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 Manager: holds a B.A. in Media and Political Science. She has been working at I’lam since its foundation. Ms. Massalha manages the staff and supervises its operations. She is responsible for the implementation of programs, projects and activity promotions. Besides her current work, she works as an editor for the website "Bokra.net
Nermeen A. Mawed, monitors the Israeli incitement in the Israeli media against the Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority. She also focuses on the Women Journalists project: Ms. Mawed started her work in journalism through Bokra.net in 2009. In the field of journalism, she has worked in correspondence, editorial work, programme preparation and media focus with a number of institutions and NGOs.
Deema Abu Elassal, Incitement and Racism Monitoring Project and Quantitative Analysis
Deema holds a B.A. in Media, Journalism and Linguistics and a M.A. in Media and Journalism from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has worked in different positions, including: Research Assistant to Prof. Eitan Alimi from the Political Science Department at Hebrew University, coordinator and facilitator of different dialogue groups between Israeli and Palestinian students at Hebrew University, Media Coordinator of the Mada al-Carmel Center and translator of Arabic, Hebrew and English.
Yethreb Said focuses on women's projects and media training as well as on journalism training: Mrs. Said is trained in the media and is working on women's projects and media training as well as on the training of journalists. She works next to I’Lam for other associations.
Maisoun Zoabi, focuses on the project to promote a culture of media consumption among Arab students: She completed a second degree in Journalism and Media at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Ms Zoubi works on the project "Promotion of a culture of media consumption among Arab students". In addition, she works as a teacher of journalism and information at the High School - Daliyat al-Carmel - and as a lecturer at Birzeit University in the course "Representation of Palestinian issues in the Israeli media".
Prof. Amal Jamal, Administrative Advisor: Professor of Political Science and former director of the institute of Political Science at the University of Tel Aviv. Professor Jamal is a specialist in political media, political theory, social movements and national minorities. He has a proven record of numerous publications and research in the above mentioned areas. He now works with I’lam as an external consultant.
Sereen Khass, Fundraising Coordinator
Sereen handles fundraising efforts for I'lam, facilitating our relationship with donors and constantly seeking new opportunities to expand our efforts.
I’lam’s General Assembly is composed of over 50 members including media personnel, media experts, academics, journalists and social activists. I’lam continuously invites new people to join its GA. The GA meets once a year to elect the Board and Audit Committee members, and 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 of anthropology at the University of Haifa.
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 Oversight Committee
The oversight committee supervises the organization’s administrative and financial processes, and reviews financial reports for approval. Current committee members are:
Ms. Samah Bsoul