The UK Task Force organised a session during the Labour Friends of Israel shadow cabinet delegation to Israel on 10 October, to learn about the importance of integrating the Arab minority into Israel’s hi-tech arena.
The delegation was part of the UK-Israel Economic Dialogue initiative, announced by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and backed by Israeli Ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub, British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould and philanthropist and entrepreneur Sir Trevor Chinn. Delegates included: Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP, Rt Hon David Lammy MP, Chuka Umunna MP, Lord Maurice Glasman and Sir Trevor Chinn CVO.
During the session, delegates learnt about various Israeli government, private sector and civil society initiatives to help Arab engineering graduates into high-tech jobs from Aiman Seif, General Director of the Authority for the Economic Development of Minority Sectors in the Prime Minister's Office; Jimmy Levy, founder of Galil Software, the largest software company in the Arab sector; and Smadar Nehab, founder of Tsofen, an NGO working to integrate Arab graduates into the high-tech sector.
Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP, following the mission, said that: “These thriving tech industries are a vivid reminder of just how vital it is that Britain doesn’t just work with our friends but learns from them.”