That’s the question being discussed in Jerusalem at a conference presently ongoing:
The Declaration of Independence defined Israel as a Jewish state that will ensure the “absolute equality of social and political rights to all its citizens regardless of the their religion, race or sex; and guaranteed freedom of religion, conscience, language, education, and culture.” In this spirit, the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty (1992) established the character of the State of Israel as a “Jewish and democratic” state. But are the concepts of “Jewish” and “democracy” complementary values or do they sometimes stand in contradiction? Against this background, how does Israeli society choose to act when faced with tensions between Jews and Arabs; religious and secular; or men and women? What are the future tests that will challenge us on this issue? Will we be able to take the high road that will preserve Israel as a Jewish and democratic state?
The Hebrew University is live-blogging it- or rather, live tweeting it. You can follow the Hebrew University on twitter @HebrewU.
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