The Palestinian citizens of Israel: How to confront the reality of a Jewish nation-state with a large Palestinian-Arab minority

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Date(s) - Monday, June 10, 2013
10:45 am - 11:45 am

University of New South Wales


NSW 2052


This session will look at the dilemma of how the State of Israel can be both democratic and nation state of the Jewish people with a 21% Palestinian Arab minority within its borders. We will look at issues of democracy and its principles, Zionism and the Jewish nature of the State of Israel, the legal issues of equality under the law, and the challenges of confronting collective national rights of the Palestinian minority. This is guaranteed to be a lively and compelling discussion.


Gershon Baskin
Gershon Baskin was the initiator and the person responsible for the secret back-channel between Israel and Hamas negotiating the release of Israeli abducted soldier Gilad Schalit. Gershon is the founder and co-chairman of the Israel/Palestine Centre for Research and Information (IPCRI), a joint Israeli – Palestinian public-policy think and “do”-tank located in Jerusalem. He served as an advisor on the Israeli – Palestinian peace process to a secret team of intelligence officers established by Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and was a member of the Jerusalem Experts Committee established by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office during the Final Status Negotiations in 2000-2001. Gershon holds a PhD and is a member of the steering committee of the Palestinian – Israeli Peace NGO Forum and several other like-minded organisations.

Engineering Building Room G1

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