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Voter Turnout and Voting Patterns among Arab citizens of Israel

Effective Representation of Arab Society in Israel

Symposium: Voter Turnout and Voting Patterns among Arab citizens of Israel

In co-operation with Bokra.net 

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Legacy Hotel, Nazareth

Moderator: Nasreen Hadad Haj Yahya, Israel Democracy Institute, Director of the Jewish – Arab Relations Program

10:00-10:30 Reception

10:30-10:50 Opening Remarks

Yohanan Plesner, President, Israel Democracy Institute

Ghada Zoabi, Founder and owner of Bokra.net Communications

10:50-11:20 Barriers and Incentives to Voting among Arab Citizens of Israel– Presentation of Survey findings 


Amnon Beéri-Sulitzeanu, Co-Executive Director, Abraham Initiatives

Amjad Shbita, Co-Executive Director, Sikkuy

Open Discussion

11:20-13:00 Voter Turnout and Voting Patterns in Arab Society – Can they be Changed in the Medium to Long Term?

Chair: Prof. Mustafa Kabha, Senior Scholar, Israel Democracy Institute


Samer Sweid, The Arab Center for Alternative Planning, Founder of 17.9 Coalition

Afif Abu Much, Publicist, Activist and Founder of “Weekend Culture” in Arab society

Prof. Tamar Hermann, Senior Researcher and Academic Director, Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research, Israel Democracy Institute

Dr. Nohad Ali, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Western Galilee College

Dr. Manar Mahmoud, Department of International Relations, Tel Aviv University

Gida Rinoi Zhuabi, Director, Academic Center for Social Investments “Ecto”, The College of Management

Dr. Nasreen Shehada, Member of “Standing Together”

Open Discussion

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:45 Adapting Political Campaigns to Arab Patterns of Thinking to Increase Participation in Elections

Chair: Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya, Director, Arab-Jewish Relations Program, Israel Democracy Institute


Ahman Elshech, Manager of the Data Center “Rakaz”

Eyal Arad, Strategic Consultant 

Moshe Gaon, Political Strategic Consultant, Owner of “Gaon Holdings”

Mano Geva, Founder and CEO of Machon Midgam

Aid Kial, Strategic Marketing Consultant

Emilie Moatti, Journalist, Publicist and Social Activist

Yohsef Mkalda, CEO and Owner, Statnet Research 

Ihab Kadach, Director of Research on the Arab Society Research, Midgam Elarab

Open Discussion

15:45-16:15 Summary

Prof. Mustafa Kabha, Senior Scholar Israel Democracy Institute

Prof. Yuval Shany, Vice President of Research, Israel Democracy Institute