I’lam - Arab Center for Media Freedom, Development and Research was founded in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and journalists active in the fields of civil society, media and research.
The I’lam Center works to empower Arab Palestinian society in Israel by means of protecting freedoms, human development and research. These objectives translate to action in the following channels: Cultivating Youth Leadership that respects human freedoms and has the tools to express the needs and interests of Arab Palestinian society in Israel; Strengthening and Educating Arab Journalists through courses that improve their professional capacities and increase their knowledge of human rights discourse; Developing Strategic Thinking in Arab society to strengthen its ability to achieve its goals through strategic action, and Strengthening the Capacity of Arab Palestinian society in Israel to effectively contend with the challenges it faces; Conducting Research that examines the positioning of Arab Palestinian society in Israel and providing the necessary data for creating a framework for acting in a manner suitable to face challenges and to respond to its need to express itself clearly and practically.
The Center’s Director, Ms. Kholod Massalha, leads a team of experts in the world of media, journalism, legal representation, leadership development and research.
Staff and Board
Kholod Massalha, General Director:
Ms. Massalha holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has been working at I’lam since its inception. Ms. Massalha manages I'lam's staff and supervises its operations. She is responsible for the implementation of the center's programs, projects and activity promotion. In the past, Ms. Massalha has worked as producer at Hebrew University’s radio station, taught political science at a high school in Daburiyya 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.
Widad Ailabounie-Helo, Office Manager:
Mrs. Ailabounie-Helo runs the office and is responsible for administrative collaboration with organizations, associations, and institutions.
Deema Abu Elassal, Monitoring of Incitement and Racism Project - Written Press and Quantitative Reports:
B.A. in Media, Journalism and Linguistics and M.A. in Media and Journalism from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Deema has worked in different positions, including: Research Assistant to Prof. Eitan Alimi from the Political Science Department at Hebrew University, director of different dialogue groups between Israeli and Palestinian students at Hebrew University and media coordinator of the Mada al-Carmel Center in Arabic, Hebrew and English.
Saja Abdelkader Aboufna, Coordinator of the Young Leadership and Monitoring Project:
Saji completed her B.A. in Media and Political Science at the University of Haifa and holds a M.A. in Media from the same university. She has been involved in the practical application of different projects in a variety of Arab institutions active in civil sociery and is a research assisstant at the University of Haifa.
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 at Al-Madar.
Ms. Kawkab Khoury, social worker.
Mr. Tayser Khatib, researcher.
Attorney Sammy Mahanaa, journalist and poet.
Dr. Johnny Mansur, professor at I'billin College.
Attorney Alaa Mahajana, independent attorney.
Attorney Awni Bana, independent lawyer and previoulsy long-time worker at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
Ms. Shatha Zoubi, social activist and specialist in mass mobilizations.
The Audit Committee
The audit committee supervises the organization’s administrative and financial processes, and reviews financial reports for approval. Current committee members are:
Ms. Samah Bsoul