Study Human Rights in Israel & Palestine

In academic year 2017-2018, Prof. James Ron will accompany a group of visitors to Israel & Palestine to study human rights issues. Participants will either be enrolled graduate students or advanced undergraduates at the University of Minnesota or other accredited institutions. All political, disciplinary, and philosophical perspectives are welcome, provided participants are committed to respecting diverse opinions and listening closely to the organizations, scholars, and activists we intend to meet.
Space is limited; instructor permission to enroll is required. Please see application instructions below.
Applications will be considered as of March 1, 2017, on a rolling basis, until all available spots are filled. At that point, we will create a waiting list.
Key Course Themes 
  1. How does Israel address the contradictions of being both “Jewish” and “democratic”? Some 20% of Israeli citizens are Palestinians; what are the human rights implications of defining a state as the national home  of one community, even though many members of other communities are citizens?
  2. What are the prospects for a two-state, Palestine-Israel, solution? What might a confederal or “one-state solution” look like? How can the human rights of all communities and individuals be respected in these scenarios?
Learning Objectives
  1. What are current human rights conditions in the shared Palestinian/Israeli space?
  2. In what sense are current human rights conditions gender-specific? Are they different for men and women?
  3. What are the social, political, economic, and legal drivers of human rights abuse?
  4. Which different political solutions to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict are under discussion today, both in the political mainstream and on the political margins? These include the “two state solution,” the “one state solution,” and various combinations thereof.
  5. What might be the human rights implications of each of these political scenarios?
For a full description of the program, visit this webpage.
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