Relations Between Arabs and Jews in Israel: Recent Developments and Future Trends

November 13, 2016

10am - 7pm

60 Washington Square South, Room 914




Introduction and Panel 1

Opening Remarks

Ronald W. Zweig
Director, Taub Center for Israel Studies (NYU)

Katherine E. Fleming
Provost, New York University

Ron Robin
President, University of Haifa

Marion Katz
Chair, Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (NYU)

Panel 1

Chair: Majid Al-Haj, Head of the Center for Multiculturalism
University of Haifa

Dr. Ahmad Higazy
University of Haifa / General Director, Water Corporation of Shefar'am Area
"Arab & Jewish Local Authorities: Challenges & Potential for Co-Existence"

Rami Zeedan, Lecturer
The Open University of Israel
"Arabs & Jews in Israeli Politics & Government: Recent Trends / Expectations"

Aiman Saif, Director of the Authority for Economic Development of the Arab society
Israeli Ministry of Social Equality
"Government Policy for Integration of the Arab society into the Israeli economy"

Panel 2

Chair: Ron Robin, President

University of Haifa

Sarah Ozacky-Lazar, Research Fellow
The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
"Pluralism in Higher Education as a Path for Change"

Ayman Agbaria, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education
University of Haifa
"Palestinians and Jews in Israeli Education: Shaping a Post-colonial Future"

Ruwaida Abu Rass, UNESCO Chair-Holder for Multiculturalism in Teacher Training
The Academic College Beit Berl
"Educational Projects as Means of Easing Tension in Divided Societies."

Panel 3

Chair: Ron Zweig – Henry and Marilyn Taub Professor of Israel Studies

Taub Center for Israel Studies (NYU)

Ahmad Amara, Postdoctoral Fellow
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"The Struggle over Bedouin Land Rights"

Nuzha Allassad Alhuzail, Lecturer, School of Social Work
Sapir College
"Social Change in the Lives of Three Generations of Bedouin Women"

Benny Hary, Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies / Director of NYU Tel Aviv
New York University
"The Politics of Arabic in Israel"


Moderator: Ron Robin, President
University of Haifa

Majid Al-Haj, Head of the Center for Multiculturalism
University of Haifa

Sammy Smooha, Professor Emeritus of Sociology
University of Haifa
Israel Institute Visiting Professor, University of London-SOAS

Ian Lustick, Bess W. Heyman Professor of Political Science
University of Pennsylvania

Film Screening and Discussion

Sayed Kashua, Filmmaker / Journalist / Author
Screening of Episode One, The Writer (25 mins) and discussion