About Us

Reality Changers

Atidna is a coalition of grassroots Israeli-Arab leaders and prominent members of the Zionist mainstream of Israeli Jews.

The Mission

To build a courageous Arab-Jewish leadership that will revolutionize integration into the State of Israel by developing unique leadership programs aimed at building a strong, independent yet also integrated Israeli Arab community in Israeli society.

The Atidna coalition grasps the immense potential benefits of the successful integration of Israeli Arab citizens into a Jewish and Democratic State.

The Vision

An Arab-Jewish civil partnership founded on three pillars:

  • Mutual respect
  • Full civil equality
  • Recognition of Israel as a Jewish-democratic state

Based on these, we envision an Arab community that is an integral part of the Israeli success story.

Why are we different?

Atidna is a partnership of Israeli Arab grassroots leaders together with Israeli Jews from the national camp, all of whom grasp the immense potential benefits of successful integration of Arab-Israel citizens into a Jewish and Democratic State.

Atidna is based the engagement of a broad range of the community – both Arab and Jewish Israeli citizens.

The Atidna framework involves a multi-year process for its participants, rather than a one-time program.

Atidna’s efforts will result in the creation of a critical mass to create social change.
Atidna’s programming is centered on achieving measurable results and thus quantifiable returns on investment.

A Win-Win

For the State

  • Future leadership
  • New role models
  • Better integration
  • Stronger society
  • Best ambassadors

For the graduates

  • Higher self esteem
  • Relevant skills
  • Efficient network
  • Better opportunities
  • Stronger community

Atidna’s Projected measurements of success by 2022

The establishment of an active alumni network that speaks the vision of the Atidna mission, which includes

5,000

Active members in the Atidna youth movement

150

Placements of high-tech trainees in the industry

300

Enrollees in community service and volunteer programs

300

Graduates of the scholarship-fellowship program

70

Graduates of the management training program to serve as active directors in Israeli companies

1

Cornerstone to build leadership and sports center

Our Team

Dr. Dalia Fadila

Co-CEO

Amit Deri

Co-CEO

Mohammed Abu Alhiga

Secretary-General Atidna Youth

Board Members

Ashraf Jabur

Vicki Badrian

Yifat Sela

Erez Eshel

Ali Zachalka

Dr. Dalia Fadila

Dr. Fadila (PhD in English Literature) is the founder of Q Schools: Education, Consultation & Development, an institution for the promotion of quality education in Israeli Arab society. She is an international speaker on the subjects of minority women, identity and education.
In 2013-2018, Dr. Fadila was president of the Baqa al-Garbiyyeh College for Science and Engineering, boosting the small technological institute into a leading academic and professional college that trains engineers in the Arab community in Israel.
In 2000-2011, Dr. Fadila, was the Academic Director of Al Qasemi Teacher Training College. As a member of the college leadership, she helped develop it from a religious seminary into an academic institution.

Amit Deri

After 10 years of service in the IDF, Amit was discharged with the rank of major and since 2011, has been engaged in entrepreneurship, management and social-educational activities with an emphasis on youth and teens. Amit studied civil engineering at the Technion and has a BA in political science from Haifa University.

Mohammed Abu Alhiga

Mohammed has a BA in education and history from Beit Berl College and an MA in Sociology from Haifa University. Throughout his life, Mohammed has been active in youth movements and has held various positions. He was among the first in Arab society to do a year of volunteer service in a youth movement. Muhammad has held various positions in the training and management of youth programs and as the director of the informal education department in the municipality of Tamra and deputy chairman of the Association of Youth Departments in Israel.

Ashraf Jabur

Ashraf has an MA in Education Systems Management and a BA in Educational Sciences from Haifa University. In addition, he is a graduate of the program for career counselors for MA Degree holders at Tel Aviv University. Ashraf began his career as a teacher in the Jewish and Arab sectors. He was the principal of the Shfar’am Municipal High School . Since 2014, has been the director of the National Program to make higher education accessible to the Arab, Druze, Circassian and Bedouin communities. Ashraf volunteers with organizations working for co-existence between Arabs and Jews. Ashraf is one of the founders of the Joint Israeli Leadership Program, a member of the Israeli Congress at Bar Ilan University and is a member of various education committees.

Vicki Badrian

Vicki has an MA degree in public policy and internal auditing. She has worked in the public sector for the past twenty years in a wide variety of roles. In the past year, Vicki ran for election as mayor of Katzrin. As the daughter of an Ethiopian immigrant who has served the community throughout her career, Vicki’s work over the years has likewise been devoted to the community in Katzrin. She worked as a spokesperson for the Katzrin municipality, and in addition was in charge of integrating new immigrants and residents, forging relationships with government offices and developing programs in the city.

Yifat Sela

Holds a BA in Israel studies, and an MA in gender studies and law and is a board member of several social organizations. Yifat began her professional career at the Society for the Protection of Nature (SPNI), where she worked for close to a decade, starting as a tour guide and working her way up to director of the training division. Yifat joined Aluma in 2000, where she currently serves as CEO. Aluma encourages young people to take responsibility and join the circles of action and influence in Israeli society

Erez Eshel

A social activist, Erez was among the founders of the social-leadership academies, and served as the head of the Ein Prat Leadership Academy for a decade. Erez was the Director of Social and Youth Administration in the Ministry of Education and was among the leaders of the students’ campaign to lower tuition in 1998. He currently serves as chairperson of the One Heart Organization. He also serves as a lieutenant colonel in the IDF.

Ali Zachalka

Graduate of Ben Gurion University, Director of Education and Organizational Consulting at Tel Aviv University. Ali has extensive experience in the management of innovative education systems, as well as of schools in Arab society (40 years), in which he also established and managed the first democratic school in Kafr Qara. Ali is a partner to the establishment of various ventures and associations such as the Arab-Jewish Forum in Wadi Ara, the Kafr Qara Bilingual School, the Spiritual Empowerment Association in Education, the Social Educational Association for National Civil Service in Wadi Ara. In addition, Ali lectures on Arab and Jewish relations to participants in Birthright and other forums.

Attorney Ayman Aburiya

Ayman has a BA in law from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and has worked as a public and private sector attorney. Beginning in 2003, Ayman has owned and run a law firm in Haifa that is considered one of the leading law firms in the country in the area of land expropriation compensation. The firm represents both private and large institutional bodies such as the municipality of Haifa and the Yaffe Nof Transport & Infrastructure Company Ltd.

Vicki Badrian

Vicki has an MA degree in public policy and internal auditing. She has worked in the public sector for the past twenty years in a wide variety of roles. In the past year, Vicki ran for election as mayor of Katzrin. As the daughter of an Ethiopian immigrant who has served the community throughout her career, Vicki’s work over the years has likewise been devoted to the community in Katzrin. She worked as a spokesperson for the Katzrin municipality, and in addition was in charge of integrating new immigrants and residents, forging relationships with government offices and developing programs in the city.