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[Haifa U] Asad Ghanem to speak at The Palestine Center which calls for Right of Return, after the Israel Studies Conference

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Dr. As’ad Ghanem is a senior lecturer in the field of political science at the University of Haifa.   He is an MA committee member for the University of Haifa’s MA program in “Peace and Conflict Management Studies” at the University of Haifa.  Ghanem also was a visiting researcher at the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park.  He is the author of Ethnic Politics in Israel----the Margins and the Ashkenazi Center and Palestinians in Israel: Indigenous group politics in the Jewish State.  


Ghanem has also been involved with Badil In 2009, Ghanem served as a jury member for Badil’s Third Annual Al-Awda Award, which seeks “to raise the profile of the Palestinian Nakba and the right of all forcibly displaced Palestinians to return to their homes and lands.”   He is also listed as a contributor to Badil’s Al Majdal Quarterly Magazine, where he published an article entitled the bi-national state is a desired Palestinian project and demand.”    


In January 2011, Ghanem spoke at the SOAS Palestine Society 7th Annual Conference entitled Past is present: settler colonialism in Palestine.”   There, he spoke about “Indigenous citizens and the contradictions of status amongst Palestinians in Israel.”   In November 2010, Ghanem is quoted in an article entitled Israel’s self destruction” as stating that “When Palestinians came to realize that they would never be offered more than a crippled state by Israel, the new paradigm would become one bi-national, democratic state for all Palestinians and Jews in historic Palestine.  The different Palestinian factions would eventually merge their political platforms. The civil rights movement rapidly emerging among Palestinians inside Israel would then serve to complement the fledgling anti-apartheid struggle in the occupied territories.”  In October 2010, Ghanem published an article in Haaretz entitled “Thank you for bringing us together, where he described the new right as a historical development that is beginning to change the face of the state and its attitude towards Palestinians.   Comparing the new Israeli right to Le Pen in France and Haider in Austria, Ghanem claims that the new Israeli right that has emerged believes in “racial superiority of the dominant ethnic group” and “subduing the minority by force,” which he believes exposes Israel as an “occupying state, one that tramples human and civil rights, abuses a part of its citizenry,” and “manifests” its belief in “ethnic superiority” in “ways even more complex and effective than those employed in South Africa during the apartheid era.”   Ghanem thinks that this reality will negate Israel’s “earlier achievements in crushing the Palestinian people and will bring about their reunification.”   Also in October 2010, Ghanem was mentioned in an article entitled Peace-making raises identity fears,” where he came out against Israel existing as a Jewish state


Israel In the Last Decade – A New Phase of the “Jewish State”  

The Palestine Center
2425 Virginia Ave, NW

Washington, DC  20037

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Jun 16   12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

"Israel In the Last Decade – A New Phase of the “Jewish State”"


Dr. Asad Ghanem
Professor, University of Haifa

Thursday, 16 June 2011
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. 
The Palestine Center

The Palestine Center, the educational program of the Jerusalem Fund, gives voice to the Palestinian narrative through policy briefings, lecture series, conferences, symposia, scholarly research publications and an extensive research library. The Center’s analysis emphasizes a Palestinian perspective on the peace process, the Right of Return and final status negotiations, elections, international law, media coverage of Israel and Palestine and U.S. foreign policy in the region. 

Israel Studies conference draws global interest

Hundreds of scholars to consider theme of 'Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State'

"Brandeis was the first university outside Israel to offer Israel Studies ," said conference chair Ilan Troen, director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.   "That was  50 years ago, and we now support the largest program in the field.Nearly 350 academics and public intellectuals from around the world will analyze "Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State" June 13-15 when Brandeis University hosts the 27th Annual International Conference of the Association for Israel Studies (AIS).

"The conference theme is significant and controversial," said Troen, who occupies the Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies. "We expect scholars from a wide variety of perspectives to share and debate insights in what promises to be a lively and illuminating conference."

The three-day, multi-disciplinary meeting will include more than 80 sessions that consider Israel from multiple perspectives, including politics, gender studies, art, sociology, culture, literature, history and international relations. Attending will be scholars and experts from India, China, Malaysia, Japan, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Cosponsoring the conference with the Schusterman Center are the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.

Two plenary sessions featuring leading experts will anchor the conference. The first, on

Monday, June 13, at 4:30 p.m., will address "What Does the U.S. Want in the Middle East and What Should It Want?" Panelists are Robert Malley, former special assistant to President Bill Clinton; Shibley Telhami, Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute; Joel Migdal, University of Washington, the panel chair; Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt and Israel; and David Makovsky, who directs the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Immediately following the first plenary, at the annual banquet, Prof. Moshe Halbertal of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and New York University Law School will deliver the keynote address "What is a Jewish Democratic State." Halbertal, who directs the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization at NYU, spent this year as a visiting professor at New York University and Harvard.

On Tuesday, June 14, at 5 p.m., Troen will lead the second plenary session, on "Arabs in the Jewish State." The panelists include As'ad Ghanem, School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa; Gabriela Shalev, Israel's first female ambassador to the United Nations (2008-2010); journalist Israel Harel, head of the Institute for Zionist Strategy; journalist and author Nazir Mgally and leading sociologist Sammy Smooha, 2008 Israel Prize laureate for Sociology, University of Haifa.

The plenary sessions are open to the public by RSVP only. It is possible to RSVP online.

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