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(Cancelled) (New Gen) Israel’s Pro-Democracy Movement: For Whom?

October 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Important event update:

In light of our shock and grief at this time, we have decided to postpone Sunday morning’s program. We are pleased that Amal will still be speaking alongside other civil society activists at the 13th Annual Shira Herzog Symposium on October 15th.

Featuring Amal Oraby, political commentator and New Israel Fund’s Arabic spokesperson in Israel
October 15, 10:30 AM
Toronto Metropolitan University
Brunch will be served.

For over nine months, hundreds of thousands of Israelis have been protesting weekly against their extremist government’s radical vision for Israeli society. They span geography, age, faith, and the political spectrum.

But this mobilization is lacking representation from the 20% of Israelis who are Arab citizens. And the growing anti-occupation protest movement is raising the alarm about how unending military rule over the millions of Palestinians in the territories isn’t democracy either.

What are Israelis debating about the meaning of “democracy” – and for whom? What tensions exist within this nascent movement? How can we work to ensure this movement fights for true democracy and equality for all who live in the land?

On Sunday, October 15th, NIFC New Generations is excited to host Amal Oraby, New Israel Fund’s Arabic spokesperson, to help us understand the complexities of the current moment in Israel-Palestine, including:

  • Why are Palestinian citizens of Israel not participating in the pro-democracy protests?
  • What is the situation of the unprecedented crime and violence in the Palestinian community?
  • How has this extremist government specifically impacted Palestinian citizens of Israel?
  • Has the pro-democracy movement had an impact on anti-occupation work?

Amal also works on NIF Shatil Haifa’s team which runs the Rawabit program for young Palestinian leaders, a project which was selected in May by our New Gen Giving Circle to receive their pooled funds. Amal will provide us with an update on this important program and share with us what its participants are working on and their plans for the future.

About our Speaker

Amal Oraby is a Palestinian lawyer and human rights activist, and a member of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International Israel. Amal joined the New Israel Fund last year as the Director of Communications for Palestinian Society in Israel.

Previously, Amal worked at Sikkuy-Aofuk in the Equality Policy Department. He has also worked at a private law firm in East Jerusalem specializing in planning and labour law. Amal is a prolific op-ed writer in Hebrew newspapers and records a legal human rights podcast on the Arab 48 website. Amal has an LLM degree from the University of Haifa and a master’s degree in urban planning from Hebrew University.


October 15
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Toronto Metropolitan University