1. Action Plan (Hebrew)

2. General

The Haifa Center for Democratic Studies aims to promote awareness and understanding of civic culture in democracy. Recognizing the growing need to secure the foundations of democracy and to facilitate conditions for pluralism, the Center has established a national and international forum for deliberation and discussion. It focuses on the role of ethics, accountability and justice in all spheres of public life: politics; economy; culture; academy; business; law; media and medicine.



3. Rationale

On November 4, 1995 Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in Tel Aviv at the close of a demonstration that called for peace and protested against violence.  Most Israelis were shocked and deeply disturbed. The assassination demonstrated the vulnerability of Israeli democracy. Authoritarian regimes surround it. Israel survived seven wars and two Palestinian uprisings in 58 years of independence. It is hard to maintain normality under such a hostile environment. In addition, Israel suffers from internal schisms: between Israeli-Palestinians and Israeli-Jews inside the Green Line; between Palestinians under the Palestinian Authority and Jews; between the ideological right and the ideological left; between orthodox Jews and secular Jews; between Sephardim and Ashkenazim; between socialism and capitalism, and between cities and kibbutzim.