The NJA was honoured to welcome Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, for a private event on Nov 10.
The Deputy Mayor spoke at length about the principal challenges in Jerusalem, where 25% of the population is Charedi and 39% of the population is Arab. She explained that the main objective was to achieve integration in the workforce. For the Charedim this meant ensuring that, through schools, secular subjects were taught so as to maximise their chances.
For the Arabs, action needed to be taken to prevent young Arab children being taught to hate Jews. One way of doing this was to stop the Israeli government from funding problematic schools, and Ms Hassan-Nahoum plans to work to ensure that appropriate legislation is passed to this effect.
The latter half of the event followed a questions and answers style, during which guests were invited to pose questions to the Deputy Mayor.
Hassan-Nahoum also discussed her role as a founding member of the UAE-Israel Business Council, established following the Abraham Accords, and her efforts to enhance trade, cultural, and people-to-people relations between Israel and the UAE.
The NJA thanks the Deputy Mayor for her time addressing the NJA and wishes her success in her role multiple roles.
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