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Our Conferences


A special day with “My Wave” Association

On Monday, April 11, 2022, the "My Wave" organization, in collaboration with the Arab-Jewish Center, initiated a second exposure day. During an intermission between classes, the association presented students with a booth full of information and activities in hopes of finding volunteers from different communities. "My Wave" operates a unique and one of a kind educational program for teens in risk, and uses waves as an educational tool.



“Meeting Together”: An introductory meeting between the coordinators of the Road Association and the Arab-Jewish Center 

On Thursday, March 24, the Arab-Jewish Center and the Road Association held a special acquaintance meeting between the coordinators of the Road Program from all around the country (from north to south) and the Jewish-Arab Center at the University. The purpose of the event was to introduce the program coordinators to the uniqueness of the university, as a leading academic institute that promotes its students.

The meeting was attended by about 75 coordinators of the Road Association who work in schools in all parts of the country. Their role is to advise, assist and make higher education accessible to high school students from Arab society.

During the meeting the coordinators toured around the campus and heard details about new curriculums and programs that the University as to offer.

With a shared goal of exposing young Arab students to the benefits of the academia, this event will surely create more fruitful collaborations inthe future.





“The Surface”- a lecture by Ohad Hemo

On Wednesday, March 16, 2022 the Arab-Jewish Center organized a special lecture by Ohad Hemo - the Palestinian Affairs Correspondent for the Israeli Television News Company, author of the book "The Surface", and winner of the Sokolov Prize for Press for 2021.

What runs like the second thread in Ohad Hemo's articles is the respectful dialogical relationship he produces with his interviewees, an attitude that is the cornerstone of the Jewish-Arab Center and present in all its activities.

During his lecture, he shared his many experiences in the territories and throughout Israel, and elaborated about his encounters with the people on the other side.

About 230 Professors,administrators and students from various faculties in the university came to this one of a kind, fascinating lecture.





A Gateway to the Academia and a Bridge to Appropriate Employment

On Thursday, March 10, the Arab-Jewish Center in collaboration with the Road Association held a conference on the subject of "A Gateway to the Academia and a Bridge to Appropriate Employment."

This is the fifth time in a row that this event has been held by the Jewish-Arab Center and it reflects the vision of making the academy accessible to those of the Arab students who are interested in academic studies.

The conference included the participation of heads of departments andheads of top and leading programs at the University:

Prof. Muna Maron and Ms. Renad Jabrin - from the Department of Neuroscience, Head of the Department of Economics - Prof. Michael Gross, Head of the Department of Economics - Prof. Shiran Rachmilevitch, Head of the Department of Computer Science - Prof. Rachel Kolodny and Head of the Department of Biophysics - Prof. Gilad Lifshitz.

Together they explained and elaborated to students what options lie ahead for them if they choose the academia path.

Over 250 twelfth-grade students from Arab community who are now considering their future attended this event.

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"My Wave"

On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, the "My Wave" organization, in collaboration with the Arab-Jewish Center, initiated a special day. During an intermission between classes, the association presented students with a booth full of information and activities in hopes of finding interested people and volunteers from different communities. "My Wave" operates a unique and one of a kind educational program for teens in risk, and uses waves as an educational tool.






 A Gateway to the Academia and a Bridge to Appropriate Employment

On Thursday, December 2, 2021, the Arab-Jewish Center in cooperation with the Road Association held a unique conference called "Gateway to the Academy and Bridge to Appropriate Employment."

This is the fourth time in a row that this event has been organized by the Jewish-Arab Center and it reflects the vision of making the academy accessible to Arab students who are interested in higher education.

The meeting was attended by about 150 twelfth-grade pupils from Arab society from the north who are currently considering their future careers.

Through personal stories of the Werner Otto programgraduates (a scholarship for outstanding Arab women students), students were exposed to inspiring success stories of advanced students at the University and to the options that the university can offer them if they chose an academic path.

In addition to that, representatives of the Pre- Acadmic Unit and the Dean office also participated in the conference and expanded on the opportunities that students can receive in order to integrate into the academia.


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 Endometriosis Conference

On Tuesday, November 16, 2021 the Jewish-Arab Center together with the Israel Endometriosis Association, held a special explanatory conference for female students andthe University staff in order to raise awareness to the endometriosis disease.

This disease is common among women of childbearing age and yet for the most part, the public is not highly aware of it.

Specialist doctors from a variety of hospitals around the country attended the conference and spoke about the diagnosis and symptoms of the disease and possible treatments. They explained how an early diagnosis of the disease could help and facilitate the lives of many women.

Disseminating information about endometriosis is extremely important for it can save years of incorrect tests and diagnoses.

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The Druze Society in Israel: Challenges of the now and the Hope of the Young Generation

On Tuesday, November 2, 2021 the Arab-Jewish Center in collaboration with the Walter Libach Institute for the Study of Arab-Jewish Coexistence at Tel Aviv University and the Druze Press Forum in Israel held a unique conference called "The Druze Society in Israel: Challenges of the Now and the hope of the Young Generation”.

The conference began with opening words from Mr. Kamal Adwan, the Druze Press Forum in Israel and Prof. Amal Jamal from the Libach Institute for the Study of Jewish-Arab Coexistence at Tel Aviv University.

The first session of the conference is called "The Druze and the Modern State" and includes Dr. Yossri Khizran, Dr. Thair Abu Saleh and Adv. Said Nafa.

The second session was on "Culture and Political Behavior in the Shadow of Social Change in Druze Society" and was attended by Dr. Salim Brick, Dr. Rami Zidane and Prof. Amal Jamal.

The third session discussed "changes in the structure of the Druze family, challenges and opportunities" and presented a female panel of researchers who expanded on the recent changes within the family unit and how it is conducted.

The fourth session talked about the intergenerational struggle that is taking place in Druze society and it included Dr. Suad Abu Rokon, Sheikh Imad Abu Rish and Adv. Nasrin Abu Asala.

The conference ended with a panel of Q&A. the conference attendees came from various organizations and regions in the country.

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Job Fair

On Monday, July 12, 2021, the Jewish - Arab Center together with the Ryan Centers held a virtual Job fair (third in number) designed especially for students and graduates from the Arab society. As part of its vision, the center believes that finding appropriate and respectful employment will make a significant contribution to the well-being of graduates and all populations living in Israel.

Over 100 students and graduates from a variety of faculties and departments registered for this unique event. The fair presented positions from leading companies, including: the Center for Autism Research, BMC, the electricity company, ADNM, Philips, Green Frost, RJM, Babcom and the Human Resources Department at the University of Haifa. All of these offered over 50 positions to Arab students and graduates at the University of Haifa.




Divorce among Women in Palestinian Society in Israel: The Causes, the Experience, and the Meaning

On Thursday, May 6, the Center for Family Research and Study jointly with the Jewish- Arab Center held a unique online conference "Divorce among Women in Palestinian Society in Israel: The Causes, the Experience, and the Meaning”.

The event opened with the remarks of Prof. Adital Ben-Ari, Head of the Jewish- Arab Center, and Dr. Alex Altshuler, Director of Humanities and Society at the Ministry of Science and Technology, who noted the importance of comprehending the issue and its magnitude. Prof. Khawla Abu Bakr began the first session with her lecture "Family, Gender and Palestinian Civil Society in Israel: Changes and Social and Mental Stability" in which she presented the experiences of married women in Arab society and the separation processes they go through along with general and statistical background on marriage, fertility , Divorce and Singles.

The second lecture was given by Dr. Maha Karkabi Sabah, from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ben Gurion University of the Negev who was also the moderator of the event. The presentation titled "Divorce in the Palestinian Society in Israel: The Experience and the Factors” revealed data from a three-year study that was conducted on the subject of divorce in Arab society, and stressed the importance of understanding the processes of change that the population is experiencing and whether there is a connection between the changes and marital instability.

The third lecture in the session: "InDifferentiated Paths? A Comparative Look at Separation and Divorce", was presented by Dr. Amit Kaplan of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Academic College. Dr. Kaplan showed data from studies she has conducted on the subject and talked about the connection between dealing with the issue and socioeconomic characteristics.

Dr. Ahmed Halihal from the Central Bureau of Statistics closed the session with a lecture entitled "Change in Perceptions of Marriage and Divorce", Dr. Khalil spoke about the changing perception of factors that affect the success of a marital relationship and the attitudes of the population towards divorce and equality. The conference ended with a Q&A section. Many participants from different fields joined this conference, intrigued to discover how divorce affects women in Arab society.





Meeting with our WO Graduates

On Monday, December 7, 2020, the Jewish- Arab Center and the German Friends Association, held a special virtual meeting with the Werner Otto Program graduates and the members of the Friends Association from Germany. At the meeting, the scholars shared their personal stories as Arab women who study for advanced degrees and elaborated about the experiences and challenges they faced in the academia and even spoke on how they deal with the challenging period of COVID 19. This event highlighted the importance of academia in reducing social gaps and increasing equality.




A Gateway to the Academia & A Bridge towards Proper Employment

On Tuesday 17.11.2020, the Jewish-Arab center in collaboration with the Road association organized a unique zoom conference with the WO recipients called “A Gateway to the Academia & A Bridge towards Proper Employment”. The event had two main goals, one was to give the WO recipients a stage to present their life stories, success and studies especially in this difficult time, and the second was to introduce young students to the academia world.

The scholarship recipients shared their personal life stories and success in the academy with 300high school student from the Arab community.

The conference started with the opening words of Prof. Adital Ben Ari, the Head of the Jewish- Arab Center, Prof Ben Ari Emphasized the importance of the continuum between choosing an academic field of study and finding a suitable and respectful employment in the workforce market.

After her, the director of Road association Mr. Ashraf Jabour explained the contribution of this conference and the importance of talking in Arabic and Hebrew and integrating in the academia.

The panel of the conference included the WO scholars Dr. Frida Abu Rass, Dr. Shem Hamze, Dr. Reifa Jebrain and Dr. Janan Saba. Each talked about their life in the academiaand the barriers they had to overcome. Through this meeting, the students were exposed to inspirational stories and the possibilities they may face if they choose the path of academia.




A Musical concert starring Inas Masalha

On April 10, the Jewish- Arab center organized a unique musical concert in the main building at Haifa University, starring the international opera singer Inas Masalha. As part of “Art and creation in a shared space” theme and dedicated to the WO recipients, this evening was full of classic music, setting a one of a kind atmosphere to all the participants. The event gave the WO scholars an opportunity to meet and connect and more than that, it provided a meeting place for both the Jews and Arab, exposing and unveiling a new cultural layer, where one can get to know the other.

With an ensemble of different musiciansand musical instruments, songs of hope and love in Arabic, Hebrew and Italianaccompaniedthe evening. The music repertoireincluded romance and religious songs like; I am black by Marc Lavry, So in love by Cole Porter, I Want to Dance from My Fair Lady and Oh Miriam by Fairuz. This event gave a glimpse to a mixture of cultures combined, bestowing a special experience to all who came.


"Barriers and Opportunities of Employment in the Arab Society"

 Conference & Job Fair#2

On Tuesday, 12.3.2019, the Jewish-Arab Center in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung held a conference and a job fair in the Hecht Auditorium at University of Haifa. This was the second conference in number and its goal was to bridge the existing gaps in society and to help students from the Arab community in finding a job.

The opening remarks were delivered by Prof. Adital Ben-Ari, head of the Jewish-Arab Center and Ms. Yehudit Stelmach of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The two spoke about the importance of the day and this activity and its significance for students at the University of Haifa. The event’s moderator was the distinguished journalist and media man, Mr. Zuhair Bahlul.

The first panel of the conference was titled: "What Helps and gets in the way of finding a job in the Arab community". Mr. Imad Talhami, Chairman of Babcom, Mr. Ashraf Jabbour, Director-General of the Road Program, Dr. Mahmoud Yazbak of the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, The accessibility of higher education to minorities and attorney Miriam Kabha, national commissioner - the Equal Opportunities Commission. All these provided tips and advice on how to integrate into the employment market and offered new and different views on the dynamic labor market.

The second panel of the conference included success stories from the first conference held and presented the employers participating in the fair that will offered positions for all students from the Arab community at the university. The conference ended with a unique and comedic performance by comedian Ayman Nahas.

116 students from various departments and faculties participated in the conference and fair, as well as top-tier employers such as Teva, Check Point, the Israel Bar Association and the Human Resources Division at the University of Haifa, all offered more than 60 positions to Arab students and graduates at the University of Haifa.


"A Gateway to the Academia & A Bridge towards Proper Employment"

 An exclusive conference set up especially for Arab High schools from around the country, with the aim of exposing young people to the academic world, and all its faculties, departments and study programs, and presenting them with possibilities for the upcoming future.The event took place on Tuesday, 27.11.2019 at the Haifa University Student House, and gave students a glimpse of the alternatives available to them upon completing high school.

The opening remarks were given by; Prof. Adital Ben Ari, Head of the Arab Jewish Center, and Mr. Ashraf Jabbour, Director of the Roed Program, who emphasized the importance of event and the long-term cooperation.

Prof. Muna Maroun, Head of the Neurobiology Department, Chair of the Steering Committee on Higher Education for Arab Society and member of the Planning and Budgeting Committee, was the first speaker at the conference. In her lecture, "Choosing the Right Way to Succeed,"  Prof. Maroun revealed her life story and her academic way, and presented the Obstacles and successes she experienced over the years.

Prof. Mahmoud Yazbak, from the Middle East and Islamic Studies Department and head of the program to make the academy accessible to Arab students, was the second speaker. Prof. Yazbak spoke about the history, identity and future of Arab society.

The third lecture of the conference was by Ms. Riham Kayf - Shahadim, national head of academic placement in the public sector and coordinator of the Mentoring Employment Program, Alpenar. Ms. Riham Kayf - Shahadim emphasized the importance of exposure and knowledge and integration in the public sector. She presented the merits of this sector, while examining how one may blend into it, and why students should consider joining in the future.

The event ended with a panel of students. The participators were: Yazid Ghanaim, a doctoral student in the Department of Counseling and Human Development, Ibrahim Jubran, a computer science doctoral student, Bashir Sabbah, a first-year student from the Department of Psychology and the moderator of the conference and panel Dr. Hadile Ounallah Saad, responsible for an employment project for Arab graduates at the Jewish-Arab Center.

Each speaker unraveled his life story and elaborated on his personal path through the academic tracks. In the end of the panel, the panelists spoke with the students, personally, in the Q & A section where the students addressed questions to each panelist. The event emphasized the importance of higher education in reducing existing social gaps and creating a more egalitarian reality.






"Barriers and Opportunities of Employment in the Arab Society"

 Conference & Job Fair

On Wednesday June 20, a unique conference and job fair titled “Barriers and Opportunities of Employment in the Arab Society” took place. The Jewish-Arab Center and the Friedrich-Ebert- Foundation, initiated this special event.

In her opening words,  the Head of the Jewish Arab center, Prof. Ben Ari stated “That maintaining the continuity between academic studies and finding a suitable employment for our Arab graduates will not only contribute to the welfare of the graduates, but also to society in general, to both the Arab and Jewish populations in Israel. The issue of employment of Arab academics is especially important at university of Haifa, since 41% of our bachelors graduates are Arab. As such, the conference, and the job fair, are of a very practical nature: they aim to help find relevant, significant and respectful workplaces. In our work of identification and intensive recruitment, we managed to create a pool of about 60 jobs, which were available at the fair for our Arab graduates. When I talk about this vision as an outline, I actually say that the conference and the fair are not a one-time event, but only the first step in this important issue. The Jewish-Arab Center is working on developing an extensive plan that will ensure the continuity of employment throughout the academic years, while conducting workshops to find specific work for the various faculties and in accordance with changing market conditions”.

Following that, Mrs. Yehudit Stelmach from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Prof. Faisal Azaiza- Dean of the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences came on stage and spoke about the importance of the dayand its purpose.

The first panel of the day was called “What helps and what gets in the way of finding a job in the Arab society? The keynote speakers were entrepreneurs and executives from the High tech sector. Mr. Imad Telhami, Chairman of Babcom discussed the “The Secrets of Success”, Mr. Itzik Fried, Managing Partner at Takwin spoke of “High-tech investments by Arab Entrepreneurs”, Mr. Danny Gal, CEO of Kav Mashve talked about “What is more important? Spending time studying or looking for a job?”, Dr. Asmaa Ganayem, from InnDigital Technological and Social Progress” spoke about “Employment in High-tech: Gaps and Desire" and Mr. Shadi Haddad, Customer Portfolio Manager, KAM, Collective Impact- (The partnership for a breakthrough in Arab employment) raised the subject of “The Bridge between Academia and Employment- My responsibility as a student”.

The day ended with an exclusive job fair. Designed to narrow the gaps of employment inequality, the event included 20 stands of recruiters from various organizations and companies, which gave the Arab students and graduates an opportunity to contact with different employers. Each organization /company in the fair offered information and several positions for Arab candidates.

This day was the first and significant step in realizing the vision of the Jewish-Arab Center.




The Fourth Conference for the Werner Otto scholarships titled:-

"Art and Creation in a Shared Space"

On Monday June 11, as part of the Werner Otto network, the Jewish- Arab center in collaboration with the School of Arts at the University of Haifa held a conference titled "Art and Creation in a Shared Space”. The event exposed the WO scholars to the important concept that art and creativity can create bridges between groups of different backgrounds, through respectful dialogues. The Conference Moderator who presented all the sections in the event was Dr. Hana Salman Saliba, which is a WO scholarship recipient from the department of English Language and literature.

This unique event was composed of four sections: the first part included a concert of the Jewish-Arab Orchestra conducted by Prof. Taysir Elias. The orchestra played songs of hope and love in Hebrew, Arabic and English. Among the songs were Nicolai Fabiwani's "Life is Beautiful", "When You Believe" and "Mawashah Lama badha". After the concert, the second part of the day began when participants took a guided tour through the final exhibition of the master's degree program in the Art Department with Prof. Uri Katzenstein. The exhibition took place in Arts building and exposed the crowd to the independent works of the students.

The third part of the day included the lectures of Werner Otto alumni about language and art researchers , Dr. Rawia Burbara from the Ministry of Education, the Pedagogical Secretariat, Oranim College (with a lecture called “Will reconciliation between languages change the fate (Maktob)”? ) and Dr. Hanan Bashara from the academic college for education in Israel, Haifa ( with a lecture named “When Creativity and Art meet”). The two scholars spoke about the similarities between the Arabic language and the Hebrew language and the difference in their status in society, thus exposing their research to the public.The event ended with a collection of scenes from the play "Efganiah Olis", presented by Dr. Dorit Yerushalmi and directed by Salwa Nakara. This day was proof that art could serve as a bridge between populations and opened a window for understanding and creating dialogue in a shared space.








A cultural evening with Amal Murkus

As part of the "Art and Creativity in a Shared Space" project, a special cultural evening was held on Monday, March 19, 2008, which included the appearance of Amal Murkus. The evening began with the opening remarks of the head of the Arab-Jewish Center, Prof. Adital Ben-Ari, who presented her vision for the Center's activities. Prof. Ben Ari seeks to promote a number of central themes that she believes can contribute to the fabric of relations between Jews and Arabs on campus, the first of which is art and creativity in a shared space

 Both Jewish and Arab students and academic and administrative staffattended the event.This evening represented the idea that art and creativity can serve as a bridge to facilitate dialogue between groups with a different cultural, national, religious and ethnic background, thereby opening a channel for a common dialogue.





A joint tribute to the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish

On 18.3.2018, a special evening was held at Kibbutz Ein Hahoresh to honor the poet Mahmoud Darwish. The event was sponsored by the Jewish-Arab Center at the University of Haifa, Mahmoud Darwish association in Kfar Yassif, in cooperation with Prof. Adital Ben-Ari, Prof. Rafi Weichert, Mr. Issam Khoury and Mr. Haim Shenhar. The evening included the participation of Jewish and Arab audiences, from Emek Hefer, the Triangle settlements and other parts of the country, and performances by Jewish and Arab artists who read poetry such as Agi Mishol, Yehuda Amichai and Roni Someck. The music and poetry that accompanied the evening was in both languages, Arabic and Hebrew.The purpose of this evening was to bring cultures closer and to share Jews and Arabs through a tribute to Mahmoud Darwish's esteemed poetry and by exposing her similarities to the Hebrew poetry.




“Embracing Diversity” – Youth’s views and responsibilities


An event that dealt with the subject of embracing diversity- youth’s views and responsibilities, and included the participation of students from China. Ms. Tzameret Zohar, Managing Director of the International School at University of Haifa,delivered the opening speech; She discussed the importance of diversity and knowledge of different cultures. Following that was the speech of Ms. Laura Lu, Director of China's mainland affairs, at the Hong Kong polytechnic University, Lu talked about the contribution of their visit and their exposure to the cultural diversity in our country.

The first part of the conference began with a lecture by the head of the Jewish-Arab Center at the University of Haifa, Prof. Adital Ben-Ari. Ben-Ari explained to the students the cultural diversity of the country and presented the role of the center and its contribution in the cultural aspect. The Jewish-Arab Center promotes good relations between the Jewish and Arab populations and strives to create dialogue and cooperation between the two sides. In order to achieve this, it operates in several spheres, academic, social and spatial. In addition, Prof. Ben-Ari spoke about the importance of cultural tolerance on campus and beyond. After her lecture, Prof. Ben-Ari presented Suzanne Khir Saleh, a doctoral student at Haifa University, who belongs to the Arab sector. Suzanne talked about her experiences and feelings as a Druze student at the University of Haifa and explained how she fits  in the Israeli academia.

In the second part of the conference, students from the Chinese delegation presented research cases and topics dealing with cultural diversity in their country. The conference participants came from three different universities in China, Peking University, Polytechnic and Jiaotong. In their lectures, the students presented towns that changed over time culturally. They pointed out major issues that are taking place due to the cultural diversity, and even proposed new solutions in order to integrate the various cultures in the city. The event ended with the opening of the stage for the audience, in a panel of Q & A.




Book Launching

An evening presentation dedicated to the books of Prof. Kais Firro andDr. Massoud Hamdan, held on 21.12.2017 at the Aviva and Sammy Ofer Observatory, 30th floor, University of Haifa.

The event started with an opening statement from Prof. Rassem Khamaisi,Former head of the Jewish-Arab center.

Following Prof. Khamaisi's remarks, Professor Kais from the Department of Middle Eastern History presented his new book dealing with the culture of the Arab Naheda and the discourse of collective identities in Egypt and Syria.

Dr. Massoud Hamaden was the second speaker of the evening. Hamaden discussed his book on writing in the service of the truth: modern Arab Theories and creations as local culture.

The third part of the evening included a discussion with the attendees. The conference Participants came from different fields, students, academics and professionals.The conference ended with a summary of the hosts and a presentation of the books for review.





From Damage to Fusion: Restorative Justice and Restorative Discourse in Israel


The evening opened with the words of prof. Rassem Khamaisi, the Head of the Jewish- Arab center who talked about the connection between the Restorative justice and the Koran. The incoming President of the Haifa District Court the Honorable Judge Dr. Ron Shapiro gave a guest lecture. He described how the criminal legal system generally focuses on one tool almost exclusively. A punishment in response to social crime. The severity of the punishment reflects how severely society views the act committed by the accused. There are hardly any references in the criminal procedure relating the victim or his needs, which are often only an apology or responsibility rather than punishment. The Restorative justice, which was designed to address these and other needs of victims of crime, while providing an opportunity to criminals to repair their receiving an ambivalent attitude from the courts in Israel. Some attribute the low weight of restorative justice process before sentence; others see it as an indication of the rehabilitation of the defendant or the willingness of the victim to forgive. Dr. Shapira gave several examples of judgments given in references to restorative justice processes. In the conclusion, Dr. Shapira stressed the importance of referring to restorative justice as a therapeutic tool and the need to add more legislation therapeutic tools, such as restorative justice, to the "basket of responses" available to the judges at the sentencing stage.

In the second part of the evening there was a dialogue concerning the implementation of   restorative justice and restorative dialogue in Israel-challenges and opportunities. Dr. Tali Gal from the School of Criminology at the University of Haifa, who edited the book (together with Prof. Uri Yanai) started the dialogue. In her opening statement, Dr. Gal briefly described the structure of the book, which includes 16 chapters that reflect a picture of the theory of restorative justice and discourse in Israel, and her practice in the field. According to Dr. Gal, restorative justice is an alternative approach to justice: instead of inflicting pain on the perpetrator, restorative justice seeks ways to bring the offender to do good for others, especially the victim himself, as well as the surrounding environment and the community, in general. In order to find the most appropriate ways for each case, the decision is passed on to real and immediate actors in conflict: the offender, the victim, the supporters of each, and the community, represented in different forms in different models. Generally, restorative justice processes bring results that include apology, compensation, community contribution, and even rehabilitation, all in accordance with the agreements of the parties. The state does not avoid responsibility, but she moves from her role as "rower", to a role of navigator – "steering", that is, formulating outlines, regulating, supervising and sometimes funding.

Prof. Oren Gazel-Eyal, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa, was the first speaker of the panel. Prof. Gazel-Eyal coordinated the Dorner Committee, which is a Public Committee that aims to examine the Punishment and Treatment Policy, one of whose outstanding conclusions is that there is no proof that the severity of the punishment leads to deterrence. Due to his role in the committee, Prof. Ghazal-Eyal was asked about the possibility of implementing the restorative justice approach in the law enforcement system in Israel. According to him, there is a need for activists and experts in the field of restorative justice to take initiativeand promote the issue, in both legislation and budgeting aspects. He called the conferenceslisteners to "lift the glove " and act in the direction. Prof. Eran Vigoda-Gadot, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Haifa, was the second speaker. As a researcher of political science, management, administration and public policy, Professor Gadot was asked about the significance of collaborative processes with the public. Prof. Vigoda-Gadot referred to cases of citizens' participation in public decisions, at the administrative, political or community level. According to him, the accumulated knowledge based on years of empirical studies shows that the public's ability to participate in decisions - administrative, political and community - affects the perceptions of trust, cooperation and satisfaction of citizens toward both the bureaucratic establishment and the state, in general. However, it turns out that it is not the actual participation that is important but the potential of participation that affects public opinion. The last speaker in the session was Judge Hana Mansur Khatib, the first kadi in the Shari'a court, who serves as a kadit in the Sharia court in the central district. Judge Khatib was a lawyer and mediator before she was appointed to the position of kadi. The judge was asked about the potential for assimilation of the restorative justice and the interlocutory discourse in the Sharia court. As a person who deals with matters related to marriage and divorce, alimony and child custody, and other matters related mainly to family law, the judge emphasized the importance of including women and children in the legal discourse in the Sharia court. According to her, the approach of restorative justice and bridging in general may constitute an entry gate for these disadvantaged populations. The judge declared her intention to advance the issue and to implement tools from the field of mediation and restorative justice in the Sharia court.

Prof. Uri Yanai, professor (Emeritus) at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, concluded the discussion.  As Editor of the book (together with Dr. Gal). Prof. Yannai spoke about the meaning of the term "justice": A person that seeks justice is actually asking  for recognition of his needs and hardships. Like personal justice, group justice- is assembled out of various groups seeking "justice" while expecting recognition of their interests and needs as a population. However, the court is an arena that focuses on interests and needs, but of legal rights. Therefore, individuals and groups often do not feel that the court is an appropriate address for the “right to justice”. Restorative justice and discourse provide an alternative, social, and communal arena in which individuals and groups can describe their needs, desires and interests, and receive attention, respect, and dialogue.

After the official part of the evening ended, a joint discussion with the conference participants developed. The guests of the conference made important comments about the place of victims of crime in the process of restorative justice; With regard to the great use of distributive justice processes in the field of youth; The unique aspects of the approach of justice that blames serious offenses, and more. The fascinating discussion continued beyond the designated time of the conference, and emphasized the need for further discussion and development of the field.



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  took place 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.


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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 conducted 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 organized 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 heldon 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


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"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:

  1. Between regulation and autonomy- relation of the government and local authority in Israel.
  2. Issues of    Transparency in the government and local authority.
  3. 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?". International conference" Modern Preaching Of Islam:Salafis, Islamic Movements, Muslim States".


The conference itself 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.




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11 Classmates for Coexistence Students Participate in Summer School in Germany

The Jewish-Arab Center at the University of Haifa organized the participant of 11 student of the "Classmates for Coexistence" program to participate in summer school in Germany held between August 11 and August 21, 2014.


A Delegation from Bremen visits jac

On April 06th, 2014 a delegation from the city of Bremen, Germany, visited the JAC as part of its visit to the city of Haifa. Dr. Nohad Ali on behalf of Prof. Rassem Khamaisi, the head of the JAC, presented the center's mission and its various activities aimed at enhancing Jewish-Arab relations on Campus and in Israel at large.

 In the following discussion the guests expressed their interest in the political situation in Israel and in the condition of the Arab minority in the country