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Thursday, February 22, 2018
The U.S. – Israel Relationship Under President Donald Trump

Ambassador Dennis Ross, William Davidson Distinguished Fellow, Counselor, Irwin Levy Family Program on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship

In the first year of his administration, President Trump has met with key Middle East leaders, imposed additional sanctions on Iranian officials, set a new tone for the U.S. role at the UN, and, most recently, made the unprecedented decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. How do these tactical moves affect the U.S. – Israel relationship and what else may be in store for American policy toward Israel and her neighbors this coming year?


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5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
105 Boalt Berkeley Law
The event is open to all UC Berkeley, students, staff, and faculty. 

March 7, 2018
Panel: New Scholarship on Arab-Palestinians in Israel

The panel will focus on Arab-Palestinians in Israel (within the Green-Line) at Israel’s Seventieth. Those Palestinians found themselves as part of the State of Israel after the new armistice lines were drawn at the end of the 1948 War. Nowadays, they amount to about 1.8 million citizens and make up 20% of Israel’s population. In the panel, we seek to discuss themes related to and challenges faced by, this ethnic minority within Israel. Panelists will present papers that include topics related to demography, economy, politics, identity, and memory. Particular attention will be given to the government’s policies towards its Arabs citizens regarding their economic situation and the dispute over the land rights of the Bedouins in the Negev. Presentations will stem from different disciplinary approaches, such as anthropology, law, and political science, thus providing a comprehensive point of view on the topic.
Dr.  Safa Abu-Rabia – The Israel Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University. Dr.  Abu-Rabia will present: “Out of Time”: Spatial Temporality among Bedouin as the Struggle for Land in the South of Palestine/Israel.
Dr. Morad Elsana – The Israel Institute Teaching Fellow, California Western School of Law. Dr. Elsana will present: “The Dispossession of Indigenous Land: The Bedouin Land Case in the Negev.
Mr. Thair Abu-Rass – Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Government, University of Maryland. Mr.  Abu-Rass will present: “The Arab citizens in the contemporary Israeli demography.
Dr. Rami Zeedan – 2017-2018 Israel Institute Visiting Professor, The Open University of Israel. Dr. Zeedan will moderate the panel.  

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Goldberg Room, Boalt Hall, Berkeley Law
The event is open to all UC Berkeley, students, staff, and faculty. 

June 25-27, 2018
The 34th Annual Meeting of the Association for Israel Studies

Located on the UC Berkeley campus. More information to be announced soon.

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