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Navigating Complex Identities Arab Citizens in Israeli Society

Thursday, June 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, June 22, 2023


Join us for an enlightening series delving into the complex identities and relationships among Arabs with Israeli citizenship, Palestinians, and non-Muslim Arab minorities in Israeli society. Discover the unique characteristics of these communities, their shifting identities since 1948, and their role in Israeli politics and culture. Through sessions exploring the distinctions between Palestinian and Israeli identities, the intricacies of non-Muslim Arab minorities, and the evolving role of Arab Jews in Israel, this series offers an in-depth understanding of the multifaceted dynamics shaping Jewish-Muslim-Arab-Israeli-Palestinian relations today.

Thursday June 1, 2023
Arabs With Israeli Citizenship – Policy and Identity 
Often overlooked by both Jews and non-Jews outside of Israel, 20% of Israeli citizens belong to diverse ethnic minorities, with Muslim Arabs constituting the largest group. Commonly referred to as “Israeli Arab,” “Arab Israeli,” or “the Arab Sector,” these communities are frequently misunderstood and conflated with Palestinians by non-Israelis. In this enlightening program, we will delve into the key characteristics of these communities and examine the evolution of their identities from 1948 to the present day, fostering a deeper understanding of the diverse fabric of Israeli society.

Thursday June 8, 2023
Between Palestinian and Israeli Identity – with Ahamad Mounir
Explore the distinctions between Arabs with Israeli citizenship and Palestinians, as well as the intricate relationships between these two communities, in this insightful session. By delving into the unique case of East Jerusalem, we’ll unravel the complexities of Palestinian identity and examine the factors that contribute to identity splits. Our discussion will encompass municipal politics, clashing ideologies, generational differences, and the concept of “Palestinians by choice.” We’ll address the pivotal question of how individuals navigate their realities, whether by choosing to integrate within Israeli society or maintaining a separate identity.

Thursday June 15, 2023
Non Muslim Arab Minorities Within Israeli Society
In this engaging session, we’ll delve into the diverse identities of Christian, Druze, Bedouin, and Muslim communities, examining their unique characteristics, as well as their similarities and differences in the context of their Arab origins. We’ll explore the roles these communities play in Israeli politics and their influence on cultural identities, providing a comprehensive understanding of the rich tapestry of Israeli society.

Thursday June 22, 2023
The Dusky Mirror in Contemporary Israel – Reclaiming Origins
Building on the insights gained throughout this month’s sessions, we’ll shift our focus to the fascinating phenomenon of Arab Jews in Israel. From the Black Panthers and Shas to Mizrachi and Arab Jews embracing their roots, we’ll examine pivotal moments and influential leaders who have shaped the present landscape. This session aims to deepen our understanding of the interconnected dynamics within Jewish-Muslim-Arab-Israeli-Palestinian relations, shedding light on the complex tapestry of identities that define the region.


Dr. David Mendelsohn supervises the entire academic program of Kivunim. His areas of expertise include Islamic Studies, History and Culture of Arabs with Israeli Citizenship, Bedouin Law and the relationship between language and culture in Arabic and Hebrew. His current research examines the influence of Hebrew on the dialects of Arabic spoken in Israel. Mendelsohn also lectures on the history and relationships between Middle East countries and militant organizations. David holds advanced degrees in diverse fields: a Ph.D. Classics / Linguistics, an M.A. in Archaeology / Linguistics and an Honours B.A. in Classical Studies. David is the recipient of one of Canada’s highest academic honors, The Trudeau Prize, and is a world medalist in wrestling. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Ronny and 3 children.




CSP Partners: Beth Israel (San Diego, CA), Brotherhood Synagogue (Gramercy Park, NYC), Congregation Adath Jeshurun (Elkins Park, PA), Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Fountain Valley, CA), Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, Shomrei Torah Synagogue (San Fernando Valley, CA), Temple Bat Yahm (Newport Beach, CA), Temple Beth David (Westminster, CA),Temple Beth El of South Orange County (Aliso Viejo, CA), Temple Beth Emet (Anaheim, CA), Temple Beth Ohr (La Mirada, CA), Temple Beth Tikvah (Fullerton, CA), Temple Beth Shalom (Needham, MA), Temple Beth Sholom (Santa Ana, CA), Temple Emanuel (Newton, MA), Temple Judea of Laguna Woods, CA, The Boston Synagogue (Boston, MA), Town & Village Synagogue (NYC, NY), University Synagogue (Irvine, CA), Valley Beth Shalom (Encino, CA) & Walnut Street Synagogue (Chelsea, MA)


Thursday, June 1
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Event Category:


San Diego, CA United States


Adult Education