Social Gaps in the Palestinian Society

REFORM implements a film discussion on: “American History X” to highlight the social gaps in the Palestinian society.

“American History X:” Equality and Rights

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development— REFORM implemented a film discussion on: “American History X,” which describes discrimination against African Americans in the United States. The discussion focused on the film’s resemblance to the social gaps in the Palestinian society. This session took place with the participation of young men and young women activists from the northern governorate of Nablus.

Palestine’s Social Reality

Primarily, the project coordinator, Miss Fawzia Shilbaya, explained that the aim of the project, “Access Beyond Barriers” is to enhance youth’s social participation in the community. She then proceeded to explain that the aim of the film discussion is to develop the capabilities of young men and young women in critical analysis. It also seeks to raise awareness on the forces that hinder their political participation and attempt to increase their involvement in public life. The film describes racism and discrimination in the United States along with the rights that were permitted only to white people.

Further, the participants shed light on the social and cultural dimensions that appeared in the film and reflected it on Palestine’s social reality. They discussed the gaps amongst the various components of society including cities, villages, and camps as well as discrimination based on regional or geographical areas. The young activists indicated their fear of increased social divisions that affect the dynamics and interactions of the members of society with one another. At the end of the session, the participants stressed the necessity of strengthening national unity, rejecting differences and divisions, enhancing youth’s participation in public life, communicating with one another respectfully and politely, devoting to the civilization of the state, promoting the freedom of opinion and expression, and enhancing social cohesion amongst the various Palestinian components.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

This session comes as part of the “Access Beyond Barriers” project which aims to enhance the social participation of marginalised groups in order to formulate public policies that are responsive to youth and women’s needs. The project also aims to enhance cooperation between youth groups and CBOs in Area C and in Palestinian refugee camps and to develop the internal procedures and practices of these associations in order to ensure good governance practices. Thus, social and cultural cohesion will be increased amongst the different social components and collective Palestinian identity will be promoted.

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