Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The most uplifting thing I've seen in a long time ...

This profile of an Arab-Israeli businessman is an amazing read. It shows one of the ways in which coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Israel is not a dream, but a reality.

Inas Said is the chief executive of Nazareth based Galil Software. His company is providing a much needed opportunity for the many qualified Arab engineers who have, unfortunately, been unable to break into the Israeli high-tech industry.

One of the more interesting points raised in the article is Said's perspective on why the Arabs have had trouble navigating Israel's high-tech sector.
The Israeli high-tech industry is like an old boys’ club, in which friends bring in friends and many people know each other from the Israeli army, in which Arabs typically don’t serve.
Many Israeli leaders have been looking at the Arab community in Israel as a potential source for new talent and new economic growth. I can't stress how important this is. If Israel can more successfully integrate the Arab community into its advanced economy, the results will be dramatic.

The standard of living of the Arabs is much lower than the Jews at present. There is therefore great potential to increase income, and spending in this community, and to reap the inevitable economic benefits that this would provide for the entire country.

Additionally, improving the economic situation of Israel's Arab citizens will help promote additional cooperation and support from this community and encourage a greater sense of belonging to the state

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