Israel, aka “The Startup Nation,” is also known as “the Silicon Wadi,” an Arabic pun on “the Silicon Valley,” and rightly so.
Many Israeli-Arabs and Palestinians are engaged in the thriving Israeli startup and high tech ecosystem, with certain cities like Nazareth leading the way.
Absolutely, more attention, energy and resources need to be devoted to providing each of these groups pathways into the Startup Nation, along with many other minorities and/or marginalized groups – not only in Israel, but in the U.S., Europe and throughout the Arab world.
However, Israel, and many Israeli organizations, like welaunch, are wholly committed to such efforts. There can, and will, be peace only when all countries, and all segments of our society, have equal access to such opportunities.
It’s time to utilize entrepreneurism, innovation and technology as a way to transcend borders, ethnicity, nationalism and religion – to unite us in our universal quest to make this world a better place for everyone!
welaunch wishes our Muslim friends, Ramadan Mubarak – a Blessed Ramadan.
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