Justice, Justice Shalt Thou Pursue: Social Justice in Israel – Vision and Realization

Years of Activity: 2007

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Yehoyada Amir, Dan Avnon, Yotam Benziman, Gerald Cromer, Naomi Dafni, Dalia Dorner, Rachel Elior, Haim Feingold, Rafi Feuerstein, Aviad Hacohen, Shahar Ilan, Hassan Jabarin, Ruth Kanai, Yulie Khromchenko, Elyakim Kislev, Sivan Malkin-Maas, Barbara Meyer, Shlomi Perlmutter, Yael Schultz, Yedidya Stern, Chili Troper, Nurit Wergaft, Hanna Zohar

Israel’s Proclamation of Independence states: “The State of Israel […] will be based on the principles of freedom, justice, and peace as envisaged by the vision of the prophets of Israel.” What was formulated in it as a vision, in the future tense, needs to be examined. What was the vision of the prophets of Israel? Is the State of Israel realizing that vision? Is it indeed “based on the principles of freedom, justice, and peace”? These questions were the focus of this research group, which considered whether Israel is living up to the principles it declared in its Proclamation of Independence. The group discussed the areas in which Israel deviates from its declarations in the Proclamation of Independence, tried to determine the reasons for these deviations, proposed ways to correct them, and formulated a more up-to-date and detailed vision. Among the topics the group addressed were the principles of equality in the Jewish state; our police state: being a foreigner in Israel; who defines justice: who applies it to whom and with what authority, and who is left out; and an economy of injustice: trafficking in women in Israel.