80 Palestinian Arab law students from various universities and colleges in Israel and Al Quds University participated in Adalah's third annual Law Students’ Conference in Neve Shalom-Wahat al-Salaam on 10-12 October 2008. The students participated in many activities, including a tour of the Separation Wall, lectures by academics and legal practitioners on diverse subjects like land and housing rights in mixed-cites, the October 2000 killings, and workshops on human rights legal issues, such as the rights of people with special needs and prisoners’ rights. Students had the opportunity to share their views on different issues, and several gave their insights on the following question:
"As a Palestinian Arab student what has been your experience of studying law at an Israeli University?"
Mira Badarni from Arabet Al-Batof, 2nd year law student at Haifa University
"I am an Arab woman studying at university things that don’t help me to advance and don’t support me, and sometimes even hinder me."
Alhan Orabi from Ksal, Graduate from Sha'arei Mishpat College
"We have to try to speak more Arabic because we have to hold on to our culture and our way of life"
Tariq Khateeb from Nahf, 1st year law student at Haifa University
"Arab students study Israeli law in order to use it at a certain stage to fight discrimination by Israel against the Arab minority"
Maisam Bshir from Kabul in the Galilee, Law student at Haifa University
"I am an Arab woman who studies at a Hebrew-language university. That is a total contradiction – why don’t I study in my own language?"
Eyad Aburaya from Sakhnin, 3rd year law student at Ramat Gan College
"I have three years’ experience of lectures in Israeli colleges and universities that deal only with issues relating to Jewish society, and very little with issues relating to Arab society"
Adalah Board of Directors
Prof. Marwan Dwairy | Chairperson [Lecturer in Emek Yezreel Academic College and Oranim Academic College]
Received a B.A. in Psychology in 1975 and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Haifa University in 1979, and a D.Sc. in Biology of Behavior from the Technion in 1989. Senior expert in clinical, medical, educational, and developmental psychology, and lecturer in Emek Yezreel Academic College and Oranim Academic College. Founder and Chief Supervisor of Municipal Psychological Services Center, Nazareth; Director and Therapist, Clinic of Psycho-diagnosis and Psychotherapy, Nazareth; and Researcher and Director for detecting and diagnosing gifted children, Ministry of Education. Co-founder of the Arab Mental Health Professionals Association, the Follow-up Committees for Social Affairs and Health Affairs for the Arabs in Israel, and the Jewish-Arab Committee Against Racism. Joined Adalah’s Board in 2002.
Dr. Thabet Abu Ras [Geography lecturer at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba]
Received a B.S.C in Geology and Mineralogy from Ben-Gurion University in 1982, an M.A in Geography from University of Northern Iowa (USA) in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Geography and Regional Development from the University of Arizona (USA) in 1997. Lecturer in the Dept. of Geography and Environmental Development at Ben-Gurion University, with a research focus on local governance, ethnic relations, land and planning, and regional development. Currently works as the Director of "Together": The Arab-Jewish Center for Dialogue and Shared Society. Former director of Shatil’s office in Beer el–Sabe, and of a New Israel Fund-Joint Distribution Committee project for the development of the recently-recognized Bedouin villages in the Naqab. Joined Adalah’s Board in 2005.
Prof. Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia [an Associate Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem]
Received a B.S.W. in 1980 and an M.S.W. in 1985, in social work from the Hebrew University, and a Ph.D. in 1991 in social work from the University of Minnesota (USA). Associate Professor at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University. Published extensively on family violence, with a special emphasis on battered women and abused children, community violence, and political violence and their effects on children and their families. Formerly taught at Bethlehem University. Contributed extensively to training professional and volunteer teams working with women and children victims of violence and abuse. Volunteers in and serves as a board member in several nonprofit organizations. Joined Adalah’s Board in 2005.
Dr. Hala Khoury-Bisharat, Advocate [Adjunct lecturer in international criminal law in the Faculties of Law, Haifa University, Tel Aviv University, and the College of Management, School of Law]
Received an L.L.B. in Law in 1993 and an L.L.M. in Law (cum laude) in 1998 from the Faculty of Law, Hebrew University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford (England). Worked as a staff attorney with HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual for three years, as an attorney in a private law firm specialized in medical malpractice for three years, and as an editor of Adalah’s Review in 2005. Adjunct lecturer in international criminal law in the Faculties of Law, Haifa University, Tel Aviv University, and the College of Management, School of Law from 2005. Joined Adalah’s Board in 2007.
Dr. Mahmoud Yazbak [Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities, Middle East History, Haifa University]
Received a B.A. in General and Middle East History in 1978, an M.A. in Middle East History in 1992 from Haifa University, and a Ph.D. in Middle East Studies from Hebrew University in 1998. Completed post-doctorate research at Oxford University (England) in 1999. Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities, Middle East History, Haifa University, specializing in the social and political history of 19th and 20th century Palestine; historiography of Israel/Palestine; and Palestinian women (since 1993). Former spokesperson of the Committee for the Bereaved Families (October 2000). Joined Adalah’s Board in 2004.
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