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The Jewish-Arab Centre hosts a round tables seminar about "Fostering a culture of peace – The contribution of actions to interfaith understanding"

 

 

University of Haifa, September 15, 2013

The Jewish Arab Centre, in cooperation with Universal Peace Federation (UPF), Jerusalem Interfaith Forum, had hosted a seminar titled "Fostering a culture of peace – The contribution of actions to interfaith understanding" in celebration of the International Day of Peace

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יחסי מיעוט ורוב בישראל ובדרום טירול

Anti Racism conference at Tel Hai College

The conference was held in cooperation with the Center for Peace and Democracy, joint chair by Tamar Hagar and Tofaha Saba.

Prof Itchak Weismann, Head of the Jewish Arab Center, spoke during the second session. Prof Weismann presented a historical review on the attitude of Zionism towards racism. He indicated in his review that Zionist have promoted quite liberal values since its early history, but in the reality since 1967, following the occupation of the territories, the rise of Jewish and Muslim fundamentalism and the growing rifts in Israeli society is threatening with growing racism. Prof Weismann concluded by stating his believe that the way to fight growing racism is by striving to set clear boundaries, sane religion and pluralistic education.

Third meeting: Conditional Citizenship? – Legislation to Restrict Human Rights in Israel

The third meeting was hosted by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. The discussion was chaired by Dr. Yusuf Jabareen of Markaz Dirasat, together with Dr. Sarah Osacky-Lazar from the Van Leer Institute. The meeting included a group analysis of the results of the elections for the 19th Knesset and their impact on the status of the Arab minority in Israel and on discriminating legislations. Views of the group members varied, but two opinions could be distinguished: the first identifies a weakening in the right-wing parties which will weaken the wave of legislative proposals and laws that affect the status of the Arab minority, and noticeable increases in the social and economic issues. The second opinion says that there wasn't any significant change in these elections, because leftist parties are underrepresented in the coalition,  which will further harm the status of the Arab minority when the laws that the Knesset had inherited from its predecessor are enforced and promote indirect discrimination, such as conditioning the provision of government budget with military\civil service.