The Arab Vote: A Watershed Moment in Israeli Politics? | Mar...

The Arab Vote: A Watershed Moment in Israeli Politics? | March 9

Mar 9, 2021 12:00pm

Over four election cycles in Israel in less than two years, the role of Arab voters, their concerns, electoral power, and internal diversity, attained unprecedented recognition. Now, parties across the political spectrum are adding Arab candidates to their lists and reaching out to Arab voters. Is this a watershed moment in Israel’s domestic Jewish-Arab relations? What tangible changes in representation or policies might it yield? 

Join the IATF and JCPA on Tuesday, March 9 at 12 pm ET for a conversation with Aluf Benn, Editor in Chief of Haaretz, and Makbulla Nassar, Journalist and Fellow at Mandel Program for Social Leadership.

Tuesday, March 9 at 12:00pm Eastern
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About the speakers

Aluf Benn is the editor-in-chief of Haaretz, Israel's elite newspaper ( A veteran of Haaretz since 1989, Benn held several writing and editing positions in the paper, including diplomatic correspondent, chief news editor and opinion editor. He covered six Israeli prime ministers from Yitzhak Rabin through Binyamin Netanyahu's second term. His work appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, and The Guardian. He holds a joint MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Recanati School of Business at Tel Aviv University.

Makbulla Nassar is a social activist, feminist, media personality, radio broadcaster, photographer, and blogger. She is currently a Mandel Fellow. Makbulla previously managed the Information Department for Arab society at the National Road Safety Authority. In addition to her journalistic work, for over 15 years, she has led and coordinated initiatives promoting the rights of women and Palestinian citizens of Israel. Some of these organizations include: The Action Committee for Equality in Marriage, Tsofen, and A-list: the Arab Expert Aggregator for Hebrew Media. Makbulla holds a B.A in Community Social Work from the Hebrew University. She lives in Araba in Northern Israel.