“A Land for All” Webinar With the Participation of Zulat President Zehava Galon

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“A Land for All” invited Zulat President Zehava Galon to address a panel on the subject “Two States, But How?” held by Zoom. Also participating in the event were MK Ayman Odeh, MK Mossi Raz, journalist Miron Rapaport, and sociologist Ameer Fakhoury.

Following is an excerpt of Zehava Galon’s remarks:

“For 55 years we have ruled over the territories. We were told this would be something temporary, until a Palestinian partner emerged, but the temporary has gone on for 55 years. Netanyahu succeeded to drive into the Israeli consciousness the idea that he had removed the Palestinian problem from the agenda, while Naftali Bennett is telling us that the Palestinian problem is not what Israelis think about when they wake up in the morning. At the recent Negev Summit we saw the Palestinians being relegated to the sidelines as everybody talked about economic peace. In my opinion, it all boils down to fulfilling the principle of equality, and ending the occupation is the only way to promote equality. Can we go on clinging to the old model, to the Clinton plan and its proposal regarding Jerusalem’s boundaries? Is this plan feasible at a time when the reality on the ground is that more and more settlements and illegal outposts are being built and connected to the electricity grid instead of being removed? In my opinion, this plan has become increasingly unachievable.

On the other hand, of all the proposed plans, the two-state solution is the one that can be realized. I’m not sure that other ideas are becoming more realistic because the two-state solution has been buried deep in the ground. Clearly, a one-state solution is a delusion. With a river of blood flowing between us, how could we live within a single administrative entity? If a one-state solution materializes, the result will be a Jewish minority ruling over an Arab majority.

“I start out from the premise of realizing the principle of equality and the right to self-determination. As I see it, of all the rights we wish to grant to human beings, the right to self-determination, political fulfillment, and to elect and be elected is the most important one, whereas the concept of separation undercuts this principle.”

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Dr. Maha Sabbah Karkabi

 

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Tel Aviv University (2015), a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London (2015-2016), a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Sociology at Tel Aviv University (2016-2017), and a postdoctoral fellowship Ph.D. at the Humphrey Institute for Social Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2018-2020).
Dr. Maha Karbahi’s areas of interest focus on the connection between social change, family behavior, and gender inequality in societies in the process of change and specifically in Palestinian Arab society in Israel. Her research draws attention to the study of family life and employment, using a combined “ethnic lens” and “gender lens” and paying attention to the perspective of Palestinian Arab women, a group characterized by intersections between multiple marginal locations, which over the years has remained hidden from the research eye. Dr. Karkabi-Sabah’s research is published in professional journals and chapters in scientific books that are considered pioneers in family research, work, and gender equality.

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Prof. Frances Raday

Professor Emeritus in the Lieberman Chair in Labor Law, in the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University and serves as a full professor in the College of Management’s academic track, where she also serves as chair of the graduate program and as honorary president of the Concord Center for International Law Absorption. Radai was a member of a working group of the UN Human Rights Council on discrimination against women. In addition, she is a prominent and feminist human rights activist.

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Dr. Rawia Aburabia 

Faculty member of Sapir Academic College’s School of Law, received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research deals with the interface between law, gender, minorities, and human rights. Has published in leading journals on the subject of the matrimonial laws pertaining to Muslim women in Israel. Her book Under the Law, Outside Justice: Polygamy, Gendered Citizenship, and Colonialism in Israeli Law is expected to be published as part of the Gender Series of Kibbutz Meuhad Publishing House.

Dr. Aburabia has extensive experience in international human rights and public law. She has worked as a jurist for the Association for Civil Right and has been invited as a specialist to address such international forums as the United Nations and the European Parliament on the subject of indigenous communities and minority rights. She has interned with Human Rights Watch in Washington DC, and has been a member of the executive board of Amnesty International. In 2018, she was selected by the magazine Globes as one of the 40 most promising young persons in Israel under the age of 40.

 

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Ron Kessler

With over two decades of experience in the field of digital content, Ron has participated in numerous political and social campaigns. He helped run the digital activity of senior public officials, and worked in various NGOs. Ron is a fundamentally optimistic man, who believes that Israel can be changed and so can people. Lives in Tel Aviv.