The D-TEC – Encouraging and strengthening the economic futures

of the fierce and dedicated warriors of the Israeli-Druze minority
who have given their all to the Jewish State!
WHO – The Sponsoring OrganizationThe Israeli-Druze Veterans Association (DVA)
WHAT – Name of ProjectThe Israeli-Druze High-Tech Empowerment Center (DTEC)
WHERE – The Location Isafia/Dalyat-El Carmel Regional Council – Carmel Mt. Region
WHY – A Note from The Israel Friends
of the Druze Veterans Association
Since the establishment of the State of Israel, many thousands of Israelis of the Druze-Arab religious minority have served the state in its varied security forces with devotion, honor, distinction and valor. Over 500 members of this valiant, fiercely loyal minority have given their lives for the Jewish state and many hundreds more have been injured or maimed for life. Hundreds of millions of NIS are poured annually by the international Jewish community into the development and welfare of Israel’s minority Arab population – many times populations that are ill-disposed or even hostile towards the state itself. By contrast, the Israeli-Druze Arab minority – loyal to a fault and dedicated to Israel’s safety as no other – are hardly known by the Jews of the Diaspora.

Israel’s Military Chiefs of Staff, Ministers of Defense, Ambassadors, leaders of industry and economics and leaders of the private, commercial sector, who have all served beside members of this valiant minority, are all in agreement, to a person, that it is time that the Jewish community bind together to thank and reward the Israeli-Druze for their loyalty, dedication and sacrifice.

By encouraging and strengthening the economic futures of these fierce and dedicated warriors who have given their all to the state, we will be strengthening the entire 140,000 person Druze-Arab minority who populate significant critical locations throughout Israel’s northern regions and thus the State of Israel itself.

Please join us in this important and long overdue endeavor!

HOW – Basic Project Strategy
* Develop the physical infrastructure of the Israeli-Druze Israeli-Druze High-Tech Empowerment Center (DTEC) on the land allocated for this innovative project by the Israel Lands Authority and the Ministry of Economic Affairs;

* Position the DTEC as a professional and leading institution of its kind – in close cooperation with the members of the Israel Chamber of Information Technology, Israel’s Council for Higher Education, the Israeli academic institutions, local municipalities, civil organizations and national leadership;

* Brand the DTEC as “the” center to belong to for any and all Israeli-Druze veterans, male or female, who strives to enter the world of technological studies and advance their economic future;

* Raise the level of motivation among the Israeli-Druze veterans to enter the world of higher education and technological innovation;

* Significantly reduce the instance of Israeli-Druze veteran academic drop-out rate with university monitored mentorships and generous financial assistance programs;

* Establish a national mechanism to help secure the success of Israeli-Druze veteran – including named scholarships, support systems, and career/employment guidance programs along with both pre-academic and extra-academic programs that will operate within and in cooperation with the DTEC;

* Female Empowerment Center– to encourage the women among the Israeli-Druze to strive for a career in academics and technology;

* Establish an Israeli-Druze veteran (both male and female) employment center that will lobby the Israeli corporate world to offer entry-level programs specifically designed for this unique and dedicated population.

Acknowledge the sacrifice and contribution of the Druze community
to Israel’s development and security

Main Category of Project Israeli-Arab Minority Economic Development – Druze Sector
Secondary CategoriesIsraeli-Arab Minority Empowerment and Equality – Druze Sector

Female Economic Empowerment – Israeli-Arab Minority – Druze Sector

Economic Empowerment of Israel’s Periphery – Eastern Carmel Region

Economic Empowerment of Israel’s Periphery – Israeli-Arab Minority – Druze Sector

Economic Empowerment of Israel’s Veterans – Israeli-Arab Minority – Druze Sector

WHO – Who will benefitThe many hundreds of loyal Israelis of the Druze-Arab religious minority who serve with devotion, honor, distinction and valor in the varied Israeli security forces. By strengthening these fierce and dedicated warriors we will be strengthening the entire 140,000 person Druze-Arab minority who populate significant critical locations throughout Israel’s northern regions and thus the State of Israel itself.
WHO – other partners Israel’s government ministries are dedicating time and allocating resources that will insure the projects short term and long term sustainability (Ministry of Economic Affairs; Negev and Galil; Defense; Social Equality, Industry and Trade among others – each in their own area of expertise, responsibility & economic capability). Other partners involved are Israel’s Chamber of Information Technology, Israel’s Council for Higher Education, the Israeli academic institutions, local municipalities, civil organizations and national leadership. Various global Jewish and non-Jewish communities supportive of Israel have pledged their support and a mechanism for individual, corporate and foundation support is being established.
HOW – Measures of successA study has been commissioned and completed to assist with the response to this question. It is now being reviewed by the office of Israel’s commissioner on higher education and we await their findings. The formula will be a simple ROI per NIS. How many Israeli-Druze Vets can the project see through from high school through full employment? How many Israeli-Druze Vets can the project help prepare for a career in high tech? High tech education? Academic degrees in high tech and so on. What is the 5-year scale of drop-out difference between the years prior to the establishment of the DTEC and the 5 subsequent years.
WHAT – What recognition is available Full naming rights are available to the project, the campus, the building, the grounds, etc.
Fully open to negotiation based on size and sustainability of allocations.
WHAT – Sponsoring the ProjectThe Druze Veterans Association (DVA) is seeking donations for the construction of the DTEC.

Donor can be honored by naming the center, campus or building in the family name according to their wishes.

CONTACT INFORMATION   
Website                     druzetech.us
AddressDruze Veterans Association (DVA) P.O.B 5013 Dalyat El-Carmel, 3005600 Israel
Name of contact personMichael Cohen/Koftan Halabi
Telephone / mobile number +972584994404
Email addressdtec@druzetech.us
WHO – About The SponsorThe Israeli-Druze Veterans Association (DVA) was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2009 in order to address the growing concern over the educational and economic future of the many hundreds of loyal Israelis of the Druze community who serve with devotion, honor, distinction and valor in the varied Israeli security forces.

The goal of the DVA is to vastly expand the access to higher education among the Druze youth in Israel in an effort to allow them to fully integrate into all walks of life in Israeli society; education being a key component and requirement for entrance into the worlds of tomorrow, stable employment and livelihood, social power and civic responsibility.

The DVA provides intensive support for the achievement of these lofty goals for all young Druze soldiers, men and women, as they are released from the IDF and other security establishments with a singular focus: full integration into Israeli society via the root of Israel’s superpower: higher education and technological innovation.

The DVA’s vision is to assist in the creation of a Druze community with productive leadership, founded and steered by the leadership that was formed during the Druze soldiers’ service in the Israeli Defense Forces. We believe that those young leaders should have their place at the greater Israeli table. As contributing members of society, young Druze deserve an opportunity to thrive in business, academia, science and the public sector – and the DVA strives to make that happen.

The Druze Veterans Association (DVA) is fighting for Israel in many diplomatic arenas including the war against BDS by spreading the word around the world how the Druze live and gradually integrate more and more into the Israeli society. The DVA organizes public awareness campaigns all over the world to show that Israel is not what the media wants people to believe but a far better, more beautiful, and civilized society. True testimony from Israeli non-Jewish citizens is a very powerful weapon and the DVA stands ready to use it whenever called upon.

When it comes to Israel, the Druze will stand by its side wherever is needed, whether it is in the army, protecting its borders or abroad fighting BDS and the haters of Israel, TOGETHER we stand, DIVIDED we fall!

The Israeli Druze Veterans Association (DVA) was blessed to have the late Prof. Moshe Arens as an honorary president and has garnered support from all segments of Israeli civil and political society. Many prominent Israelis have lent their name and pledged their support to the DVA including Israel’s current minister of economic affairs, Mr. Eli Cohen; the Israeli High Tech Executives Association chaired by Mr. Shlomo Gredman; Chezi Chalo, CEO, Bank of Israel; former Israeli finance minister Prof. Shimon Shitrit, former Ambassador and Deputy Minister Michael Oren among many, many others. See more here: