Refugees, Not Jews, 10.03.22
An event at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, in cooperation with the Jerusalem Cinematheque
Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, Prof. Galia Sabar, Rabbi Reuven Tal Yassu, former MK Yehuda Glick
Moderator: Journalist Moriah Kor
Following the war in the Ukraine and the question of the attitude toward refugees, which has become more acute than ever, we will gather to rethink and discuss Israel's way of contending as a Jewish state with refugees and asylum seekers.
In recent years, as part of the international migration crisis, Israel has had to contend with the entry of non-Jewish migrants seeking asylum from persecution, wars, and economic difficulties. This is a sensitive and important topic that sparks sharp disagreement. At the heart of the conflict are the basic issues of the interpretation of the constitutional nature of the State of Israel and Israel’s obligation to its definition as a Jewish and democratic country. Striking in its omission is the mention, from a Jewish perspective, of the issue of providing asylum to non-Jews and its influence on the values and character of the Jewish state. We will raise these issues in an open discussion in order to rethink Israel’s relations as a Jewish state with those who seek asylum here.