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  • 4. This report presents a brief summary of theGalilee Society’s most important activities and an acute lack of community infrastructure and limited employment opportunities for women. Inachievements are a cumulative result of the Galilee spite of all of the obstacles to development for the Palestinian community in Israel’s internal andwithin the Palestinian community in Israel. believe that Israeli society as a whole – inclusive of developmental initiatives that are based on The Galilee Society’s work is built around acontributed to an increase in violence as well as various community stakeholders are one of the>4ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 5. “Collaborating helps to establish a dynamic society in support of justice, individuals” all people. Galilee Society is determined to move forward with its development initiativessupport of the victims of the Haiti earthquake. In Israel. Ms. Roseland Daem Mr. Baker Awawdy 5< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 6. [I] Organizational Structure Vision and MissionThe Galilee Society – The Arab National Society sustainable future. The principal aim of the Galilee Society is toservice solutions for the underserved Palestinianup approaches to sustainable developmentcommunities.Keenly aware of the myriad internal and external>6ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 7. The Galilee Society works in two distinctspheres; our General Program is comprisedof four professional departments: the HealthRights Center, Environmental Justice Center,Rikaz Databank Center and the Naqab (Negev)Department. Our Strategic Projects include theInstitute for Applied Research and the MedicinalPlant Center for Research and Education (Al-Maissam). 7< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 8. [II] Palestinians in Israel The Lost Human Security Baker Awawdy General Director1- Introduction due to a lack of equal opportunities and humancountries. The latter have limited the term’s scope development obstacles faced by individuals andfrom the state itself.human security is pivotal in the formation of plansfor future social development. The disproportionate this term down to the various elements of securitydistribution of wealth and national resourcesworldwide is simply another result of economic of the kinds of threats that face individuals and>8ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 9. environmental from analysis to initiative should also make it Communal and Individual Security refersof comprehensive security and the protections structures without alternatives. Political Securityhuman security concerns faced by the Palestinian Cultural Security Economic Security refers to a lack of equal folkloric curiosity whose cultural and artistic activity is viewed as inferior and not worthy of includes the exclusion of Arab towns from investment by the state. Existential Security refers to expulsion Health Security from the country. This has been the lot of Palestinians since 1948 and continues in such and the inequality of services offered to the rich and poor. There also exists a lack of health services in the Arab community and There is no doubt that the concept of human wide spread phenomena such as chain Environmental Security refers to the poor our abuse of natural resources. 9< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 10. 2- Arabs in Israel – Zero Prospects and LessSecuritySince the Nakba of the Palestinian people and until the next demolition? The only help popularthe establishment of Israel on the remains of their committees receive is visits by representatives The same is true in the area of unemployment and poverty. Half of the Arab minority in Israel lives below the poverty line unable to buy basicconsiders its Arab minority an internal threat toshould be heavily monitored. Arabs in Israel have lives of Arabs with many institutions of politicalcultural and political structures of the State and infrastructures for social institutions that couldin Israel have adopted an approach wherebyIsrael as a democracy must not favor one ethnicity>10ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 11. whereby Arabs in Israel are in desperate needof security and political and social stability. The people’s outlook. This approach rests upon the for Israel’s Arabs and an immediate and drasticThe Arab community in Israel needs to feel securesecurity in its widest form. The State’s biasthe basic axis from which all other demands for 11< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 12. 3- Missing Security institutions. Many of the cases of corruption in our local councils are considered a matter forsharp and constant rise in expressions of racism blame the Ministry for the failure and collapse of council corruption. The same is true in education.The amount of discriminatory laws passed in Israel publications show the severe underachievement ofin the past decade shows that racism in Israel is and directors of our educational institutions. Most factions of our society live under such political their situation. The lack of equal opportunities inlittle sense of safety and security they had in all their own lack of developmental vision and reliancetrust in the State and its institutions on the one questions and represents what we believe can and and take a more active role to better our reality.>12ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 13. [III] Spheres of OperationA. Educationapproach to development.numerous topics that are oftenabsent from the mainstream are prominent examples of ourexperiences and tailored to the 2010 educational activities and A.1. Health Education Mainstreaming Drugexperts and follow up with Preventioncurrent trends and approaches Palestinian youth harms the 13< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 14. Reem, a participant in the GS “ in Israel are on the rise and an additional 4000 Arab women contract the disease annually. The The researchers here work in many impossible.“ some of women’s fears and misconceptions HIV/AIDS Awareness Initiative – The Palestinian community in Israel is still quite conservativeseverely from this problem. Various audiencesof local authorities and hundreds of students and prevention is unquestionable. The GS has education in Arab schools with over three years ofmethods of prevention at the individual and efforts include the provision of lectures in schoolscommunal level. The Galilee Society believes thatand more prosperous community and will be implemented around International AIDS Day.closely. cooperation with the Israel AIDS Association with the participation of a hundred counselors andUtilization of “A Door to Life” - The FirstArabic Film to Raise Awareness to BreastCancer>14ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 15. which were disseminated in schools.Patients’ Rights Publications Patients’ Rights Study Day conducted a study day in the Naqab to raiseupdated educational material in Arabic on thematerial was distributed to health institutes and the limited access to healthcare services for Arab placed on those in need of these services and healthcare system. A. 2. Environmental Educationthat suffers structural discrimination and health 15< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 16. and materials to students from all over the country. environment friendly life styles and tools to protectconducted lectures in all of the schools (61 schools Environmental Cleaning Day – in order toProtection. Schools also received composters and the municipality helped clean public spaces andthe coordinators connected the schools’ on the importance of environmental preservation. The GS considers science education pivotal to thepaper and batteries and then either reuse theminternally (i.e. create art from waste to decorateschools were awarded the status and received nd Israel festival in cooperation with the Israeli Ministry>16ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 17. Director of Special Educationof the Institute. The participants were particularly “Our school was founded over tenuse of wastewater for everyday needs. such activities. I thank the Galilee Society for this initiative.”heard an explanation about each laboratory andparticipated in presentations by the Institute’sM.Sc. students and research assistants. It was the a remarkable impact on their academic pursuits. 17< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 18. RIKAZ DATABANK CENTER world experience an interconnected existence levels within the Palestinian population. In this information for an informed and educated An acute lack of reliable information and data about the Palestinian minority in Israel led toB. Researchthe only Arab NGOs in Israel to combine research statistics about the Palestinian minority in Israel. scholarly relationships with other research>18ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 19. it is research that derives from the community and Gender Minority Mainstreaming Research (GMM) –discriminatory mechanisms within the state. of these women take part in Israel’s labor forceB.1. Social ResearchSurvey –depth study conducted every three years aboutthe Palestinian minority in Israel. The 2010 survey women.and culture and public order. Some of the uniquesensitivity of the survey to distinct types of localities statistical areas (North, Haifa, South participated, which constitute 19< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 20. researchers submitted 30 new research proposals to both local and international research funds and werewhich all relevant sources were reviewed and theArab Knesset members and divided into relevant research under the supervision of the Institute’s researchers in collaboration with researchers fromassessment and problem statement. labs under the supervision of its researchers.>20ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 21. THE INSTITUTE OF APPLIED RESEARCHPalestinian students are less inclined to study initiatives and industry. The Institute’s researchprofessional and employment opportunities for needs and is committed to cooperation withinto academics’ employment in universities development and enhancement of economic opportunities for the Arab community. its research activity has been devoted to explore cost effective and sustainable treatmentof the lack of equal opportunities on the onethe other. on antimicrobial properties of medicinal plants hypercholesterolemia and metabolic syndrome in the Palestinian community. 21< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 22. THE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CENTER The Arab Palestinian minority in Israel experiences The Galilee Society views proper environmental into consideration that Palestinians constitute public’s awareness to the importance of as well and promote the attainment of their the needs and realities of our community.Research projects approved for fundingduring 2010 wetlands for municipal wastewater treatment and UV systems for disinfection and reuse of1. Constructed Wetlands and UV Disinfection for Wastewater Treatment and Reuse in Small Communities. 2. Sustainable Treatment of Reject Streams and Emerging Micro- pollutants from Wastewater. , the overall aim of this research to test the feasibility of different>22ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 23. advanced oxidation processes for the treatment for  safe  disposal.3. : Optimization Methodology for Treatment of Agro-industrial Wastes 6. The Use of Natural and Enhancement of Biogas Production at Compounds for Impairing Nematode Egg Anaerobic Digesters. Production as a Means to Combat Worm Infection in Small Ruminants three years and in collaboration with Volcani production and to offer an appropriate treatment identify the polyphenolic compounds from different plant species and their effect on4.   nematodes in animals. Dominant Hypercholesterolemia and Metabolic Syndrome in a Large Inbreeding Arab Family with Prominent Ischemic Heart Medicinal Plants, Medical and Food Disease Microbiology, and Agriculture 1. Examination of Recovery and Use of Polyphenoles from Olive Wastes for Innovative Products. the hypercholesterolemia and the MetS in this for the duration are responsible for hypercholesterolemia and for the MetS traits in the family. in collaboration with the Technical University5. Cultivation of Microalgae in Olive Mill and Anaerobic Digestion production of economical and environmentally Bio-fuel Production safe antioxidants and antimicrobial products with innovative uses. and experience to accelerate the isolation and 2. Medicinal Pants - A 23< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 24. Potential Source for Antimicrobial and Pathogens in Treated Wastewater and Antipathogenic Compounds. by MOST for the duration of three years Effects, Treatment, and Removal for Sustainable Reuse. An infrastructure research funded by MOST for approximately in collaboration with 8 Israeli research focuses of medical importance.3. Pistacia Lentiscus as a Natural Drug against Gastro-Intestinal Worms in Goats. extract multiple phenol compounds from the plant Pistacia Lentiscus and study their curative4. Utilization of Olive Oil Waste Water Ingredients for a Bio-control 2. Endocrine Disrupting Preservation of Food & the Biological Activity of Steroid Hormones and their Control of Storage Diseases using Biodegradation in Treated Domestic and Bioactive Safe Ingredients from Olive Swine Wastewaters. Mill Wastewater research are to determine the fate of synthetic production of economical and environmentallyEnvironmental Microbiology, Engineeringand Biotechnology surface soil contaminated with swine wastes1. Persistent Organic matter, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and>24ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 25. 3. Decentralized Wastewater Intermittent Sand Filter (ISF). Renewable Energy 1. Production of Bio-ethanol from Agricultural Wastes low cost and simple to operate wastewater treatment. The developed system will be tested4. Low-Cost High Surface Area Carbonaceous Materials (HSACM) for production of economical and environmentally sites remediation. 2. Recombinant Yeasts for Effective Ethanol Production from Olive 25< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 26. Mill Solid Wastes. 3. Micro-RNA Gene Target Predictions. research for the duration of 2 years ethanol. , the mainHuman Genetics and Bioinformatics1. : International Meetings Characterization of Obese and Lean Arab Groups from the Galilee. In collaboration for the duration of approximately three years Pistacia lentiscus. biochemical database for families with obesity Conferences th new alterations at the cell level. Sabbah talked about the effect of photocatalytic2. and Support Vector Machines. th a lecture on the evaluation of the hydraulic information with recursive feature elimination>26ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 27. Dr. Isam Sabbah participated in the 38th Israeli lentiscusand adsorption processes on the removal of Khalifa presented his results in a poster entitled Predictions in the 13th th International Symposium ontreatment systems.At the Medicinal Plant Conference held in Pistacia 27< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 28. C. Capacity Buildingefforts are deeply rooted in our stakeholders’need to expand the tools at their disposal thatmay help them better serve their communities. introduced the situation of solid waste in theinvitation to partners of all kinds to partake in The workshop included lectures and site visits and authorities from Israel and their counterparts inlead and shape their realities. Environmental Training for Islamic Leaders - Imams –C.1. Environmental Justice for ImamsProfessionals and Leaders of Local Authorities environmentalism and provide them the tools to– Solid waste is one of the main environmentalissues in the Palestinian community today. Its>28ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 29. Imams Training Quotes: “The things I saw and heard here in the last three impact my behavior both professionally and personally.” Accredited Courses for Teachers –their implementation of tools they acquired anddevelop additional practical tools that my be used participated in 3 courses that totalled 56 hours. This 29< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 30. participants with new tools to teach students andmet with the teachers and learned how to instill should the matter not be resolved immediately. The councils complied and decontaminated theCommunity Organizing, Local ResidentsCommittees – One of the most effective and assist with other internal social matters such within educational institutes. The model’s proven success also prompted the establishment of similarwith select representatives and increases their with a total of over 200 participants who electedPalestinian community.over the councils to halt the diversion of waste to provide the residents with a comprehensiveyears of futile complaints to the authorities by the>30ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 31. owners, managers and employees participated in in expenses on water and electricity and a similar percentage decrease in waste production. an introductory session wherein the parameters ofof their land. The discussion was attended bywas put on hold and the Ministry of Interior – frontal lectures and workshops that provide thewith local residents.Environmental Responsibility of the Arab coordinators continue to accompany the businessPrivate Sector –environmentally responsible. Three types ofbusinesses were selected as pilot – a Super Pharm business to relevant companies that collect their 31< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 32. with the chain owners to present the branch’sowners and employees participated in two and equal opportunities for Palestinian womenadapted to each type of business present in the communal prosperity.C.2. Rikaz Databank Trainings Training Journalists on Gender-sensitiveTraining for Civil Society Budgeting and Economic Media Reportingprovide civil society actors with the capacities toexpose them to principles and terms in social in particular. A special emphasis was placed on>32ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 33. Civil Society Training Quote: “I didn’t expect opportunities for such meetings in the future”. with IDASA staffconnections between economy and media and week course with the South African NGO IDASA concepts and acquire basic skills that will enhance indicators. IDASA has extensive experience in IndividualC.3. Organizational Capacity Building Professional – in November theInitiatives Seminars – the Institutenurture its staff and provide it with the increased about breast cancer th 33< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 34. D. Community ServiceMarch 11thApril 21st responsibility and provide for the community’s immediate needs.May 13th VillagesJune 6th the Mobile Clinic staff attended to approximately The Mobile Clinic is always staffed with a nurse and Khseini. Due to their remote locations and in need will receive adequate services. In places where a permanent clinic was established by the Galilee Society collaborates with other NGOS>34ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 35. Haiti’s children in need.are often reluctant to relocate from the north.The Aid & Relief Committee Ramadanfrom Palestinian schoolchildren to supportearthquake. In a special ceremony held in March local Palestinian communities in Israel. 35< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 36. E. Lobbying and Advocacy the Green Line enables residents to submitGalilee Society considers itself a partner rather thanthe voice of the community and as such maintains to address it. Women’s Health Rights Center conducted a series of lectures about Hussania and Majd al-Krum where over 30 participants received information about National Health Insurance andlocal residents committee or local lawyers who canwe make sure to receive the community’s written Supreme Court Petition Against Restrictions Set on Arab Teachers Arabic exam. Those not tested will be omitted fromE.1. Communal EffortsThe Green Line the exam will see an increase of 15 bonus points>36ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 37. (which improve their chances of THE HEALTH RIGHTS CENTER Palestinians in Israel suffer from inferior health conditions inmonths after the decision was infant mortality rates and the prevalence of chronic diseases.most common profession not have supplemental health insurance. Access to health serviceswith the teachers in the north. health conditions and standards of Palestinians in Israel as welltheir concerns and providethe lawyer with additionalinformation about the testThe staff documented someof the stories and collectedapproval for representation.and formal appeal submitted 37< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 38. Sewage and Waste Water Conferencethe Hebrew and Arabic media and participated and was supported by Arab local authorities fromnot to take it as a measure to improve admissionwith the implementation of the court’s decision.Health in the Arab Community, PressConference – In the framework of the GMM about environmental pollution and its impact water for factories and plants. Also in attendanceat the local level impact women more than men expressed interest to continue the cooperationin cooperation with the Arab National Committeeof Heads of Local Authorities and attended by allthe local Arab media.>38ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 39. E.2. National Campaigns exposure and resulted in the convention of theIsraelpublished a report entitledNarrow the Gaps of Tomorrow, 39< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 40. and advocacy forum wherein each member is industry. This proved to be a unique forum for direct researchers and the State’s decision makers. in Proximity to Arab Residencewater Systems in Arab Localities completed research on the environmental and health effects of stone quarries and published aPalestinians in Israel are not connected to the report serves as a draft for the Galilee Society’s formal complaint to the Ministry of National cancellation of the Israeli Master Plan #14a and the arrival of the ministries’ responses.infrastructures in local authorities in the Naqab quarry located in the outskirts of the city of Shefa>40ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 41. the prevalence of quarries located in vicinity to Arab to participate in the race. Over 50 accepted and in Arabic were handed out to participants in this Advancing Budgetary Changes to Improve the Status of Palestinian WomenThe information was cross referenced with the over the implementation of labor rules anddistance respondents live from the quarries and theData collected thus far attests to the severity of this have no one to turn to with their complaints. The Ministry to implore it to allocate additional fundsquarries cause. positively to the request and invited the staff toThe Susan G. Komen for the Cure Race inJerusalem Susan G. Komen for the Cure has his successor.invited the Galilee Society and other women to Promoting Local Public Health Units 41< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 42. in order to further develop the model and putattests to two complimentary problems. On the technical aspects. E.3. International Advocacy Engagement with the OECD decision and some of the foreseen consequences.the local level. Much like many other conservative with reporters and decision makers. Many otherhealth promotion. the second year as the staff responded to dailyIn order to increase women’s access to healthestablishment of local health units within Arabwherein the GS staff presented the model andthe Ministry commended the staff for its initiative>42ANNUALREPORT ‘10
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  • 44. [IV] Publications1. The Institute of Applied ResearchI. Published articles 1.   4.   2.   5.   Montaner. Increased metallothionein 3.  >44ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 45. 6.   2. Arab and Islamic herbal medicine and7.   2. Other Publications 1. 2. 3.1. 4. 45< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 46. [V] Under DevelopmentThe Galilee Society is proud to share with its remains a committed and active partner in thesupporters some of its future plans for the next coalition and expands its advocacy outreachHealth Rights Center Local Public Health Units in Committee for health matters. Capacity Building for women on health rights Public Health departments within Arab local develop and implement a unique curriculum to empower Palestinian women to become leaders for equality in health within their in Israel. Health Disparities Coalition>46ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 47. Environmental Justice Center DAMA Center builds on the Galilee Society’s topics in environment and sustainability. 47< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 48. scholars and community leaders interested Rikaz Databank Center Sijelat unaddressed. Israel’s establishment in 1948 the community’s environmental conditions. Water Campaign Palestinians were displaced from their homes especially true in the Palestinian community in within Israel’s borders and received Israeli poverty line and water costs have become a severe burden for many families. The new pressure on decision makers to alter the Raising the Frame Israel in terms of their needs and expectations. This action will address the lack of information and other spheres of the lives of internally lack of national and international awareness a component of personal and collective subsequent for economic improvement.>48ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 49. presentations in university departments andGalilee Society will work closely with othercivil society actors to conduct public opinion Institute of Applied Research The Galilee Society’s Institute for Appliedirrespective of external circumstances. The PATENT - Partnership for Advocacy, Technology andelected Palestinian representatives and leaders Entrepreneurship. This Action is intended to foster a sustainable model of economicnovel endeavor offers a unique response tothe persistent and systematic exclusion of the Investment in research and development helps and development. This Action seeks to addressactors and decision makers. Activities may 49< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 50. [VI] Our Supporters of supporters and partners. Without them, our Open Society Institute Misereor Mepi Local Grant Church of Scotland>50ANNUALREPORT ‘10
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  • 52. [VII] Department of Development and Public OutreachRoseland Daeem, Chairperson Naama Blatman, Head of DepartmentJamal Dakduki Martin Telinous,Ali Ghneim, PhD CoordinatorA’bed Masalha *Christine Khoury-Bishara,Wael Omari Development CoordinatorMohammad Abbas *Hanan Yousef,Ryad Shahbarree *Nicole Tellier,Awni ShahedatMajid Haddad Health Center Muhammad Khatib, Head of CenterBaker Awawdy, General Director Mahmoud Abd al Halim,Rima Zayed-Hayek, Administrative Ahmad Khalaili,Coordinator and LibrarianClair Tawafshe, Administrative AssistantSuhier Hanna-Armali, Auditor and Director of Justice Center Alaa Haidar, Head of Center Naim Daoud, Mai Assadi, Liliana Khalil, *Maisa Totry-Fakhoury,>52ANNUALREPORT ‘10
  • 53. Databank Center Dr. Malik YousefAhmad Sheikh Muhammad, Head of Center Dr. Walid KhalifeLeena Abu-Mukh Zoabi, Advocate Dr. Na’im NajamiLiana Fahoum, Public Outreach CoordinatorThe Naqab Department Katie Baransi,Maher Abu Ratyoush, Mobile Clinic Fares Halahleh, Chemistry Rana Jarjoura,Institute of Applied Olfat Massalha,Dr. Jeries Jadoun Esraa Haj,Mrs. Claire Tawafshi Dores Assakleh,Mr. Ghassan Baransi Sameer Sarhan,Mrs. Diana Jabour Anwar Massalha,Dr. Jeries Jadoun, Odelia Levi,Dr. Hassan A’zaize Hiba Abu Taieh,Dr. Issam Sabbah Sagit Erez,Dr. Sobhi Basheer Riham Ineem,Dr. Ahmad Yazbak Alaa Shiban,Dr. Ahmad TafeshDr. Adel Shalaa’ta 53< ANNUAL REPORT ‘10
  • 54. >54ANNUALREPORT ‘10