Democracy and Coexistence in Israel
Mohammad Darawshe, Director of the Center for Equality & Shared Society, Givat Haviva, will discuss the experience and perspective of the Arab community in Israel, focusing on the democratic process and the upcoming elections. He will also highlight the work of Givat Haviva, which strives to “build an inclusive, socially cohesive society in Israel.”
Co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Am, JCRC’s Invest in Peace and Givat Haviva Educational Foundation.
Mohammad Darawshe is a leading political analyst and expert on Jewish-Arab relations inside Israel. He has been Director of the Center for Shared Society at Givat Haviva since January 2014 (also from 2000-05). He served as a member of the Three-Sector Roundtable and on the strategic planning team of the Authority for Economic Development of the Arab Sector, both at the Prime Minister's Office. He is also a research fellow at The Hartman Institute and at the Robert Bosch Academy.
Mohammad served as a member of The National Committee and drafted Coexistence Education policy in 2009. From 2005 to 2013, he served as Co-Director of The Abraham Fund Initiatives and was Council Member of his hometown, Iksal, from 2008 to 2013. From 1992 to 2000, he served as Elections Campaign Manager for the Democratic Arab Party/United Arab List. He was Program Director at Legacy International in Washington, D.C. from 1986 to 1992 after having served as Parliamentary Assistant in the Knesset from 1984 to 1986. Before holding this position, he was Facilitator of Jewish-Arab Encounters.
Mohammad Darawshe has presented lectures and papers at the European Parliament, NATO Defense College, the World Economic Forum, the Herzlia Conference, Club de Madrid, and the US Congress. He has received a number of honors such as the Peacemakers Award of the Catholic Theological Union and the Peace and Security Award of the World Association of NGOs. He is currently a member of several executive boards including the One-Voice Movement and Civil Leadership.
He holds a Master’s degree in Conflict and Peace Studies from Haifa University as well as two bachelor’s degrees, one in political science from Emek Yizrael College and the second in English & political science from Hebrew University.