Minorities in Israel (Link Campus University – march 23, 2018)
Diversity management is one of the current challenges that democracies face in a time of ever-changing collective identities. The crisis of the nation-state, the return of territorial allegiances, the increase in migration waves are some of the issues that question the nation-state capacity to preserve its features and protect, at the same time, ethnic, national, and cultural minorities. Is a state obliged to recognize and protect minorities? How should a state protect minorities? Is a state compelled to protect minorities that are identifiable with hostile or enemy countries? To what extent is a state willing to recognize minorities whose goal is to end the features of a nation-state?
Israel, as the nation-state of the Jewish people, addresses these questions in evolving diversity policies that combine the Eastern tradition of non-territorial minorities’ protection and the Western approach of individual rights. Israel is a fascinating case study for its variety of minorities whose cultural features intertwine in multiple identities (linguistic, national, religious, cultural). Even more interesting is the relation of non-Jewish minorities toward the State, which defines itself as Jewish and democratic.
To what extent can an Arab citizen of Israel identify with the Jewish state and feel integral part of the collective experience? Why are some Israeli Arabs identifying as Palestinians? Why are some Christians refusing to identify as Arabs? Who are the Druze in Israel? What does it mean to live a multiple identity (Israeli by citizenship, Arab by nation, Muslim by religion, and Bedouin by culture)?
The two hours discussion will tackle these issues with an introduction by dr. Giovanni Quer, PhD in International Studies, on minorities in Israel, and the discussion with three Israeli human rights activists:
Jonathan Nizar Elkhoury is the Minorities Coordinator for the organization Reservists on Duty (Rod) in Israel. He is the son of a former South Lebanon Army (SLA) officer who fled to Israel along with his mother and brother in 2001 after his father was forced to leave Lebanon after Israel’s withdrawal in May 2000.Jonathan is the former spokesman for the Christian Empowerment Council. He writes and gives talks about the situation of Christians and minorities in Israel to various audiences. He also has shared his perspective on the SLA community in TV interviews and through his writings.
Mohammad Kabiya is an Israeli-Muslim Beduoin who was born and raised in the northern Israeli village of Kabiya (named after his family). Kabiya village became a part of Israel in 1948 during Israel’s independence, as they fought side by side with the Jews and embraced their newly founded State, officially becoming proud Israelis. At the age of 18, Mohammad joined the IDF and served in the Air Force as a Search & Rescue soldier. Today, he is an activist that builds bridges between different minority communities in Israel. He also has become a strategic consultant for the IDF, specializing in Beduoin and Foreign Affairs and represents Israeli-Bedouins in international politics.
Lorena Khateeb is an Israeli Druze Woman from the village of Smea in the Galilee. She is a B.A. student in Sociology and Anthropology at Haifa University.Lorena is an activist in the Druze community and did her national service for a year in the Druze youth movement. Khateeb participated in the UNICEF National Project and specifically worked with the organization “Open Door”, an Israeli Association for Family Organization. She received an award for her activity from the Ministry of Education in 2014.
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