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28 MAR 2017

Shared Citizenship in Israel - Building a Multi-Ethnic Democracy

The Conservative Muslim Forum and Conservative Friends of Israel are jointly hosting this event with Merchavim Institute of Israel.

Israel’s survival and flourishing over the last 66 years have shown that it is possible to build a vibrant multi-ethnic and multi-religious democracy, despite facing existential external threats and many internal challenges. Religious minorities are far safer in Israel than in any of its neighbours.

While Israel’s record is a beacon to other countries, more still needs to be done to fully integrate all of its citizens, and to ensure that all groups, including Israel Arabs and ultra-Orthodox Jews, play their full part in the country’s economy and in its defence.

Since 2006 the Merchavim Institute in Israel has had one clear goal: to establish a shared citizenship for all of Israel’s citizens. With the support of our Parliamentary host Paul Scully, MP for Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park we are pleased to welcome a panel of speakers from Merchavim to share with us:

  • Recent progress in strengthening shared citizenship.
  • Their current key priorities.
  • What the UK can do to help Israel build shared citizenship.
  • Any lessons they consider Israel has for the UK in the light of the recent Casey report on integration in the UK.
Where Committee Room 9, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
When Tuesday 28 March, 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Please allow at least 20 minutes to get through security.
Cost The event is free to attend.
Booking arrangements

Please request a place by emailing

All applications will be acknowledged. As places are limited, priority will be given to MPs and Peers who wish to attend. Everyone who has been given a place will be told by email a few days before the event, and sent a formal invitation to print out to present to security at the entrance.

Speaker profiles

Roi Maor - Deputy Executive Director/CFO Merchavim

Roi Maor holds a Master’s degree in History from the Tel Aviv University. In the past he has held roles in senior management, resource development and financial management for a number of leading Israeli human rights organizations. Roi holds the dual role of Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Executive Director at Merchavim.



Elisheva Darar – Program Director, JDC Institute for Leadership and Governance

Elisheva made aliyah from Ethiopia to Israel at age five. She was educated and raised in the southern city of Kiryat Gat, and carried out her national service teaching in a primary school. Elisheva has a B.A. in political science and psychology from Bar Ilan University, and participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program of the US State Department on grassroots activism. Elisheva loves to influence the creation of a better society. To this end she has been involved in civil society organisations for more than a decade. In 2003, she coordinated a national coalition of 15 Ethiopian organisations and in 2005, she worked for a German agency for political and educational activism. For the past five years, first at the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office and then at the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Elisheva has focused on relations between government and civil society. She is currently working on a project to improve social cohesion in Israeli society.


Abeer Halabi - Team Facilitator

Abeer Halabi was born and resides with her husband and two adult children in the Druze Arab village of Daliyat al Carmel, Mount Carmel, near the city of Haifa. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and has extensive experience leading diverse groups of women and conflict resolution groups. Additionally she is a member of the 2014 cohort of The Mastery Foundation community empowerment course for international leaders. Abeer is a Merchavim group facilitator.

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Shaheen Thantrey,
Conservative Muslim Forum,
Conservative Campaign Headquarters,
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