Following a successful pilot last year, the European Union is hosting a unique business occasion – the Arab-Haredi Business Conference - in cooperation with the Municipality of Bet Shemesh. Around 100 businesses from both communities will come together for this extraordinary event on 6 July in Beit Shemesh (2 Yitzhak Rabin Street) starting at 2 p.m. Minister Yaakov Litzman of United Torah Judaism, and MK Ayman Odeh of the Joint Arab List, will attend and give greetings to the conference.
The conference is supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the State of Israel, and hosted by the Mayor of Beit Shemesh, Mr. Moshe Abutbul. Participants will exchange business practices and develop areas of potential cooperation between the two sectors of the Israeli population, which both face similar major challenges, but rarely communicate with each other.
Haredi and Arab communities share similarities in consumer patterns as well as challenges in the job market. Discussions on the day will include how to improve Arab and Haredi participation in the hi-tech sector, and cross-sector marketing opportunities for communities which both are affected by high costs of living. The conference will also focus on economic participation for Arab and Haredi women often facing barriers, including in educational and vocational choices.
EU Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen said: "This event will be a real eye-opener. There is so much to be learned, not only for Israelis but also for Europeans, on how distinctive populations can work together. We are happy to support this event, and honoured to work together with Haredi and Arab communities to expand economic prospects in Israel."
The first Arab-Haredi Business conference was held on 29 November 2016 at the initiative of the European Union Delegation in Israel. Held in the EU's premises in Ramat Gan, the event brought together 24 Arab and Haredi businesses.
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