The Arab Vote: Issues and Priorities Ahead of Israel's March...

The Arab Vote: Issues and Priorities Ahead of Israel's March Elections | Feb 20

Feb 20, 2020 12:00pm

As Israel approaches its third consecutive national elections on March 2nd, many eyes are on Arab citizens. The two previous elections saw dynamic developments regarding Jewish-Arab political relations. These ranged from the breakup of the Joint List before April’s vote and subsequent low Arab voting rates, to a strong September turnout in response to the list’s reunification and unprecedented steps by both Jewish and Arab political leadership towards greater cooperation.

This third cycle follows the publication of the American peace proposal, which includes the possibility that 10 Arab communities in Israel's Triangle region could become part of a future Palestinian state. How has publication of the proposal—and this clause specifically—affected Arab voters? What other issues have influenced political discourse in this round, and how do they compare to the developments over the last year?

Join us on February 20th for a conference call briefing with Arik Rudnitzky, Researcher, The Israel Democracy Institute, and Maisam Jajuli, Chairwoman for Hadash at Naamat, for discussion and insights into these questions and more. 

Event Details:
Thursday, February 20, 2020
12:00pm ET
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Arik Rudnitzky, Researcher, The Israel Democracy Institute

Arik is a PhD student who has been researching Arab Israeli issues for more than a decade. His fields of expertise cover political, national and social developments in Israel's Arab society; Jewish-Arab relations; and government policies on Arabs in Israel. Rudnitzky holds MA (magna cum laude) and BA degrees in Middle Eastern History from the Faculty of Humanities and an MBA degree from the Faculty of Management, both at Tel Aviv University. 

Maisam Jaljuli, Chairwoman for Hadash at Naamat

Maisam is a social, feminist and political activist. She holds a BA in Criminology and Sociology and an MA in educational leadership. She has a long record of leading a broad range of public campaigns for worker’s and women’s rights, against the occupation and to advance shared and equal society. She serves as the chairperson of the women’s organization, Na’amat, in the southern triangle region and is the chair of the Hadash political faction in Na’amat. She serves on the boards of the Histadrut Labor Federation, the National Council for Road Safety, Itach – Ma’aki: Women’s Lawyers for Social Justice, Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality and she is a member of the leadership of “Standing Together,” a Jewish Arab movement that mobilizes people for equality, social justice and peace. Maisam lives with her family in Tira.