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Public Affairs Discussion Group

Between Alienation and Cooperation: Israel's Police and Israel's Arab Citizens

Guy Ben-Porat, Ph.D. - Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Administration at Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Friday February 15, 2013
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

Israel lives with a tension between a self-definition as a democracy, which implies equal rights of citizenship, and definition as a Jewish State, which raises questions about the status of non-Jews. This can be framed as a matter of grand policy, but it is transacted endlessly in everyday life. When I was in Jerusalem and took a cab to the airport, the Arab cab driver expected to be stopped by security and questioned in a way that a Jewish driver would not have been.

Guy Ben-Porat studies this kind of tension between a dominant majority and minorities not just in Israel but in other settings, such as Northern Ireland. It is part of his broader work on peace processes in divided societies. His report about Israel, therefore, will be based on both intensive domestic research and his international perspective.

Dr. Ben-Porat is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Policy and Administration in Ben Gurion University. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. Global Liberalism, Local Populism: Peace and Conflict in Israel/Palestine and Northern Ireland (Syracuse University Press, 2006), was awarded the Ernst-Otto Czempiel Prize of the Peace Research Institute of Frankfurt in 2008. Among his other work is the forthcoming, Between State and Synagogue: The Secularization of Modern Israel (Cambridge University Press). Dr. Ben-Porat's research has also included overviews of modern Israeli politics, the Middle East peace process, the contradictions of Israeli citizenship, and the relationship between business and politics.

All best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guests...

Guy Ben-Porat is a senior lecturer of political science and public policy at Ben Gurion University in Israel. Ben-Porat’s latest research is on public policy in multicultural states, and church-state relations. At the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem, he co-chairs the research group “Religion and Secularism: Between the State and the Economy.” His upcoming publication “Between State and Synagogue: The Secularization of Modern Israel” (Cambridge University Press), explores the evolving tensions between the secularization of Israeli society and the constraints imposed by religious orthodoxy.

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Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

February 22: The Widening Party Gap in Electing Women to Congress. With Karen Beckwith, Flora Stone Mather Professor of Political Science

March 1: University Circle Update. Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer

March 8: Perspectives on Genetically-Modified Food. Chris Cullis, Professor and Chair, Department of Biology and Mary Holmes, co-founder of the North Union (Shaker Square) Farmers Market

March 15: Spring Break - No Discussion

March 22: Shale Gas: Opportunities and Challenges. David Zeng, Frank H. Neff Professor and Chair, Department of Civil Engineering

March 29: International Development Assistance in Public Health. Bill Goldman, retired foreign service officer with USAID

April 5: Military Ethics and Dehumanizing the Enemy. With Anthony Jack, Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science, Philosophy, and Psychology and Shannon French, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Inamori Professor of Ethics.
***Special Location: Inamori Center, Crawford Hall Room 9***

April 12: The New Cuyahoga County Government: Perspective from the Council. Julian Rogers, Councillor for District 10

April 19: Mass Murder for the Media: The Breivik Case in Norway. Mark Turner, Institute Professor and Professor of Cognitive Science
***Special Location: Inamori Center, Crawford Hall Room 9***

April 26: Advocacy for Children, Who Don't Vote. Doug Imig, Professor of Political Science, University of Memphis
February 11, 2013

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Upcoming Events

Art Repatriation

Jennifer Neils, Case Western Reserve University, Josh Knerly, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, Jennifer Kreder, Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law, Dr. David Franklin, Cleveland Museum of Art, Dale Nance, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Friday March 1, 2013, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Moot Courtroom (A59), Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 11075 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106. Sponsored by the Center for Law, Technology & the Arts and the Journal of Law, Technology, and the Internet

This symposium examines the pros and cons of repatriation. Cultural artifacts have often been incorporated as the focus of an exhibit in a museum; the possessor of the item, whether a museum, organization, or private dealer, has put resources into the restoration and continued maintenance of the piece. The possessor also often believes the piece was lawfully obtained. For these and other reasons, the possessor may refuse to consent to repatriation. Yet these items represent the cultural history and pride of the countries from which they originated. On that basis, continued possession of these items by museums and others outside the country of origin may be considered unethical or impolitic, if not necessarily unlawful.

Taxes and the Constitution

Erik Jensen Schott van den Eynden Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Wednesday March 13, 2013, 8:30 a.m., The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Ave., 2nd floor, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. Sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Free and open to public. Reception follows.

Congress’s power to tax is generally taken for granted, but the Constitution contains important limitations on the taxing power—the power to lay and collect taxes. These issues are not of only historical interest. Some were implicated in the recent litigation on the legitimacy of the individual mandate in the Obamacare legislation—the requirement, beginning in 2014, that most Americans acquire suitable health insurance or pay a penalty.

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