Regional Forums

Three regional forums are being convened throughout the year to bring together key Jewish and Arab players from throughout Wadi Ara to forge cooperation on a regional level among municipalities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. The mayors’ forum, composed of all 8 mayors from the municipalities of the Shared Communities pairs, along with additional officials, facilitates conception, promotion, and implementation of region-wide initiatives involving municipal government. The NGO forum, composed of heads of grassroots NGOs and civil society activists in the region, is working to continue building the foundation for communication and cooperation between the various groups, as well as initiating region-wide activities with residents. The business forum is meeting to create intercultural familiarity between business owners from both groups in the region and to promote cooperative ventures in the commercial sphere.