Al-Manarah Association

Of the c.1,500,000 Arab Palestinians in Israel, approximately 400,000 have moderate to severe disabilities. They face systemic marginalisation with Israeli society as a whole and acute discrimination from within Palestinian society itself. To break this cycle of neglect and isolation, Al-Manarah works for equal access to education, employment, transportation, and public services, and within this we have a strong focus on youth and women with disabilities. Through cooperative advocacy, strategic litigation, and awareness raising, Al-Manarah works with the disabled of Israel's Arab community so they can participate and contribute to society as equal citizens. Al-Manarah is nonpartisan, workin...

Al-Manarah Association
St.1000/77
P.O.B 11053
Nazareth, Galilee 16000
Israel
+972 4 6011574
http://www.almanarah.org/en/index.aspx

Board of Directors

Abbass Abbass, Muhamad Ikteelat, Mai Yonis, Peter Saad, Charles Morse, Ahlam Onallah, Iaman Khatib, Lina Zoabi, Nasreen Jabereen, Sana Shawahdy

Mission

Of the c.1,500,000 Arab Palestinians in Israel, approximately 400,000 have moderate to severe disabilities. They face systemic marginalisation with Israeli society as a whole and acute discrimination from within Palestinian society itself. To break this cycle of neglect and isolation, Al-Manarah works for equal access to education, employment, transportation, and public services, and within this we have a strong focus on youth and women with disabilities. Through cooperative advocacy, strategic litigation, and awareness raising, Al-Manarah works with the disabled of Israel's Arab community so they can participate and contribute to society as equal citizens. Al-Manarah is nonpartisan, working with many Israeli groups and organisations, and we aim solely to improve the lives of disabled Arab persons living in Israel.

Programs

Our work develops knowledge and skills for persons with disabilities encouraging them to become their own best self advocates, enhances cooperation between civil society actors advocating equality for persons with disabilities, and provides legal leverage for the enforcement of domestic and international disability rights law. To structure this work we have five main programs. These are i) Empowerment and Skills Development - this program works directly with the disabled community, informing them of their rights and entitlements, offering guidance on how to achieve and realize these rights, and setting out practical processes for participating in society as a whole. ii) Fostering Social Awareness - which looks at the wider community and their reactions and responses to Arab persons with Disabilities living in Israel. We engage with as wide a range of social groups as possible, including schools and colleges, religious groups, service providers, employers etc, to counter negative perceptions and develop a positive understanding of disabled persons, their lives, motivations, rights and entitlements and the need for inclusion and participation within society. iii) Legal Advocacy, where Al-Manarah's legal department works with persons with disabilities who feel their rights have been violated or have failed to be implemented at local or national levels, and we strive to ensure each client receives their entitlements. We receive new calls each month as well as continuing work with ongoing cases. iv) Phone Assistance and Personal Consultancy - this service provides emotional and social support, as well as legal advice to concerned stakeholders. The dedicated staff provides support in several issues such as loneliness, low self esteem, basic information on rights according to national insurance law, parenting, and professional advice. v) Library and Studio for Persons with Print Disabilities - the Al-Manarah Library involves using the especially adapted studio to make new recordings of Arabic audio books, which are available for the disabled community of Nazareth and the wider community in Israel. The recording studio is the first in Israel for recording Arabic audio books for the visually impaired. The studio compliments our other facilities in the existing physical library, which contains Braille books and two Braille printers for the production of text in Arabic Braille.

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