All-Members Meeting: State-Minority Relations in Israel - Po...

All-Members Meeting: State-Minority Relations in Israel - Policies, Discourse and Visions in 2017

Dec 4, 2017 8:30am

Join the Task Force for our annual All-Members Meeting on December 4th, 2017 in New York City.

This meeting will explore recent developments in state-minority relations in Israel including trends in legislation, the legal status of the Arab minority, government efforts for Arab economic development and public discourse.

The morning session will begin with opening remarks recorded by President of Israel Reuven Rivlin for this meeting, followed by our keynote speaker, the recently retired Honorable Supreme Court Justice, Salim Joubran. Justice Joubran will discuss his experience as the first Arab citizen on Israel's Supreme Court and serving as the only Arab judge on some of Israel's most sensitive cases. He will share his insights into legal developments affecting Arab citizens of Israel and the character of the state.

Later, we will be joined for a panel discussion on state-minority and Jewish-Arab relations with Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Meir Elran, from Israel's Institute for National Security Studies, and Dr. Maram Masrawi, Director of the Program for Conflict Resolution at Ahmad Hijazi Peace College at Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam. Dr. Elran will speak about recent socio-economic trends affecting state-minority relations, and Dr. Masrawi will reflect on their impact on Jewish-Arab relations and discourse within Arab society. 

The meeting will conclude with a presentation and discussion of Task Force activities in 2017 and goals for 2018.

Event Details
Monday, December 4th, 2017
8:30am - 3:00pm
Location details provided upon RSVP

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Panelist Bios
Dr. Meir Elran, Institute for National Security Studies, Senior Research Fellow, Head of the Program on Homeland Security and the Program on Socio-Military Relations
Dr. Meir Elran is a senior research fellow and head of the Homeland Security Program and a co-head of the Society–Military Program of INSS. Brig. Gen. (ret.) Elran served in the IDF as a career officer for 24 years in senior command and staff positions, primarily in the Military Intelligence Directorate. His last post was deputy director of Military Intelligence (1987-1989).

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Elran took an active role in the peace talks with Egypt and was an active member (as a reserve officer) of the military delegation to the peace talks with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Following his retirement for the military Elran served as the chief of staff of the Tel Aviv municipality and afterwards as a senior consultant for strategic planning for several government offices, including the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Internal Security, and the National Security Council. Elran's main areas of academic research are homeland security, disaster management, and societal resilience in face of protracted terror. He is also engaged in research about the nexus between domestic social issues in Israel and its defense doctrine and practice. He has published numerous papers on these subjects and edited several memoranda and volumes, among these: The Second Lebanon War: Strategic Perspectives (with Shlomo Brom, published by Yediot Ahronot and INSS in 2007); Societal Resilience (with Alexander McLellan, published in 2012 by the Homeland Security and Analysis Institute in the US); and The IDF Strategy in the Perspective of National Security (with Gabi Siboni and Kobi Michael, published in 2016 by INSS). Elran holds a BA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in Political Science and Middle East Studies (1965), and an MA from Indiana University in International Relations and Russian Studies (1970), and a PhD in Political Science from the Haifa University (2017). Dr. Elran is also the head of the MA program for national security with the department of public policy at the Sapir Academic College.

Dr Maram MasrawiDean, Faculty for Education at Al-Qasemi College, Director, Program for Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies at Ahmad Hijazi Peace College with University of Massachusetts