The Rikaz Databank
Rikaz is the first and foremost online socio-economic databank on the Palestinian community in Israel as a tool to create and collate data in an accessible way. Rikaz presents Palestinians in Israel as one social group, in contrast to official Israeli statistical resources which report only religious sects. Furthermore, various statistical sources in Israel completely ignore the Palestinians citizens in Israel and do not mention them even as religious sects.
Rikaz aims to empower the Palestinian community by providing valuable socio-economic information in an accessible and clearly defined way.
Utilizing as many available sources as possible, the Databank provides a clearinghouse for information on both Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel, and facilitates the comparison and analysis of findings in order to:
Help Palestinians in Israel achieve their legitimate rights according to the UN Charter on Human Rights, and their socio-economic rights as Israeli citizens;
Contribute accurate and compelling facts to advocacy campaigns and appeal initiatives on behalf of the Palestinian community;
Offer essential data to planning, decision-making and research professionals in the fields of education, employment, health and other key areas in order to promote development in this community;
Draw the attention of authorities at the national level to disparities between Palestinian and Jewish living standards, and to help reach a clear understanding of the status and the specific needs of the Palestinian minority.
Rikaz Databank is based on data taken from its own surveys and utilizes many other sources.
Having constructed the initial database, accessed sources, collated and extracted relevant information, Rikaz’s task now is to employ this information in ways that will help to redress the inequalities suffered by the Palestinian community. We plan to do this in two ways: Sustainability: Having collated and sorted the initial data on the Palestinian community in Israel and arranged the information in an accessible, user-friendly format, the Rikaz team continues to seek to ensure that the data remains as comprehensive as possible and relevant to the situation and needs of the community.
Information Access: Rikaz is expanding its efforts to target individuals, NGOs, research institutions, policy makers and planners who can use its information to practically benefit the Palestinian community.
In the interests of building up more comprehensive information on the Palestinian community in the future, Rikaz also plans to:
Continue analyzing official government data sources for up-to-date information;
Conduct its own surveys on issues like the unrecognized Bedouin villages and poverty levels within the Arab community;
Publish an annual report that will present numerical data on areas of particular interest, including key comparisons of the Arab and Jewish communities.
Dr. Mohammad Khateeb – Software Engineer, Databank manager
Sawsan Rezeq- projects coordinator
Fadi Omar - Researher
Rikaz Data includes 7 categories, each of which is broken down into sub-categories. The categories are:
Demography includes 3 sub-categories. The first concentrates on the composition and geographic distribution of the Israeli population, both Arab and Jewish, and demographic growth projections to 2020. The second includes data on household distribution and density. The third sub-category includes data on migration.
The Education category focuses on the education level obtained by the Israeli population and the relationship between academic achievement, sector of employment and occupation type.
The Employment category focuses on occupation and the economic branch of the employed population, i.e. all those between 15 – 64 who were employed or unemployed during the determinant week. Occupation types and Economic branches, general and detailed, are listed according to the first two levels.
The Labour Force category focuses on all Israeli civilians, aged 15–64, who were participants in the labour force in some capacity, either employed or unemployed, during the year in question. It contains information about rates of unemployment and employment, a breakdown of labour force participation and projections of future employment demand, exact employment status (self-employed vs. employee) as well as working patterns (average number of working months) according to geographical area.
The category of Living Standards includes earning data, income group data, and car and house ownership.
Social Indicators are summaries of some of the most telling socio-economic indicators from other sections of the database, particularly focusing on the Palestinian population of Israel Health:
The Health category includes analysis of membership in semi-state health funds or Kupat Holim. We plan to expand this category to include more health data on the Palestinian minority in Israel.