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Tomorrow's Jewish-Arab Coexistence in Israel: Moving Forwards or Backwards?

Date: Thursday, June 21, 11:30 - 13:00
Location: Oren 4 Hall

One in five Israelis is Arab. Israels Jewish character, the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, economic gaps and feeling of discrimination and alienation, burden the possibility of co-existence between Jews and Arabs in Israel. However, alongside such tension and bitterness, there are also encouraging expressions of cooperation in Israeli society. How can we shape an Israeli tomorrow in which Jewish and Arab citizens live in co-existence, cooperation and respect of one another?




Ms. Eman Kassem-Sliman, Israel: Journalist; Editor and Presenter, current affairs and investigative programs, Cup of Coffee, Agenda, Kol Israel radio in Arabic; active in the fields of coexistence, status of women and the fight against violence. Recipient: Woman of the Year, Journalist of the Year.




Dr. Masad Barhoum, Israel: Director General, Western Galilee Hospital, Nahariya; former Medical Director, Italian Sisters of the Holy Family Hospital, Nazareth; former Director, Home Hospitalization Unit, Clalit HMO, Northern Region.


Mr. Shlomo Buhbut, Israel: Mayor of the Arab-Jewish city of Maalot Tarshicha; Chair, Union of Local Authorities in Israel; former Member of Knesset; Chair, Confrontation Line Forum; Chair, Galilee Development Authority; Chair, Western Galilee Cluster. Author: To Be Mayor (Hebrew, 2007). Recipient: Lord Marcus Ziv Award for Coexistence.


Mr. Mohammad Darawshe, Israel: Co-Executive Director, Abraham Fund Initiatives; former Deputy Director, Givat Haviva; former Campaign Manager, United Arab List. Recipient: UNESCO Prize for Education; Peace and Security Award, World Association of NGOs; Peacemaker Prize, Catholic University of Chicago.


Ms. Amal Elsana Alh'jooj, Israel: Co-Executive Director, Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (NISPED); founding Director, Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation; Member, Prime Minister’s Commission for Economic Development of the Arab Sector; Member, Steering Committee, Shutafut-Sharaka; Member, Professional Committee, Employment Creation Division, JDC. Recipient: '1 of 101 most influential people in Israel' (2010), The Marker; Candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize (within the framework of the "One Thousand Women" submission); “Career Women of the Year” (2003), Lady Globes.


Professor Sammy Smooha, Israel: Professor of Sociology Emeritus, former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Haifa; former President, Israeli Sociological Society. Editor: Arab-Jewish Relations in Israel. Author: Autonomy for Arabs in Israel? (1999). Recipient: Israel Prize for Sociology (2008).


The panel will be simultaneously translated into Hebrew, Arabic, and English.


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