Arabian-Jewish journalistic project narrows gap between the different
A team of Arabian and Jewish journalists have produced a bilingual
newspaper supplement whose main topic is 'co-existence'. At the
end of October, this project won a British Diversity Award. The
jury praised the contribution that the team had made to the narrowing
of the cultural gap between the different communities living in
Each year, the independent Anser House of Marlow (UK) hands out
ten or so awards to so-called 'best practice' examples in the fields
of diversity and equal opportunities. The Israeli journalists, students
at the Emek Yezreel College near Nazareth, won the European Diversity
Silver Standard prize for their newspaper supplement.
The supplement included articles on the city of Haifa - once one
of the most peaceful towns in Israel but which recently has been
suffering its share of the violence -, on the friendship between
a Palestinian woman and a Jewish woman that met each other in the
hospital, and on a restaurant where Arabs and Jews meet up to sample
the delights of Arabian humus.
The supplement was distributed with a number of major Hebrew and
Arabian newspapers in northern Israel during the summer of 2004.
It formed part of a larger project organised by the Emek Yezreel
College in collaboration with the Media Diversity Institute, a British
organisation, under the title 'Finding Common Ground in Israel -
Jewish and Arab journalism students working together'. Apart from
the supplement, the project also involved a course on reporting
on ethnic differences. The project's initiators say that the project
aims to create a model for inter-ethnic collaboration and co-operation
that will serve as a model for the peaceful solution of problems
in the region.
The project has received support from the European Cultural Foundation,
the Sigrid Rausing Trust and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.