The Ajyal Movement
The Arab society in Israel has long been suffering from social and economic marginalization, discrimination and systemic neglect. This bleak situation has led throughout the years to indifference and disengagement among Palestinian citizens of Israel towards its social and political systems, and in many cases towards the public sphere altogether. But this rejection hasn’t benefited the Arab society of Israel, that deals with ever-growing poverty, gun violence, racism, unemployment and under-education, which are only some of the burning issues pressing our lives. Today, the voice of a new generation of involved Arab youth is being heard, calling for real change, demanding that the state be equally responsible for our society in every possible sense.
Ajyal is an Arab movement established in 2006, as a growing new young leadership in the Arab society of Israel, that calls for equality, solidarity and peace. An educational movement at its core, Ajyal today is a unique movement in its various ways to organize the community; maximize participation in the public sphere; and promote occupational and educational equality for young Palestinian citizens of Israel.
The Ajyal youth movement has over 35 branches, home to thousands of participants, in various Arab cities and villages, such as Haifa, Lod, Sakhnin, Ramla, Rahat, Tamra, and many more. Over 400 graduates of Ajyal leadership programs take significant roles in their community, tying their personal paths with the common good of their society.
What we do
The Ajyal movement leads different projects for youth and young adults, and for the wider community, reaching across barriers of gender, class, and ethno-cultural differences within the Arab society of Israel.
- The Ajyal Youth Movement — The youth movement model carries an important role in growing the Arab society’s next generation of organic leadership. Over 5,000 children & youth all over the country volunteer in their community, learn leadership skills and values and practice everyday-responsibility for their society.
- Leadership Programs — The Sanabel (in Acre and Southern Triangle regions) and Doroub (Rahat region) programs work to train young leadership among Palestinian citizens of Israel. Participants build their identity discussing cultural & social issues, learn academic and occupational skills and volunteer in their communities. Our 400 program graduates take lead roles in Ajyal and other organizations, or pursue barrier braking careers.
- The International School of Peace — The ISOP is a school for refugee children in Lesbos, Greece, established in 2017 by the Ajyal and Hashomer Hatzair movements. The school began providing educational aid and quickly became the largest educational program on the Island with over 6,000 graduates coming from a diverse range of nationalities.
- Campaigns — Ajyal have led several campaigns, mobilizing citizens to vote at elections, or voicing the dire issues of the Arab society in Israel, such as gun violence, racism and under-investment.
After its initial leap to widen its work from children and youth to general social activity, the Ajyal movement is setting not only to expand its current work — from 30 to 60 youth branches, from 3 to 10 leadership programs — but also to open new innovative projects creating a stronger Palestinian community in Israel and a broader shared society.
- Tzedek Centers for a shared society — We believe in a shared Arab-Jewish society, where Palestinian citizens of Israel take reins as a community and take part in the Israeli public sphere. Together, the Ajyal & Tzedek Centers movements have opened a shared Arab-Jewish center in Ramla, set to be followed by Acre, Jaffa, Lod, Nazareth and more.
- Center for Non-Formal Education — Ajyal is the leading movement doing non-formal education in the Arab society of Israel. The new center, planned to open in 2023, will provide learning material and training led by the movement’s experienced educators.
- Gun Violence Confrontation Program 2022 — A collaboration with the Beit Berl College for education, the program provides future high school teachers with skills and training to reduce gun violence and overall crime through identity-building, individual resilience and community responsibility.
Join us in building new leadership and creating a shared and equal society in Israel
For any further information, please contact us
Ayman Kabha, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org | +972(0)50-6242793
Ahlam Kasim Ali, Executive Director, email@example.com | +972(0)50-7977190