Updated: Jul 14
“I believe we can find a way to support the important mission of building up hi-tech in Arab society while also developing the tech industry in Bahrain,” said Al Jalama
Khaled Al Jalahma, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Israel, visited the city of Nazareth and the offices of Tsofen, a local non-profit which promotes hi-tech integration of Israel’s Arab society.
The ambassador met with Tsofen's leadership, Chair of the Board Dr. Ramzi Halabi and Co-Chairs Revital Duek and Maisam Jaljuli, and learned about the model they developed for integrating Arab engineers into the local hi-tech industry and for developing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) ecosystems in Arab cities.
Mr. Al Jalahma also toured the Industry Park in Nazareth, a home to R&D centers of global hi-tech firms, and visited Amdocs and Galil Software. The visit concluded over lunch with key business influencers in Arab society, including the Afifi Group and others.
"I have been exposed to important work carried out by civil society today,” said the ambassador.
“I believe we can find a way to support the important mission of building up hi-tech in Arab society, while also developing the technological industry in Bahrain and contributing to Israel's economy – all in the spirit of the Abraham Accords, towards warming the relationship between the two countries and societies."
"The arrival of His Excellency the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain, to learn about hi-tech in Nazareth, is an encouraging sign and it strengthens the message we carry out throughout our work every day,” said Ms. Revital Duek, Co-CEO of Tsofen.
“Building up hi-tech in Arab society is key to reducing socioeconomic gaps and opening equal opportunities to future generations.”