The Galilee Society The Arab National Society for Health Research and Services (R.S.)Annual Report 2009
Statement from the ManagementThis annual report presents a brief summary of the most important activities and achievements of the Galilee Society duringthe year 2009 in the areas of health, environment, capacity building, development and practice. These programs are the fruitof a continuous and cumulative process, based on a clear vision for internal development within Palestinian society andimproved self-reliance on our built-in capabilities when facing challenges.The work of the Galilee Society has increased and its responsibility has grown in the areas of health, environment anddevelopment this year, in light of the expanding gaps between Arab and Jewish citizens in all fields of life and service, inaddition to the aggravation of ethnic tension between Arab and Jewish societies. There is no doubt that the increase in therate and extent of poverty within Arab society, and concurrent reduction in productivity and economic growth, are disturbingsigns of an absence of effective strategies on behalf of the state and its institutions to deal with these urgent issues, especiallyconcerning the employment of women and academics, and the building of infrastructure for sustainable development.The Galilee Society is keenly aware of the obstacles to development, as well as of its internal and external structural issues.We believe in the essential need for each of the social, economic, educational, cultural, political and civil society stakeholdersof our society to assume responsibility and take matters in hand with developmental initiatives in all fields of life. From thispoint of reference, we consider a vibrant partnership between sectors of society as being of utmost human and strategicvalue in order to strengthen the capabilities of a self-made society living with justice, equality and dignity.In addition to its developmental projects, we have not strayed from our humane obligation to provide aid in times ofemergency; the Galilee Society launched its program to help our people in the Gaza Strip, as well as the children and familiesof patients from the beleaguered coastal region who travel to Israel to receive treatment in Israeli hospitals.On the organizational level, the past year has witnessed many changes: in late June, Mr. Muhammad Khatib concluded hisduties as General Manager of the Galilee Society. He led the Society since mid-2007 performing a complicated task withsincerity and professionalism. Mr. Khatib has returned to his post as head of the Health Rights Center in the Society; in hisstead, Mr. Baker Awawdy was chosen as General Manager of the Society and commenced duties beginning July, 2009.Through intensive monitoring and evaluation of our programs, envisioning future goals, defining mechanisms andestablishing work plans, the Galilee Society has completed the process of strategic planning for the coming years. There hasalso been preparation for a core project in additional areas this next year.We extend our warm thanks to the directors of board, the members and employees of the Galilee Society, our partnersand friends, as well as to our supporting foundations, for their contribution in developing the work of the Society. As wereflect upon the accomplishments of 2009, we reiterate our determination to move forward in the process of development,improvement and building to serve the just causes of our society.Respectfully,Chairman of the Administrative Board General ManagerAbd el-Salam Masalha Baker Awawdy (since July 2009) Mohammad Khatib (until Jun 2009)
The Environmentalّ��� �ﻣﺮﻛﺰ�ﺍﻟﻌﺪﻝ�ﺍﻟﺒﻴJustice Center
The Environmental��Justice CenterObjectives and Work Strategy of the (switch box) and Internet link through whichEnvironmental Justice Center public complaints and inquiries regardingThe Galilee Society considers proper environmental various environmental problems and issuesand health conditions a basic right which must be are received – the first of its kind to serve Arabupheld for all citizens that they may live in a sound, citizens in Israel. The Environmental Greenhealthy, just, and sustainable environment. Line continued to provide services to the publicIn light of the lack of environmental infrastructure during the year 2009; documented casesand the prevalence of environmental hazards (such included the spread of the West Nile Virus, theas solid waste, quarries, polluting factories and Venice Factory, follow up on the I’billin dumpinadequate sewage grids) in proximity to Palestinian and water shortages.Arab residential areas, the Environmental Justice Sanitation: During 2009, the Center continuedCenter was established to create solutions and to address the lack of infrastructure anddefend the environmental rights of the Arab citizens problems of inadequate sewage grids in Arabin Israel. localities. The Center dealt with sanitationThe Center’s philosophy in defending environmental problems by documenting instances of damagerights is based on the principles of social justice and and demanding immediate intervention byhuman rights, which include defending social and officials. For example, complaints were lodgedeconomic rights, as well as the human right to live in by residents of Ozeir and Rummana regardinga safe environment with dignity. free flowing sewage in al-Jarban valley, Majd alThe Environmental Justice Center aims to achieve Krum, Tayibe and elsewhere.equal environmental conditions for Palestinian Following Up on Three Maternal and Childcitizens of Israel by adopting complementary Welfare Centers: In collaboration withstrategies: enhancing public awareness concerning Physicians for Human Rights, the Galilee Societyenvironmental justice; improving environmental documented the closing of three Maternal andeducation and awareness, legal advocacy; and Child Welfare centers in unrecognized villagesresearch, reports and surveys addressing emerging in the Naqab. Documentation included thepriorities and the changing environmental reality. gathering of information and statements from residents of the three villages, and collaborationThe Center’s Activities in 2009 with other associations in addressing the HighLegal Advocacy Court of Justice. The Environmental Green Line is a center
Environmental Education and Awareness Justice Center held a study day entitled The Environmental Justice Center continued “Electromagnetic Radiation and its Impact on to conduct education and awareness activities Health,” which centered on the subject of cell- in various environmental fields targeting phone antennas, their dispersion and impact. different segments of society by holding Several representatives from the Ministry of lectures in schools and other educational the Environment, the Environmental Units, the and cultural frameworks concerning health Federation of Environmental Quality in Cities, and environmental issues such as cell-phone as well as other environmental organizations, antennas and air pollution. participated in the study day. This event was Scholarships: The Environmental Justice Center initiated by the Center in the wake of increasing distributed 17 scholarships of NIS 2,000 to official, public and professional interest Arab students studying environment-related in the risk of exposure to electromagnetic subjects at universities and institutions of radiation, increasing use of cell phones and higher education. These scholarships were construction of various types of transmission issued as part of an educational and cultural stations, and the posited correlation between project in the Arab schools with the aim of electromagnetic radiation and increasing raising environmental awareness within Arab incidences of cancer and other diseases. society. As part of this program, students receiving a scholarship commit to voluntarily Reports and Surveys work in Arab institutions active in fields related • Sanitation Report in Arab Villages 2009: A report to their area of study. was conducted about sanitation problems in A Supplementary Course on the Subject of Arab villages in 2009. The report, prepared Environmental Reinforcement and Education by attorney Ala Haidar and researcher Nedal for School Teachers: The Environmental Masalha, presented critical information, data Justice Center initiated action to organize and updates on sanitation problems in Arab a supplementary course on the subject of villages, compounded by inadequate waste environmental reinforcement and education management and underdeveloped internal for school teachers, with the aims of water and sanitation grids. The report includes deepening educators’ knowledge in the field recommendations for decision makers and of environment and empowering them to other stakeholders such as the Water Authority, become active through the framework of water and sanitation companies, and the heads their institutions. The course also aims to of local authorities, stresses the need to raise embed environmental principles and raise public awareness concerning associated risks, environmental and health awareness in light of and advocates increased budget allocations to the changing local environment. develop the grids. A Study Day on Electromagnetic Radiation • The Quarries Report: A new report was written and its Impact on Health: The Environmental regarding stone quarries, which follows the
report of 2006. It addressed the planning solid waste.and health aspects of the quarries issue, and • Through this project, the Galilee Societyconcluded with significant data, such as: seeks to enhance the capabilities of local At the state level, 54% of people living in authorities to decrease the negative impacts proximity to quarries are Arab citizens, of solid waste by developing their working though the percentage of Arabs in Israel methods and mainstreaming the general vision does not exceed 20%. and objectives of the Galilee Society toward In the northern district, 74% of people achieving a safe and healthy environment. living next to quarries are Arab citizens, Among these objectives are decreasing waste (though only 52% of the northern district amounts; reuse and recycling; supervising citizens are Arabs). improved handling of waste; and raising public It is no surprise or coincidence that there is awareness. not a single representative of Arab citizens • The determined period of implementation for on all committees concerning the issue this project is two years, to be concluded by the of planning, forming and implementing end of December 2011. policies regarding the quarries. Arab residents face nearly double the environmental and health risks associated with quarries, which explicitly threaten the lives of these citizens. At the end of the report, recommendations and advice were addressed to decision makers and stakeholders, including the ministries dealing with the issue of quarries.o Reinforcing the Capabilities of the Local Authorities towards Environmental Development “Green Cities” – CIUDAD: At the end of 2009, a major project entitled “Reinforcing the Capabilities of the Local Authorities towards Environmental Development – Green Cities” was approved. This project aims to develop the capabilities of local and regional authorities in six Arab cities in Israel and Palestine concerning issues dealing with
The Health Rights CenterVision and Objectives: The Center’s Activities in 2009:The Health Rights Center of the Galilee Society In 2009, the Health Rights Center continued its is a professional and pioneering regional activities within specific projects, in addition to initiative that takes a rights-based general activities categorized under updated health approach to health, holistically priorities. advocating the physiological, Society Without AIDS Program psychological and social The center continued this program for the fifth year elements of health as a and incorporated new work strategies. As part of fundamental human the health education activities, the following was right. achieved: The Health Rights • Lectures and workshops were held in eight Center aims to schools; improve health • A new brochure was issued containing conditions for the information and instructions on means of Palestinian minority disease prevention addressed to all segments in Israel and achieve of society – especially youth and adolescents; equality in health • The Center’s staff participated in media- service provision by: oriented awareness-raising activities including • Improving health broadcast interviews and publishing articles; awareness among Arab citizens, • Strategies were developed in order to reach a individually and collectively; wider group of beneficiaries. The Center began • Enhancing their knowledge and to work with eight associations and institutions awareness regarding health rights and methods within Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank, for actualizing them; in order to activate these frameworks in the• Defending the health rights of Arab citizens; prevention of AIDS;• Providing sound data about the health of Arab • A survey was conducted regarding the needs of citizens as a scientific basis for improving health these institutions and associations in terms of conditions. the level of common knowledge, positions and beliefs, in addition to surveying organizational
needs to develop an expanded joint work General Activities program. Swine Flu: • A scientific symposium was hosted on theBreast Cancer Program subject of swine flu by Dr. William Nseir (HeadThe first half of 2009 witnessed the last stage of the of the Department of Internal Medicine in theBreast Cancer Program, which aimed to increase Holy Family Hospital). A group of teachersthe knowledge of Arab women and their families and educators from the city of Shefa-A’mrconcerning Breast Cancer, including screening for participated in this symposium, along withearly diagnosis and treatment of the disease. In this other professionals and staff of theframework, the following took place: Galilee Society;• A group of lectures were held, addressed to • In collaboration with the groups of adult women and female high school Regional Union of Arab students about the disease, its diagnosis and Parents, a leaflet treatment; was issued to the• In collaboration with the Cancer Society, student public on arrangements were made to produce an the subject of instructional film about mammography swine flu. screening. The film was prepared specifically for Arab women, meeting the cultural and West Nile Virus: social criteria of Arab society. Following the confirmation of WestHealth Rights and Patients’ Rights Program Nile Virus infection inThe Center continued its work on raising awareness Nazareth, the Center’swith respect to health rights and how to actualize manager participatedthem. In this framework, the Center’s staff did the in a televised interviewfollowing: about the disease and how it• Facilitated lectures concerning the Health can be prevented. A complaint was Insurance Law and its conclusions, in addition also submitted against local authorities for their to supplementary and private insurance; failure to address the accumulation of wastewater• Trained female volunteers in education about within their jurisdictions, a key contributor to the legal rights as part of a training course held proliferation of the disease. in collaboration with the Patients’ Rights Association in Israel.
Chronic Diseases (Diabetes, Heart and CardiovascularDiseases, and others):Preparations were completed for a policy documentpresenting current gaps between segments of societyregarding specific chronic diseases. This documentincludes work strategies and bases for interventionprograms advocated by the Galilee Society and itspartners for implementation by the government, theMinistry of Health and health foundations. This projectis a collaboration of the Galilee Society, Adva Center, theAssociation of Civil Rights in Israel, Physicians for HumanRights and the Tene Briut Association.Young Physicians Program:In collaboration with the Young Physicians Organization,the Galilee Society participated in the Young Physiciansprogram, an initiative through which junior high schoolstudents of Majd al Krum were trained in medical andhealth subjects. More than 40 students participated in thefirst two courses, which featured workshops concerningpreliminary medical tests such as blood pressure, pulse,breathing, and physiological evaluation. The programalso included sessions on healthy growth, balancednutrition, outdoors activities and sport. Students appliedwhat they learned by conducting a “real” surgery utilizingpigs’ hearts. The courses ended with a comprehensiveeducational tour of the Holy Family Hospital in Nazareth.Escorted by the professional staff, students and theirparents visited the various units and gleaned insightinto the daily operations of the Emergency Room,Laboratories, Radiology Department, CardiovascularUnit, Maternity and Delivery, and the Intensive Care Unitfor Preterm Infants. The Galilee Society plans to carryon with this program with additional junior high schoolgroups in 2010.
Rikaz Databank CenterVision and Objectives the Regional Committee of the Heads of LocalRikaz has built a comprehensive database of Authorities, in addition to representatives of several strategic importance with an aim to provide a non-governmental organizations. The conference critical lens through which the experiences was widely covered by local and international of Palestinian society can be observed, media. our needs understood and potential Among the most notable results of the survey were envisioned. By analyzing the realities of the following: our community and presenting actionable 1. The Palestinian community is young with an data to decision makers, planners and average age of just 19 years; stakeholders in both the public and private 2. 58.3% of Palestinian households in Israel will sectors, Rikaz aspires to be a sustainable be in need of at least one additional housing and central catalyst of economic and social unit within the next ten years; progress for the Palestinian community in Israel. 3. Among the Arab population, the participation rate in the workforce is 43% – compared toRikaz Projects in 2009 58.5% amongst Jews. Only 18.9% of ArabConference: “Palestinians in Israel – Reality in women (15 years and above) participate in Numbers” the workforce – compared to 56% among Rikaz Databank hosted a conference Jewish women; with the participation of the Regional 4. About 32.5% of Arab households depend Committee of the Heads of Local on state welfare allocations (children’s Authorities entitled, “Palestinians allowances, old age, pension, unemployment, in Israel – Reality in Numbers,” mental disability, and income supplement) as in which the results of the a primary source of income; second Socio-economic Survey 5. The rate of holders of a B.A. degree is about were presented. The conference 7.5% (8.6% among males, and about 6.3% was attended by a large group among females); concerned with the reality of the 6. The average monthly gross income for Palestinian minority in Israel, among the Palestinian household in Israel is NIS whom were representatives of various 6878, whereas the average amongst Jewish Arab political parties, the High Follow- households reached NIS 13245 in 2006. In Up Committee of Arab Citizens of Israel and 2006, the monthly average of expenses for
the Palestinian household in Israel reached were formed, each of which is responsible for NIS 7450, whereas the monthly average of directing staff according to various fields of expense for the Jewish household reached specialization. about NIS 11494; 2. A comprehensive budget analysis7. 68% of elderly Palestinians – both male and was conducted, focusing on the female – suffer from chronic diseases. axis of gender and nationality – and the impact of these factorsProject: Gender- and Minority- Mainstreaming on Palestinian women in Israel –of the Israeli National Budget in parallel with a comparison ofFollowing revelations in the Rikaz surveys of vast indicators from the Socio-economicdifferences in economic and social indicators Survey conducted in 2007. The studyrelating to women, Rikaz initiated a qualitative leap concluded that employment, educationforward in its aim to study and evaluate proposed and health are the most significant factorsgovernmental economic and social policies through affecting levels of poverty. By cross examiningan analytical prism of gender. The project seeks interrelated data, the researchers concludedto elucidate governmental social and economic that strategic increases in budget allocationspolicies by analyzing ambiguous figures within the could be key to catalyzing development forgeneral governmental budget – thereby clarifying the Palestinian minority in Israel and help thisthem – in order to widen the range of civil society community overcome the barrier of poverty.participation in the allocation of public resources. Among the findings:Ultimately, this three-year intervention is designed • When an Arab woman is employed, theto build a budget that meets the requirements of chance of the household to overcomethe various minority and gender groups in Israel the cycle of poverty increases by 20%;in an attempt to combat rampant poverty in the • Poor health conditions impede ArabPalestinian community in Israel. male participation in the labor marketThe Project is managed by Rikaz in collaboration by 31%, and Arab femalewith Mada al-Carmel – the Arab Center for Applied participation by 14% - Participation of different Ethnic groups, Age andSocial Research, and I’lam – The Media Center for compared to 12% for Gender in the labor market in Israel 2008Arab Palestinians in Israel. Jewish men and 10% for Jewish women;Work Strategies: • Academic study by1. A steering committee was formed to guide the head of the family project development and implementation. improves the chance This committee consists of Members of the for Arab households to Knesset, employees of the public sector, and overcome the cycle of members of various civil society organizations. poverty by 14%. Moreover, other specialized sub-committees 1. A model was built to
analyze the budget through a prism of local and international media. At the end of gender and nationality, which contributes the conference, there was an announcement to understanding these dimensions of about the initiation of a project to form a the governmental budget. There is great specialized economic sub-committee to significance in ensuring contributions of the guide the High Follow-Up Committee of budget to fighting poverty among the Arab Arab Citizens of Israel on economic issues minority, and among women in particular. concerning the Arab sector.2. Implementers conferred with decision makers 5. Dr. Mahmoud Khatib, the lead analyst and legislators, including Arab Members researching the budget in the field of health, of Knesset, some of whom participated was invited to join the forum of economic in the project’s steering committee. Such researchers in the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, communication facilitates networking with which is responsible for exploring issues decision makers, and facilitates understanding of “health differences within and amongst of budgetary shortcomings. the various racial groups and between the 3. It is clear that influencing two sexes in Israel.” This forum will provide policy makers requires strategic theoretical and practical mechanisms to deal media support to crystallize with the issue of health and its impact on public opinion in such cases. In ethnic and gender groups – an added value of collaboration with I’lam, work the project. has begun to train 15 Palestinian (male and female) journalists to A Study Day about Training and Employing understand the economic situation, Arab Women analyze the budget from national In collaboration with al-Zahra Association for and gender perspectives and effectively the Advancement of the Status of Women, Rikaz communicate its various dimensions to the organized a study day in the city of Sakhnin entitled, Palestinian Arab community. “The Possibilities of Training and Employing4. A press conference entitled “Poverty in the Arab Women in the Arab Community.” The Arab Community in Light of Israeli Attempts to study day took place in the building of the Towns Join the OECD” was held. The press conference Association of Environmental Quality in Sakhnin, dealt with data derived from the 2007 Rikaz with wide participation from representatives of Socio-economic Survey. It also dealt with the active women’s associations, as well as heads of prospect of Israel joining the Organization for local authorities in Sakhnin, Arraba, Deir Hanna, Economic Co-operation and Development and Kaukab Abu al-Heija. During this day, (OECD). The conference was attended by sobering information was presented about limited Members of Knesset, representatives of civil employment and poor integration into the labor society organizations, and journalists from market of Arab women in comparison with their Jewish counterparts.
The Naqab DepartmentVision and Objectives Participants discussed the importance of theThe Naqab Department of the Galilee Society struggle for health rights, including the rightsworks to improve the general health conditions of patients, regardless of affiliation or socio-of the Arab citizens in the Naqab region (Negev), economic status. In addition, participants spokeand empower individuals to affect their own of the importance of public awareness of the law,development by leveraging partnerships with local its problems and details, as well as the importanceArab organizations in this field. of ensuring its implementation by the Ministry of Health. A discussion circle was held, in whichActivities in 2009: a group of professionals analyzed the problemsThe Mobile Clinic Program: of implementing the law in the Naqab region,The Mobile Clinic of the Galilee Society continued as well as the role of professionals in providingto provide services for the remote villages of the needed information related to health rights and theNaqab, especially the unrecognized villages. Since development of public knowledge in this regard.1992, the mobile clinic has provided basic healthand prevention services for thousands of Arab Follow Up on the Closure of Three Maternalresidents in the Naqab – services governmental and Child Care Centers:institutions have neglected to provide. In collaboration with Physicians for Human Rights, the Naqab Department documentedThroughout 2009, the mobile clinic worked the closure of three Maternal and Child Carethree days a week. centers in the unrecognized villages of the Naqab.Study Day: Patients’ Rights Law: Documentation included statements from theThe Health Rights Center in the Galilee Society, in residents of the three villages and will be utilized incollaboration with the Patients’ Rights Association the preparation of an appeal to the Supreme Courtin Israel, facilitated a study day about the Patients’ of Justice against the closures, which violate a courtRights law and its implementation in therapeutic ruling issued in 1999.and public health frameworks. The study day washeld in the Beer Sheva Private College and wasattended by academic physicians, representativesfrom the Ministry of Health, the Soroka MedicalCenter, and Social Services.
The Institute of Applied Research���ﻣﻌهﺪ�ﺍﻷﺑﺤﺎﺙ�ﺍﻟﺘﻄﺒﻴﻘﻴﺔ
The Institute of Applied Research�Background and Objectives in the fields of Biotechnology, Health, EnvironmentalThe Institute of Applied Research, a scientific- biotechnology & Engineering, Agriculture, Medicinalstrategic project of the Galilee Society, was founded Herbs, Renewable Energy, Human Geneticin July 1995 and is the first such center in the Disorders, Bioinformatics, and Food preservation.Palestinian Arab community. It is acknowledged Since its inception, the Institute has maintained highby the ministry of science and technology and is levels of achievement and excellence. academically affiliated with the University of Haifa. The institute aspires to During 2009 the institute moved to its new facilities become a mega research and and now has over 600 square meters of laboratories development institute with a and offices, and is adequately equipped to carry out leading scientific team, and implement a variety of experimental and analytical aims at providing Arab techniques. students with access to scientific educational The institute`s activities in 2009 experiences; In the course of 2009, parallel to its 8 on-going developing existing research projects in the various fields, the Institute’s fields of research researchers submitted 16 new research proposals through receipt of to both local and international research funds regionally oriented and were awarded three grants by the Ministry of grant opportunities Science and Technology (MOST). The Institute also and; encouraging Arab won its second prestigious Levi Eshkol award this investment in industry, year and had over 16 publications in peer-reviewed technology and science journals and books and 13 presentations in local through leveraging of its scientific and international conferences and/or workshops. 4 innovation and expertise of its M.Sc students are currently conducting their thesis scientists. Thus, it focuses on the development research under the supervision of the Institute’sand enhancement of economic opportunities researchers in collaboration with researchers fromfor the Arab community. The Institute`s research the Technion and the University of Haifa. Duringhighly considers the Arab community needs and is 2009 13 graduate students from various collagesundertaken in cooperation with local, regional and carries out their graduation projects in the Institute’sinternational research organizations and universities labs under the supervision of its researchers.
individuals from these families, by examiningResearch projects approved for funding during the MO-1 gene sequence alterations including2009 mutations and SNPs and to characterize the1. Title of Project: Utilization of olive oil metabolic and biochemical significance of the waste water ingredients for a biocontrol MO-1 gene’s new alterations at the cell level. preservation of food & The Biological control of storage diseases using bioactive safe ingredients from Olive mill wastewater. On-going Research Funded for three year starting August 2009, Medicinal plants, medical and food the ultimate goal of the project is to utilize the microbiology and agriculture OMW produced in the Mediterranean region during olive oil extraction for the production 1. Title of Project: Development of a novel of economical and environmentally safe Anti Acne product, using Arab antifungal & antibacterial products for food traditional medicinal plant. preservation. Funded by MOST for the duration of three years2. Title of Project: Recombinant Yeasts for (1/12/2006-30/11/09) Eﬀective Ethanol Production from Olive in collaboration with Mill Solid Wastes. In the field of renewable the Hebrew University, energy. Funded for a year starting October this research aims at 2009 through a “Levi Eshkol” grant, the goal of substantiating novel this research is to develop a molecular method anti-acne preparations for obtaining recombinant yeast, which and their combinations ferments lignocellulose raw materials from in topical application. Olive Mill Solid Wastes to ethanol. 2. Title of Project:3. Title of the project: MO-1, Novel Obesity Examination of Recovery Gene: Genotype and Phenotype and Use of Polyphenoles Characterization of Obese and Lean Arab from Olive Wastes for Innovative Groups from the Galilee. In collaboration Products. Funded by the German with Bni-zyon medical center. In the field of Federal Ministry of Education and the Research human genetic disorders and bioinformatics. MOST (BMBF-MOST) cofund for the duration Funded for the duration of approximately of three years (1/7/2007 – 30/6/2010) and three years starting September 2009, this in collaboration with the Technical University project aims at building a comprehensive of Munich, this project utilizes the olive mill clinical and biochemical database for families wastes (OMW) produced in the Mediterranean with obesity and leanness from Sakhnin region during olive oil extraction for the city, to further analyze the MO-1 gene in the production of economical and environmentally
safe antioxidants and antimicrobial products sustainable reuse. An infrastructure research with innovative uses. funded by MOST for approximately three years time (1/10/2007 - 30/9/2010) in3. Title of Project: Medicinal plants- a potential collaboration with 8 Israeli research institutes source for antimicrobial and antipathogenic and universities, this project focuses on the compounds. Funded by MOST for the duration removal from sewage influent --via advanced of three years (1/7/2008 -31/6/2011), the membrane technologies-- of selected main objective of this study is to investigate the anthropogenic persistent organic pollutants antimicrobial and antipathogenic properties of (POPs), endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), medicinal plants, as well as their antimicrobial nonionic surfactants, alkylphenol etoxylates potential against several important (APEOs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons pathogenic bacteria of medical (PAHs), selected anthropogenic hormones, importance. pharmaceuticals and pathogens. In this 4. Title of Project: context, the general objective of this research Pistacia lentiscus as is to facilitate the sustainable, health-safe reuse Natural Drug against of treated sewage eﬄuents. Gastro-Intestinal 2. Title of Project: Endocrine disrupting Worms in goats. activity of steroid hormones and their Funded by MOST for biodegradation in treated domestic and the duration of three swine wastewaters. Funded by MOST for years (1/12/2007 three years (1/11/2007 -30/11/2010) in – 30/11/2010), in collaboration with Uranim College and the collaboration with the University of Haifa, the main objectives of this Volcanic Center, this research are to determine the fate of synthetic research aims to extract steroid growth promoters in domestic and multiple phenol compounds agriculture eﬄuents in sewage treatment from the plant Pistacia lentiscus plants in Israel, and to identify the microbial and study their curative effects population present in different sources of against intestinal worms in goats. sludge and/or surface soil contaminatedEnvironmental microbiology, environmental with swine wastes responsible for theirengineering and environmental biotechnology biodegradation process.1. Title of Project: Persistent organic matter, 3. Title of Project: Decentralized Wastewater endocrine disrupting chemicals and Treatment in Arid Regions: Up ﬂow pathogens in treated wastewater and Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) and soils: Identiﬁcation, monitoring, transport, Intermittent Sand Filter (ISF). Funded by eﬀects, treatment, and removal for BMBF for three years (1/4/2007-30/3/2010)
in collaboration with 6 foreign research in collaboration with Al-Qasemi Academic institutes and universities, the main goal of College, the University of Haifa, and the this research is to develop, test and optimize Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, the main goal of the combination of UASB with Intermittent the project is to develop an algorithm which Sand Filter as a low cost and simple to operate integrates network information with recursive wastewater treatment. The developed system feature elimination based on support vector will be tested for a high quality of eﬄuent for machines (SVM) for discovery of biological safe reuse. biomarker.4. Title of Project:� Low-Cost High Surface Area 2. Title of Project: MicroRNA Gene Target Carbonaceous Materials (HSACM) for Predictions. A “Levi Eshkol” Environmental Application: Contaminated supported research for the sites remediation. Funded by MOST for three duration of 2 years (October years (1/7/2008-30/6/ 2011), the overall goal 2008- September 2010). of this project is to develop a new treatment The main goal of this technology that incorporates low cost charred research is to develop Jift as a high-surface-area carbonaceous a computational material (HSACM) into contaminated soil as an algorithm in order immobilizing agent for toxic chemicals. to predict the target for the miRNA.Renewable EnergyTitle of Project: Production of Bioethanol from Seminars and GuestAgricultural Wastes. Funded by MOST for the Lectureduration of three years (1/12/2007 – 30/11/2010), The Institute holdsin collaboration with the Technion this project, the regular seminarultimate goal of the current project is to utilize lectures as an integralthe olive mill solid wastes (OMSW) produced part of its scientiﬁc activity.in the Mediterranean region during the olive oil During 2009 the Instituteextraction for the production of economical and hosted the following seminars:environmentally safe bioethanol. January 22nd – Mrs. Nour Abu Ahmad from the Clinical dietitian at Nazareth HospitalBioinformatics presented a lecture entitled, “L- carnitine1. Title of Project: Classiﬁcation and biomarker supplementation in chronic renal failure. Does identiﬁcation using gene network modules the evidence justify its use?” and support vector machines. Funded March 12th – Dr. Zaid Afawi of Soroka Medical by MOST for three years (9/2008-6/2010) Center in Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion University
Medical School lectured on “Clinical and constructed wetland for enteric pathogens Genetic Aspects of Progressive Mycoclonic and protozoan parasites from treated Familial Epilepsy”, discussing the medical and wastewater used in irrigation. In another cost genetic causes of epilepsy. meeting held on October 2009 at Ascona, Switzerland he presented Biomethylation and April 2nd – Mr. Zohar Yakhini of the Department Biotransformation of Selenium by Rhizosphere of Computer Science at the Technion gave Microorganisms. a lecture entitled, “Integrating Genomes Using Microarray Principles and Flexible Conferences Applications”. Within the Integrated vision of urban and agro- April 12th – Sirg industrial wastewater treatment, monitoring Jan Landu of the Volcani and reclamation conference held in Terni, Italy, Center led a seminar on on 2nd -3rd of July 2009, Dr. Isam Sabbah Self-Medication in Free- presented a paper entitled, “Agro-industrial Range Herbivores. Dr. Wastewater = Good” Biogas Potential, Why?, Landu discussed the and on Synergetic effect of photocatalytic potential benefits from degradation and adsorption processes on the studying these animals removal of phenolic compounds from agro- further in light of their industrial eﬄuent. unique ability to self- Dr. Sabah presented the results of his team in medicate from the the 6th Israeli Water Association conference plants they consume. held on 25th of March, 2009, at Kfar Hamkbia talking about the development of biomass April 30th – Dr. Adel adaptation for the treatment of strong Shalata from the Simon wastewater (Agro-industrial)-Olive Mill Waste Winter Institute for Human (OMW) as a model. In the same conference, Genetics, Bnai-Zion Medical Center, Nidal Massalha, an environmental engineer gave a lecture on ”Genetic Diseases in the working with Dr. Sabah, talked about combined Arab Community, Disease Gene Mapping and Chemically Enhanced Primary Treatment CEPT Cloning”. with Intermittent Bio-Filter for WWT in Rural Areas.International meetings In the Xenowac-2009 conference held on 10-13th of March, 2009 at Pathos, Cyprus, During the cost action meeting held on April Dr. Sabbah, presented a lecture on Modeling 2009 at Szeged, Hungary, Dr. Hassan Azaizeh the Effect of Aging on Naphthalene and gave a presentation on removal capacity of Phenanthrene Desorption Rates from
Environmental Solids, as well as a poster on monitoring, transport, effects, treatment, and Synergetic effect of photocatalytic degradation removal for sustainable reuse. The workshop and adsorption processes on the removal of included 4 different sessions during which phenolic compounds from agro-industrial researchers from the nine related research eﬄuent. groups presented their latest results. Dr. Within the 10th Bar-Ilan Symposium on the Hassan Azaizeh, who was the chair of one of Foundations of Artificial Intelligence (BISFAI, the sessions, gave a lecture on “The potential of 2009) Dr. Malik Yousef gave presentations on constructed wetlands in the removal of enteric “One-Class or Two-Class Machine Learning for pathogens and protozoan parasites”. In the MicroRNA Target Prediction” and “Recursive same event Dr. Jeries Jadoun gave a gene Networks Elimination (RNE) For Feature lecture on “Assessment of the Selection and Classification from Gene microbial removal efficiency Expression data”. of different wastewater Dr. Waleed Khalifa working with Dr. Malik treatment technologies Yousef presented an abstract on “MicroRNA via standard Target Predictions Based Exclusively on Positive and advanced Examples” at the Israeli Bioinformatics annual enumeration Symposium (2009). methods”. During the 4th International Symposium on Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, held in Dr. Isam Sabbah Turkey on 2009, Dr. Malik Yousef, talked about and Engineer One-Class Machine Learning for MicroRNA Katie Baransi Target Detection. attended the third workshop withinWorkshops the framework of the Dead-Sea Project funded During a workshop that was held in the by the BMBF foundation. Volcanic Institute in December 2009, Dr. The two presented the latest Hassan Azaizeh presented a paper entitled, outcomes of an ongoing research “Pistacia lentiscus crude extracts inhibit entitled, “Decentralized wastewater treatment molting of gastrointestinal worms in goats”. in arid regions: Up flow anaerobic sludge On October 7th a workshop was held at the blanket (UASB) and intermittent sand filter Technion to discuss the results of the United (ISF)”. Researcher form Germany, the Technion, National Infrastructure Research Project Jordan and Palestine also attended this (UNRIP): Persistent organic matter, endocrine meeting that was sponsored by the Helmholtz disrupting chemicals and pathogens in treated Association. wastewater and soils and their identification,
Educational activities and were accompanied by a guided tour in the As part of the first national scientific festival labs during which the visitors witnessed some held on October 5th, the Institute invited the of the Institute’s research methods. public and high schools students to participate in a seminar entitled, “Agricultural waste as Publications in peer-reviewed journals/Books a source for antimicrobial compounds and renewable energy.” 1. Bal Ram Singh, Satish K. Gupta, Hassan Azaizeh, Stefan Shilev, Damien Sudre, Won In cooperation with MOST, the Shefa-Amr Yong Song, Enrico Martinoia, and Michel municipality’s Department of Education Mench. 2009. Safety of food crops on land and principles from high schools contaminated with trace elements. Journal in the city, the Institute held a of the Science of Food and Agriculture seminar in the Galilee Society (submitted). and invited the public to 2. Hassan Azaizeh, Paula Castro, Petra Kidd. discuss the potential 2009. Microbial biodegradation of organic reuse of polluting xenobiotic pollutants. Chapter in: Organic agriculture waste as Xenobiotics and Plants: from Mode of Action an efficient, available to Ecophysiology. Authors Peter Schroeder, and sustainable and Christopher D. Collins. (Submitted). source for renewable energy, as well as 3. Siqing Liu, Yebo Li, Hassan Azaizeh, Fengjie for the production Cui, Ahmad Tafesh and Kenneth M. Bischoff1 of antimicrobial 2009. Production of value-added products compounds. The seminar by lactic acid bacteria. (Submitted). was attended by over 50 4. Hassan Azaizeh, Paula Castro, Petra Kidd. students who emphasize The potential for growing food crops in soil in their studies topics such as contaminated with organic pollutants: Root biology, chemistry and environment, exudates and Rhizosphere effect on the and consisted of four lectures in the biotransformation and biodegradation of following topics: Agricultural waste as a organic pollutants. (Under review). source for biogas, solid olive mill waste as a potential source for bioethanol, utilization 5. Hassan Azaizeh. 2009. Effects of nutrients on of enzymes for generating biodiesel, olive physiological and biochemical of secondary mill wastewater as a source for antimicrobial metabolites of medicinal herbs. Chapter in a and antioxidant compounds. The lectures book. (Under review). were given by the Institute’s researchers and 6. Said O, Saad B, Fulder S, Amin R, Kassis E , and research assistants, as well as by M.Sc students Khalil K. Hypolipidemic activity of extracts
from Eriobotrya japonica and Olea europaea, and their Extracts: Cancer Treatment and traditionally used in the Greco-Arab medicine Prevention, Ed. Watson and Preedy, Taylo in maintaining healthy fat levels in the blood. &Francis Group (In print). The Open Complementary Medicine Journal, 12. Khatib A., Aqra F., Yagi N., Basheer S., 2009, 1, 00-00 1. Sabbah I., Al-Hayek B., and Musa M., (2009);7. Said O, Fulder S, Khalil K, Kassis E, and Saad Environmental pollution resulting from olive B, (2009) Efficacy and safety assessments of oil production in Palestine, South. Braz. J. Ferula assa-foetida L., traditionally used in Chem., Vol. 17, 17 Greco-Arab herbal medicine for enhancing 13. Krasnits E., Friedler E., Sabbah male fertility, libido and erectile function. I., Beliavski M., Tarre S., The Open Complementary Medicine Journal, and Green M, (2009); 2009, 1, 00-00 1. Spatial distribution of8. Said O, Khalil K, Fulder S, Marie Y, Kassis microbial population E, and Saad B, (2009) A double blinded- in a well established randomized clinical study with “Weighlevel”, constructed a combination of four medicinal plants used in wetland treating traditional Greco-Arab and Islamic medicine municipal The Open Complementary Medicine Journal, wastewater, J. (In print). Ecological Eng., 35, 1085-1089.9. Bashar Saad, Rola JadAllah, Harbi Daraghmeh, and Omar Said (2009) Medicines and 14. Khatib A., Aqra Method of Therapy in the Arab and Islamic F., Yagi N., Subuh Medicine International Journal, Bioscience Y., Hayeek B., Biotechnology Research Communications, Musa M., Basheer S., (In print). and Sabbah I., (2009). Reducing the environmental10. Saad B and Said O., (2009) Chapter 5: impact of olive mill wastewater, Tradition and Prospective of Greco-Arab and Amer. J. Environ. Sci., 5, 1, 1-6. Islamic Herbal Medicine in Herbal Remedies: Toxicity and Effects on Clinical Laboratory 15. Massalha N., Shaviv A. and Sabbah I.; Test Results” edited by Amitava Dasgupta and Modeling the Effect of Immobilization of Catherine Hammett-Stabler. Wiley-Blackwell Bacteria on the Rate of Biodegradation of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. phenol under inhibitory conditions, (under review).11. Said O, Zaid H., and Saad B., (2009) Greco- Arab and Islamic herbal medicine and cancer 16. Borisover M., Sas A., Sabbah I., and Lavie G., treatment/prevention. In: Foods, Herbs, (2009). Characterization of eﬄuent DOM
using fluorescence spectroscopy. Water and Cells Can Distinguish Patients with Non- Irrigation: 506:26-32. (Hebrew). Small-Cell Lung Cancer from Patients with Non-Malignant Lung Disease. Cancer17. Malik Yousef, Naim Najami and Walid Research, 2009. Khaliefa ,A Comparison Study Between One-Class and Two-Class Machine Learning 20. Malik Yousef, Mohamed Ketany, Larry for MicroRNA Target Detection ,Journal of Manevitz , Louise C Showe, Michael K. Showe, Biomedical Science and Engineering (2009). Classification and biomarker identification using gene network modules and support 18. Malavika S. Giri, Michael vector machines. BMC Bioinformatics 2009, Nebozyhn, Andrea Raymond , 10:337. Bethsebah Gekonge, Aidan Hancock, Shenoa Creer, 21. Malik Yousef, Louise C Showe and Michael K Calen Nicols, Malik Yousef, Showe, A study of microRNAs in silico and in Andrea S. Foulkes, Karam vivo: Bioinformatics approaches to microRNA Mounzer, Jane Shull, Discovery and Target Identification, FEBS J. Guido Silvestri, Jay 2009 Apr; 276(8):2150-6. Kostman, Ronald 22. Malik Yousef and Waleed Khalifa, MiRNAs: a G. Collman, Louise review of bioinformatics approaches. Biotech Showe and Luis J. International, July 2009. Montaner ,Circulating Monocytes in HIV- 1-Infected Viremic Subjects Exhibit an Antiapoptosis Gene Signature and Virus- and Host-Mediated Apoptosis Resistance. The Journal of Immunology, 2009, 182, 4459 -4470.19. Michael Showe, Anil Vachani, Andrew Kossenkov, Malik Yousef, Calen Nichols, Elena Nikonova, Celia Chang, John Kucharczuk, Bao Tran, Elliot Wakeam, Ting- An Yie, David Speicher, William Rom, Steven Albelda, Louise Showe, Gene Expression Profiles in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear
ﻣﺮﻛﺰ�ﺍﳌ�ﺴﻢAl-Maissam Medicinal� Plant Center for Research�ﻟﻠﻨﺒﺎﺗﺎﺕ�ﺍﻟﻄﺒﻴﺔ and Education
Al-Maissam Medicinal Plant Centerfor Research and EducationObjectives and Work Strategy High School Matriculation AssistanceAl-Maissam focuses on reviving the popular Al-Maissam provided instructional services toPalestinian folk culture, maintaining a variety of high school students to help them finish their finalmedicinal plants, educating the local public on papers at the level of 4-5 units in the subjects ofthe traditional medicinal utility of these plants, environment, biology and chemistry. Researchersand guiding student research in the fields of of Al-Maissam and the Applied Research Instituteenvironment, biology, chemistry and herbs. contributed to the instruction of over 730 students in 2009.Activities in 2009:The Daily Visit Program Educational Lectures for the PublicThis year, about 4,000 students of various Al-Maissam continued to hold public lectures ineducational levels visited the center. Students get a number of villages and cities throughout theto know Al-Maissam, starting with the greenhouse country; in 2009, more than 30 lectures were heldand its medicinal plants. They progress to the in different schools.educational bee and compost stations, observe fishand algae, conduct research activities, manufacture Training Courses for Teachersnatural cosmetics and plant herbs. Al-Maissam Center facilitated a series of workshops and supplementary courses forThe Young Researcher Program teachers of environmental subjects in high schoolsThe Young Researcher program consists of ten through which teachers learned about herbs andmeetings, through which students come to know their medicinal utility, as well as Al-Maissam’s rolevarious types of scientific research. Each group in encouraging students to engage in scientificof students then carries out its own research research.project under the supervision and instruction ofAl-Maissam’s instructors. A particularly engagingelement of this program focuses on the subjectof bees – students explore bee cells, the honeyharvest, and natural beeswax products. Morethan 130 fifth to eigth grade students from severalschools participated in the program and presentedthe results of their research at the end of the course.
The Department of�Resource Development� and Public Relations
The Department of Resource Developmentand Public RelationsThe Department of Resource Development and The Institutional Donors of the Galilee SocietyPublic Relations fosters relationships between the in 2009:Galilee Society and its international benefactors • European Unionand implementing partners in order to widen our • Open Society Institutebase of collaboration and affect issues of mutual • Sigrid Rausing Trustconcern. • Misereor • Church of ScotlandIn coordination with each of the professional • Healing Across the Dividesdepartments, the Department of ResourceDevelopment and Public Relations works todevelop programs of the Galilee Society, identifypartners and secure the requisite financialresources. The department follows up throughoutthe various stages of implementation and promotescommunity awareness of our work through mediaoutreach. In addition, the department contributesby issuing electronic reviews, annual reports andupdating the website and various publications ofthe organization.
Other General ActivitiesSpecial Relief Campaign during the War on Care for the Families of Young Patients in TelGaza Hashomer HospitalIn response to the devastating attacks upon Throughout the past year, the Galilee Societythe civilian population of Gaza, the Galilee continued to support the families of the PalestinianSociety initiated an emergency relief campaign children of Gaza hospitalized at the Tel Hashomerin coordination with global health institutions Hospital in Ramat Gan. Nearly 70 Palestinian(such as the World Health Organization), the children from Gaza, aged 1 month to 14 years, areCenter for Management of Crisis and Emergency receiving treatment in the hospital; the period ofof the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, treatment ranges from a few months to a few years.and Physicians for Human Rights. Through this During this period, each child is accompanied by acooperative framework, the Galilee Society sent single custodial guardian, all of whom are forbiddensignificant amounts of medical equipment to Gaza, to leave the hospital grounds. We provide care forgathered through the generous donations of Arab these families by making periodic visits, facilitatingpharmacies throughout Israel. This approach was entertainment programs and other activities, andmet with a rapid popular response and public distributing funds or in-kind aid gathered fromreadiness never before seen in Israel. generous donors throughout our community and among the staff of the Galilee Society.Amid the critical deterioration of the healthinstitutions in Gaza and resulting cessation of Honoring Dr. Hatem Kana’ne on the Occasiontherapeutic services, medical professionals had of the Publication of his Bookreached a point at which they could no longer The Galilee Society, in collaboration with Adalahprovide proper treatment for the wounded. In this – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights incontext, the Galilee Society issued a statement Israel, organized a ceremony honoring Dr. Hatemthat was circulated to international human Rights Kana’ne (a founder of the Galilee Society andorganizations and others working in the fields of General Director for many years), on the occasionhealth and environment, demanding immediate of the publication of his book Physician from theintervention, pressure on the Israeli Government to Galilee. The ceremony was attended by many ofdesist in its attack on Gaza and to make possible the the Galilee Society’s original founders.delivery of medical aid to the Gaza Strip.
Grand Opening of the Institute of Applied features state-of-art tools and meets the highestResearch standards of rapidly advancing research systems.On 30 September 2009, the Galilee Societycrowned a two-year construction effort with a A Volunteering Day in the Galilee Societycelebration of the opening of the new Research In November, a volunteer work day was held in theand Development Center. In attendance was Galilee Society, attended by the staff and membersMinister of Science Daniel Hershkovitch, former of the Board of Directors, in collaboration with theMinister of Science Shulamit Aloni, Member of Islamic Scout Center in Shefa-A’mr and a group ofKnesset Hanin Zouabi, Member of Knesset Ahmad volunteers and craftsmen. Participants conductedTibi, representatives of the Ministry of Science, and repairs and maintenance work throughout theresearchers from several universities, in addition building and its surroundings, including plantingto the members of the Board of Directors, heads of seedlings and flowers. This activity is part of theother non-governmental organizations, local civil employees’ contribution to the completion of thesociety activists and others. The new facility of the new facility of the Institute of Applied Research.Institute of Applied Research of the Galilee Society
Organizational OverviewThe Galilee Society is an unaffiliated, non governmental Palestinian Arab institution in Israel. The GalileeSociety was founded in 1981 by 4 healthcare specialists: Dr. Hatem Kana’ne, Dr. Anwar A’awad, Dr. ShokiA’atallah, and Dr. Rona Makai, and with time evolved from an exclusively voluntary initiative to a regionalinstitution working in the fields of environment, health and social development, with a large professionalstaff.The Galilee Society is dedicated to achieving equality in the fields of health, environment, and socio-economic development for Arab citizens in Israel. To this end, the Galilee Society works with local, regionaland international bodies, including civil society organizations, local and municipal authorities, and a rangeof professional institutions.By virtue of its projects, the Galilee Society has become a major contributor in the fields of private healthand sustainable development, and is the primary address for the Palestinian citizens in Israel and theirelected representatives in the fields of health and environment at the local level. At the international level,the Galilee Society is involved in struggle to provide health, environmental, and developmental justice fornational ethnic minorities in industrialized countries.The Society works within two frameworks: the General Program and Strategic Program.The General Program includes four professional centers:1. Health Rights Center2. Environmental Justice Center3. Rikaz – Databank on the Palestinian Minority in Israel4. The Naqab DepartmentStrategic Program elements include:1. The Institute of Applied Research2. Al-Maissam Medicinal Plant Center for Research and Education3. Biotechnological patent companiesIn the various projects and activities, the Galilee Society always aims to empower the community andenhance its abilities, employing a bottom-up strategy to sustainable development through strategies thatreinforce leadership within the Palestinian community in Israel.
Board of Directors Health Rights Center Institute of Applied researchAbed Masalha – Chair of Board Mohammad Khatib – Director Dr. Jeries Jadoun – Researcher and Scientific DirectorWael Omari Amira Othman –Breast Cancer Project Coordinator Dr. Hassan Azaizeh – ResearcherRoseland Daem Mahmoud Abd al Halim – Sexual and HIV/AIDS Educational Dr. Sobhi Bashir – ResearcherMajd Haddad Program Dr. Walid Khalifa – ResearcherIsam Omar Dr. Bashar Saad – ResearcherDr. Ali Gniem Environmental Justice Center Dr. Isam Sabbah – Researcher and Manger of Agrobex CompanyMohammad Abbas Shadi Azzam, Lawyer - Director (until July 2009) Dr. Ahmad Tafesh – ResearcherEmtanes Shehade Ala Haidar, Lawyer - Director (since August 2009) Dr. Naim Najami – ResearcherHabib Keryanne Lina O. Knnane, Lawyer - Project Coordinator* Dr. Ahmad Yazbek - Researcher and Manger of Syntatex Company Morad Habiballah - Environmental Education Coordinator Dr. Malek Yousef – ResearcherAdministrational Staﬀ Mai Assadi - Environmental Education Coordinator* Heba Abu Tayeh – M.A. StudentGeneral Director Lilian Khalil - Environmental Education Coordinator* Katy Baransi – M.A. StudentBaker Awawdy (since July 2009) Faris Halhly- Co-researcherMohammad Khatib (until June 2009) Rikaz Databank Alaa Hamadi - Co-researcher Ahmad Sheikh Mohammad – Director Ghadir Zraik - Co-researcherAdministrative Coordinator and Librarian Aid Rohana – Senior Economist Anwar Masalha - Co-researcherRima Hayek-Zayed Mahmoud Khatib – Economy Researcher Mohammad Majdoub - Co-researcher Leena Abu Mukh Zoabi, Lawyer* - Advocator Rana Jarjoura - Co-researcherCPA and Director of Financial Department Liana Fahoum – Resource Development and Community Kefah Khshiboun - Co-researcherSuhier Hanna-Armali Coordinator* Nejme Abbas - Co-researcher Suheil Swaid – Field Research Coordinator Majeda Jeryes - Co-researcher Hanadi Azzam - Co-researcher The Naqab Department Ghassan Baransi – Accountant Khuloud al Assad – Secretary Clair Tawafshe – Administrative Assistant Maher Abu Ratyoush – Mobile Clinic Driver Al-Maissam The Department of Development and Public Relations Dr. Naim Kraim – Director (until July 2009) Jammie Mandel – Director (until July 2009) Tareq Omar – Director (since August 2009) Naama Blatman – Director (since October 2009) Sarika Sanha – Intern Guides Jonathan Langer – Intern Ghaidaa Abu Ahmad Farra Kahalnik – Manager of Resource Development Doua Bsoul Emad Abu Ali Ahmad Hejazi Rasha Zar’eni Hoda Othman *Joined the staff during 2010
The Galilee Society The Arab National Society for Health Research and Services (R.S.)www.gal-soc.org