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 provides 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, Prof. Amal Jamal, leads a staff of experts in the world of media, journalism, legal representation, leadership development and research.
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.
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: