directly responsible for the policy of discrimination and separation and for the widening mistrust between Jews and Palestinians. In the face of this reality, there are too few organizations that challenge separation and alienation, and too few groups that work together to end the conflict.
As Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel, and as activists, we feel that it is our responsibility to correct the current reality. Our work is based on our sense of belonging to our people, and on the belief that partnership, solidarity and a joint struggle are the only way to secure real change and build a more just and egalitarian society.
Sadaka-Reut was founded in 1983 by a group of Jewish and Palestinian students. Since then, it has been active in various parts of the country. Our activities focus on educating youths to be politically and socially active and on creating a bi-national community of activists for social change.
The mission we have taken upon ourselves is to educate and empower Palestinian and Jewish youth to pursue social political change through bi-national partnership.
Thirty Years of Bi-National Partnership:
Sadaka-Reut is one of the few bi-national organizations that have been active for three decades, despite the political changes and the escalation of the conflict between the two peoples. Our activities over the years have created – and continue to create – an alternative to the status quo. We have nurtured a growing community of Palestinian and Jewish activists who have chosen partnership and are working hard to make partnership a reality. In thirty years of activities, we have worked with thousands of youths and young adults, and established a reputation as an educational organization that specializes in bi-national education, the struggle against racism, and education to social-political activism.
Thousands of Graduates – over the past decade
- Over 5000 youths have participated in our workshops and activities, and underwent a process of awareness raising and behavioral change.
- Over a 100 young adults have successfully completed our exclusive volunteering and leadership program, and are now active in various social-political movements and NGO’s.
- Over a 100 students have participated in dialogue and activism groups on campuses around Israel.
- We have trained over 100 facilitators, whom now use our pedagogical approach as a tool for social change.
Widening Our Circles of Influence
The participants in our programs initiate over 30 campaigns and activities every year. These campaigns reach thousands of people, in the communities and in civil society organizations, whether through direct contacts or via social networks on the internet.
Our knowledge and expertise is highly valued and we are often asked to train and/or provide enrichment for educational staff in schools and associations, working in a bi-national environment. We are always happy to share our extensive experience and widen our circles of influence.
Hundreds of graduates of Sadaka-Reut are active in movements and organizations for social change on an ongoing and permanent basis. Some are employed as salaried staff in various civil society organizations (including Sadaka-Reut itself), while others are active in a purely voluntary capacity, leading or participating in struggles, protests and projects in the communities in which they live. Some of our graduates have even established associations and organizations in response to needs they have identified in their own communities, or as a tool for achieving change.