I’lam is a Palestinian NGO based out of Nazareth working towards an improved reality for the Arab community in Israel. By engaging in research, education, and activism with a media focus, we strive to contribute to the advancement of Israel’s Palestinian community, strengthening the professional capacities of Arab media personnel and promoting the human rights of the Palestinian Arab Community in Israel.
I’lam engages the Arab media cadre through initiatives that protect and promote the rights of Arab media practitioners and institutions, professionalize the work of Arab journalists, and advocate for progressive and pluralistic norms within the Israeli media landscape.
I’lam seeks to secure rights for Arab society in Israel by promoting the values of democracy and human rights, advocating for fairness, equity, and impartiality in Israeli media coverage, and empowering the Palestinian minority to be educated and critical media consumers and social activists.
I’lam’s projects include monitoring Hebrew and Arabic language media to ensure democratic practices and publishing the findings, training Arab journalists and media personnel to bolster their professional capabilities, and educating and engaging the Palestinian community at large (particularly women and youth) to evaluate and participate in media content and political discourse.
Staff and Board
Amal Jamal, General Director: Professor of Political Science and former department head at Tel Aviv University. Professor Jamal manages I’lam’s staff and supervises its operations, and is responsible for implementation of the center’s programs, projects, and activity promotion. Professor Jamal specializes in political communication, political theory, the nature of social movements, and treatment of national minorities. Publications he has released in these fields include: Arab Minority Nationalism in Israel: The Politics of Indigeneity (Routledge, 2011) and The Arab Public Sphere in Israel: Media Space and Cultural Resistance (Indiana University Press, 2009).
Kholod Massalha, Projects Coordinator: Ms. Massalha holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has been working at I’lam since its inception, and currently works as editor of the news website, Bokra. In the past Massalha has worked as producer at Hebrew University’s radio station, taught political science at a high school in Dabburiyeh, and worked as a researcher for the documentary film Dancing Arabs. Massalha’s work for I’lam’s
Hebrew Media Project has contributed to an increase in coverage of Arab society in Israeli media.
Attorney Alaa Abdallah, Law and Rights Unit Coordinator: Mr. Abdallah has been working at I’lam since 2011 as the center’s legal coordinator. He completed his law degree (L.L.B.) and his BA in Communications at the Haifa University in 2008, and has been a member of the Israel Bar Association and the Bar Association's public relations committee since 2008. He completed his internship at Adalah — the legal center for Arab minority rights in Israel. In the private sector, Mr. Abdallah has focused on fighting for human rights, and was engaged in the Legal Aid project for the underprivileged. He has advanced a large number of bills and initiatives that focus on Arab-Palestinian media rights in Israel.
Rana Ali Awaisi, Project Manager, Monitoring Racism: Mrs. Awaisi holds a B.A. in Psychology and Communications from Derby College. She runs the Project for Monitoring Racism and Incitement against Palestinians in the Israeli Media — a project performed by I’lam in collaboration with the Palestinian news agency, Wafa.
Suma Abu Tayeh, Monitoring Racism Project: Ms Abu Tayeh holds a B.A. in Communications from Emek Israel College. Ms. Abu Tayeh works alongside Rana Ali Awaisi in the Project for Monitoring Racism and Incitement against Palestinians in the Israeli Media.
Widad Ailabounie-Helo, Office Manager: Mrs. Ailabounie-Helo runs the office and is responsible for administrative collaboration with organizations, associations, and institutions.
I’lam’s General Assembly includes over 50 members including media personnel, media experts, academics, journalists and social activists. I’lam continually invites new people to join its GA. The GA meets once a year to select the board and audit committee members, and also to approve I’lam’s financial and professional reports.
The board consists of seven members who meet once a month. The Board defines the policy of the Audit Committee, strategizes and plans I’lam’s programming in coordination with the staff, evaluates the development and implementation of the projects, discusses problems, and assures that the policies of the Audit Committee are implemented in accordance to the guidelines.Current board members include:
Mr. Anton Shalhat, editor of Al-Madar.
Ms. Kawkab Khoury, social worker.
Mr. Tayser Khatib, academic.
Attorney Sammy Mahanaa, journalist and poet.
Dr. Johnny Mansur, professor at I'billin College.
Attorney Alaa Mahajana, independent attorney.
Attorney Awni Bana.
Ms. Shatha Zoubi.
The Audit Committee:
The audit committee supervises the organization’s administrative and financial processes, and reviews financial reports for approval. Current committee members are:
Hanan Habib Allah