Honor Killings –Research Workshop
Over 100 women in Israel were murder by their relatives since 2011. This research workshop organized by Israel Democracy Institute, Ebert foundation and the Jewish-Arab center was conducted in order to address this issue from a Legal point of view and promote a new book release on the matter " Kermnitzer Book".
The event was held on the 25 of May 2017 at the semi and Aviva ofer observatory located in University of Haifa. In this workshop, there was a presentation of opinions regarding the stated issue of honor killings and a dissociation about how the law deals with it.
The main participants in the event were: Prof. Oren Gazel Eyal, Prof. Rassem Khamaisi, Dr. Tehilla Altshuler,Mr.Werner Puchara, Prof. Miri Gur-Arye, Prof. Michael karayanni, Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer and Dr. Khaled Ghanim.
The Challenges of Tomorrow in Local Arab Government
The Arab society is undergoing a change.The needs and demands of this population are shifting and social changes are occurring. Those developments can be found in different aspects in the community, one example is the role of the clan inside the society itself, which some believe is transforming. Furthermore, those changes and trends are affecting the population in various levels, private, local and public. This conference was set In order to discuss the issues and challenges that the local Arab government is now facing. The event was held on the 16 of May 2017 by the political science school and the Jewish- Arab center at University of Haifa.
The conference started with an opening lecture from Prof. Rassem Khamaisi, who spoke about the challenges of planning in a changing society. Following that, there were three sessions, which dealt with current issues and challenges that the local Arab government is confronting, issues such as: the role of the clan in a changing Arab society, mixed cities and resource allocation to the Arab community and Transparency in local authorities.
The conference Participants included public figures and prominent academics from the Arab community: Mr. Yosef Abu Geffer , Treasurer of the Hura Council; Dr. Khaled Abu Asbah; Mr.Mahim Shibli, Head of the Umm el-Ghanem council; Mr. Adham Jamal, Deputy Mayor of Acre; and Ahmed Balaha, Member of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Council. The event ended with a light tune stand-up comedy performance from Mohammed Naama.
An Evening Dedicated to the Book Release "Conditional Citizenship: On Citizenship, Equality and Offensive Legislation"
An evening for the book launch of "conditional citizenship: on citizenship, equality and offensive legislation" by Sarah Ozacky-Lazar and Yousef Jabareen. The event was held in the Rabin Observatory at University of Haifa and started with opening statements from Prof. Rassem Khamaisi, Head of the Jewish- Arab center & Prof. Gad Barzilai from the Faculty of Law and the Rector office at University of Haifa. The two talked about the importance of the book in our society and education as it touches on influential issues that deal with the minority citizenship in the state. The evening continued with a roundtable of discussions and lectures, Yousef Jabareenfrom the Joint List, member of Knesset, talked about law, Rights and politics in the country, Dr. Tamar Hagar discussed how Arab citizens are lacking in discourse and academia. Dr. Tamar Hustovsky Brandes lectured on the relationship between loyalty and citizenship that occupies a central place in social and political discourse and Prof. Rassem Khamaisi talked about his research, which is part of the book, titled: "Between Man and Earth," that deals with the relationship between man and the land as the basis for many disputes and conflicts, being necessary resources for the existence of healthy human communities. Dr. Sarah Ozacky-Lazar guided the roundtable and responded to remarks that were said. The evening of the launch ended with questions and an extensive discussion of the issues raised in the lectures.
In Memory of Salman Natour
"The story has not yet ended" a seminar in memory of the author Salman Natour was held on Wednesday the 8th of march at the Aviva and Sami ofer observatory in the askol building, university of Haifa. A t the beginning of the conference opening statement and greeting were given by Prof. Rassem Khamaisi, the Head of the Jewish- Arab center, Mr. Maras Natour, Salman's family member and Ms. Arin Abdi Zo'abi Haifa City Council member and Mossawa center. Following that were the conference's sessions, the first session discussed the literary and theatrical legacy of Salman Natour which included Dr. Masoud Hmadn, the actor Omar Hleihel, Dr. Basilios Bwowardi and Dr. Yoni Mendel. The second session was called the creator and reality and included lectures given by Prof. Reuven Snir, Dr. Rauia Borbara, Prof. Mustafa Kabha and the author Dr. Nabih Al Qasim. The third and final session dealt with the social, Journalist and political activity of Natour and began with a musical segment featuring Mr. Amin Natour followed by lectures by the author Mohammed Nafa, and Mr. Jafar Farah Director of the Mossawa center. The seminar ended with a concluding lecture from Ms. Fida Zidane.
The Annual And Third Conference of "Arab Female Researchers Beyond The Window"
On Sunday the 5.3.2017 the annual conference of "Arab female researchers beyond the window" was held for the third time. The lectures and participators of the conference were the WO scholarship holders. The event started with an opening statement from the head of the Jewish Arab center Prof. Rassem Khamaisi followed by three sessions. The first session dealt with the female gender and experience, the lectures in this session talked about gender reading (a lecture by Dr. Hana Salman) , the challenges of Arab women in the Arab community in Israel (a lecture by Dr.Rabab Sarhan) and the experience of Arab women and a reading of songs for women's Day (a lecture by Manal Badarne) . The second session dealt with female researchers, health, infrastructure and history. The scholars lectured about the campaign to raise awareness to the Brucellosis disease in the Arab community (a lecture by Dr. Samira Aobir), about the decision making process for optimal planning of sewage systems (a lecture by Miriam Aghbariyya) and about mercenaries from the Aegean Sea in acre in the Persian period ( a lecture by Amani Abu Hamid) . The third and last session raised the subject of Education and teaching, the topics of the lectures were: I am a Literacy man: the skills required for 21st century (a lecture by Dr. Rauia borbora) and the implementation of Visual teaching tools (a lecture by Dr. Rima Barnesi). The conference ended with a discussion alongside questions from the audience and concluding remarks. This main event was covered by the press via television and an Arab newspaper and as a result from that many scholars that took part in the conference received calls and offers to participate in interviews for different shows.
Outcast Voices: Reflections on the marginalized, the exiled and secondary in classical and modern Arabic culture
The international conference was held by the department of Arabic language and literature in association with the Jewish –Arab center. It was a two days conference from the 11.01.2017 until the 12.01.2017 it was composed of four sessions that took place at the University of Haifa (at the Aviva and samy ofer observatory) and a day trip to Nazareth. The conference included a variety of lectures that were given from various international researchers like: Alexander Key from Stanford University, Avigail Noy from Harvard University and Rachel schine from the University of Chicago. The researchers raised important issues concerning the outcast voices in the Arab community. The lectures dealt with subjects like:" Persian Outcasts? The deviation at the heart of classic Arabic", Voices in Desert? Reading the Qurʾān by Arabic Postmodernists", " Mahdist Movements of the 10th century in Baghdad". In the second day of the conference the researchers traveled to the city of Nazareth, which is full of culture and religion, they visited churches and Mosques around the city and experienced the historical wealth of the city. Towards the end of the conference and after the trip to Nazareth, the researchers returned to the university for the fourth and last session and concluding remarks.
A Tribute to the Poet and Author Mahmoud Darwish
A musical night in honor of Mahmoud Darwish was held on the 27.11.2016 in Kibbutz Cabri. The event included the participation of Jewish and Arab culture personas, musicians, actors, poets and academics. The night was a tribute of recognition and appreciation to the creations of Mahmoud and to the faith that there is a foundation for coexistence between two people that live in the same land. The event was produced by Issam Khoury and Haim Shenhar, the Musical Director of the evening was Dr. Taiseer Haddad which also conducted the Municipal Conservatoire "Katrina " tarshiha Orchestra.
Building and Planning in the Arab community
on Thursday the 29.09.2016 a conference was hels on the raising subject of building and planning in the Arab community. the even took place in the Hecht hall which is located in the main buliding at University of Haifa.The conference started with an opening statements from Prof. Rassem Khamaisi- Head of the Jewish- Arab center, Dr. Thabet Abu Rass- Abraham Fund Co-Executive, Ola Najami Yosef Women and youth Leadership project manager at Abraham fund, Judith Stelmach- Project Manager FES Israel and Achlas Zabas – krackra social worker and women leadership course alumni. The conference included three sessions, the first one dealt with "planning and building reality in the Arab community; challenges and opportunities, the second one was on the subject of building and planning issue in the Arab localities as a study case. The third session focused on building and planning from a gender view point and discussed the influence of land and housing on women's life. In the closing section of the event, the alumni of the women's political social leadership course were granted diplomas.
The Board of Governors
German friends association festive promoting empowerment and coexistence, the festive event was conducted on the 9th of June at the student house in the University of Haifa .the festive included greetings from Mr. Amos Shapira the president of the university, an open dialogue with Mrs. Sonja Lahnstein- Kandel the president of the German friends association and vice chairman of the board of governors and Dr. Dalia Fadila president of Al Qasemi academy. Following that there was a presentation of leading social projects supported by the German friends association. The projects show how coexistence and empowerment through educational grounds can be achieved. One main project that was mentioned in the panel was our classmates for coexistence program which offers a unique chance to bond and bridge. The event continued with Prof. Majid Al- Haj words on challenges of multiculturalism in Israel with emphasis on Haifa University and ended with the awarding of scholarships.
Shortly after the event the wo scholars convened with representatives from the German association in order to congratulate and get to know more about the scholars and their lives. The scholars explained their road to the academia and the important role education has in society
"The second WO conference "A Second Window to Female Arab Researcher"
As part of our networking activities and ongoing tradition The Jewish- Arab center and the head of the center professor Rassem Khamaisi held a second Werner Otto conference in Nazareth/ Yafa.
The participators and lecturers in the conference were past and present scholars. About 70 People came to participate and take part in the conference. The organization was carried out by a scholar steering committee that included Dr. Rima Abu Jaber-Baransi, Dr. Rawia Borbara and shua sibel.
The conference, held on the 21/05/2016 at Yafa Community Center has met our objectives. First and foremost, it has strengthened the sense among each one of the WO recipients that they are part of a significant and collaborative project that aims at the advancement of the Arab women and her enrollment in the academic domain. Compared with others, this conference was organized on behalf of the female Arab researchers, so that it was a friendly supportive social encounter.
Next to the overall friendly atmosphere, this conference has nonetheless been an arena for intellectual interchange. The speakers, who were all granted the Werner Otto scholarship, some of which have also become distinguishable public figures, have delighted our ears with their latest research and findings. The fourth central panels covered an immense body of research in a variety of fields: literature and language, education (whether mainstream or special), social studies and health. The lectures were followed by intriguing discussions that linked the theories with real life experiences which the audience related to and inquired upon.
A Night of honoring Mahmud Dervish
On the 13.03.2015 The Jewish –Arab center held a musical night of honor for Mahmud Dervish at 20:00 in the Suzanne Dallal Center, Tel aviv. Dervish was supposed to celebrate his 75 birthday if he was alive.
The evening was in a singing and music format. The participators in the evening were:
Yusef Abu Varda, Mohammad Bakri, Tamar Ben-Ami, Haim Gouri, Nehemia Dagan, Havala Haj dvesi, Yair Dalal, Imad Dalal, Meir Wieseltier, Rafi Vichart, Itzik Weingarten, Maor zaguri, Michael Kfir, Amir Lev, Hani Livne, Ohad Naharin, Ronny Someck, Clminas Awad, Lana Fahom, Sarah von Schwarza, Haim Shener, Reuven Snir and others.
The Droze youth and the informal educational settings in a changing society
On the 29.02.2016 the Droze youth and informal educational settings in a changing society conference was held
the opening remarks were delivered by Prof. Rassem Khamaisi the head of the Jewish- Arab center, Mr. Hashem Hussein general director of the regional collaboration ministry, Mr. Yossi Malka director in the ma'ase youth program. After the opening statements there was a lecture from Dr. Hagit Klibanski titled "why should I have an educational setting? The Potential contribution of informal educational programs to the youth. After the lecture Ms. Anat kedem presented data about youth activities and the impact of those activities. Following the data were two panels. The first one was on the subject of the contribution of informal educational settings in forming identity and self-development. The panel moderator was Ms. Galia khovesh the director of a training center in the ministry of education in the north district. The participators in this panel were Prof. Zahavit Gross from ber illan university Mr, Magid fragge educational department director in rama, Mr. Yossi Kitov director of the department of social, north district. Ms. Watffa Kanaan director of yarka youth center. The second penal was on the subject of informal education as a contributor to the building of a society and a community; the discussion was led by Ms. Walid Moula from oranim college and university of Haifa. The participators in this panel were Ms. Sahar mahameed from Oranim College, Dr. Randa abbas the dean of acadmic studies in the educational Arab college of Haifa, Mr. Monir Dhaar Sajur youth center director. The conference ended with concluding remarks on the subjects that were presented in the conference and the understanding that there a need for further .studies in the field
Conference of civilian terror: the crime and violence status in the Arab community
The conference was held at the 23.11.2015, Sunday, in the Sami and Aviva ofer lookout point, main building, Haifa university. The opening statements were held by Prof. Rassem Khamaisi, head of the Jewish- Arab center Haifa University. Sheikh Camel Rian, chair of Aman- the arab center for a safe society. And Mr Ami Ayalon chair in the Board of Directors at Haifa university. The conference had two sessions: the first session was : "Crime: Causes, motives and challenges of coping ".lecturers in this session were: prof. Rassem Khamaisi Head of the Jewish Arab center, Haifa university and Dr Nouad Ali, the west galil college and Haifa university .Dr Ali presented the book : civilian terror : the crime and violence status in the Arab community. Dr Reg'ada alnabulsi from the Roppin academic center and Sapir College talked about the issue of violence towards Palestinian women in the context of social- culture and socio-political manner, Prof Aria Ratner, Dr Sami Miwhary from Tel Aviv university and the Israeli democracy institute gave a speech about crime and economics. The second session was about basing social and community resources in order to cope with the violence. The lecturers of this session were : Adv. Rada G'abar, CEO at Aman Arab center for safe society, Ms.Awida Toma, Member of the Knesset Dr. Ahmed Tibi, Member of the Knesset Mr. Moshe Mizrahi, Adv.Taleb Al- Sana and the chair of the committee to diminish violence in the Arab community. The closing remarks were said by Dr. Nouad Ali. The findings of two surveys that were held in 2005 and 2007 show clearly that the violence phenomenon is perceived by the majority of the public in israel as the most severe problem. The violence in the Arabic community is the most severe violence taking place in Israel. there is hardly a day that goes by without hearing from the Arab media about a murder, a shooting ,a fight or a violence event of some sort. the conference aims to transport the conversation of violence in Arab community to an academic and intelligent discussion in order to find out how it affects the all society in israel and the state institutes. An issue that didn’t get much attention in the academic institution in the past.
Photo exhibition for " The classmates for coexistence program"
An exhibition that took place on the 29.1. 2015, Thursday, in the lobby of the main building and showed photos of the atmosphere of the project gave the members throughout the year. The photos that were displayed in this exhibition were taken in meetings of the group in Israel and Germany. In the summer the members of the project traveled as a delegation to the campus of Erfurt University in Germany and stayed there for ten days in a summer camp. The summer camp focused on coexistence, pluralism and tolerance. The all project" the classmates for coexistence" aims to merge the students together and to encourage coexistence. In addition to the photos there is also a graffiti of words on the wall of the entrance hall. The words are in Arabic and beneath them is their meaning in Hebrew. All the people that walk by can see the project. The exhibition shows how coexistence between Jewish and Arab students can occur in a campus. This exhibition opens a window to other thoughts. In the display prof. Rassem khamaisi talked about the program and certain members talked about their experience being a part of the program and how it enriched their lives. The members stated that they now meet outside the campus and learn about each other and from each other. This project reflects theability to create a bridge between the two peoples and shows how coexistence can occur.
The second akko conference for the quality of the government in Israel 2015
The conference was on the 12.1.2015 in the harry Solomon building in the west galil college. The conference was held by the quality of government college, the city council of akko, the treasures of the galil, the Jewish- arab center, Haifa university and the academic college of west galil. The conference opened with a musical tune played by akkos city conservatory. The opening remarks was from the mayor of akko Mr Simon Lenkeri, The chair of the government quality movement and the college of it lawyer Eliad Sraga . The chair of the managing committee retired admiral Eibal Giladi, the strauss-group MS reaia strauss Ben Dror. The head of the Jewish- Arab center, Haifa university, prof. rassem khmissi. The conference had three sessions:
- Between regulation and autonomy- relation of the government and local authority in Israel.
- Issues of Transparency in the government and local authority.
- The rise of quality leadership in the public sector in Israel.
The host of the conference was the manager of the ethic center, the college of quality government Dr shay Nachoshtay. The conference dealt with the quality of government in Israel, how the government acts and its transparency. Also an important question was raised "how can we build a quality leadership in Israel?".
18.104.22.1685- International conference" Modern Preaching Of Islam:Salafis, Islamic Movements, Muslim States".
The conference it shelf was a three days workshop; international researchers took part in it. researchers from all over the world like Copenhagen, Princeton, Geneva, Erfurt, Bialystok all came to Haifa university. The conference was initiated by prof. itzack weisman former head of the Jewish Arab center in Haifa University and a lecturer at the history and Middle East department at Haifa University. It was held in the senate hall, floor 29th at Eshkol building. The conference discussed the Islamic religion and how it's carried out in the world today. They talked about the salafis, the Islamic movements and Muslim states in the world. During the three days there were lecturers from the top researchers in the world. They came to Haifa university in order to discuss the issue of modern preaching of Islam
The lecture of prof. Giahad AlSana
Held on the 15.12.2014 the lecture was in the looking point in the rabin building at Haifa university. The spokesman was prof. giahad aldana, which is the director of ahod science high school in the Negev. The subject of the lecture was " project for promoting the Arab society in the Negev. The lecture indicated how a high school can promote the Arab society and the importance of the science as a tool for prompting and empowerment the Arab society. The lecture was a platform for an important subject such as integration and the advancement of the Arab society. The significance of education and the investment in science in the arab society will help strengthen and decrease the gaps in the society and will form a basis of development and prosperity in the all society.
The first Otto Werner scholars conference
On the 11.11.2014, Tuesday, took place the first conference of the Otto Werner scholar. It was held at the Rabin building, in the lookout point of the building. The conference was from 8:00am to 15:10pm and the subject of the conference was "Arab female researchers across the window". It had three sessions; the first session was "Examining linguistic and literary routes" Chair: Dr. Ali Hassan - Department of Arabic Language And Literature, University of Haifa. The second session "Exploring Educational Issues", the chair of this session was Dr. Aura Mor, from the center of language, culture and learning, London university. The third session was " Between Body And Soul" the chair of this session was Prof Rassem Khamisi, Head of the Jewish -Arab Center, Haifa university. Concluding remarks was held by the Organizing committee :Lubna Hadad Tanous, Hana Saliba Salman ,Rina Mazzawi and Manal Badarne. The goal of the conference was to provide a stage for young Arab researchers. This conference, helped to display part of the research held by the young researchers of the Otto Werner scholar at the beginning of their way in the academic world. This conference aspires to enable young Arab women to present their academic research in a supportingatmosphere. The intention of all of this is that it will benefit their academic and research experience. Our believe is that this experience is essential and will aid to increase the scholars confidence, personal and professional. Also, the conference will enable the scholars and the other student participators a personal learning experience in a sponsorship of experienced academics. The hope is that this experience will push the young Arab scholars to stick to the academic road and the pick the academia as their main career. This conference provided an opportunity for the scholars to meet up, to communicateamongst themselves and with the researchers public. And in this way to connect them to the academic and research world.