Democracy Education in Israel. Raphael Cohen-Almagor Director, Center for Democratic Studies, University of Haifa. Preliminaries. Israel was established as a Jewish democracy Based on Liberal-Democratic values AND Jewish values. Preliminaries. Authoritarian regimes surround it.
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Director, Center for Democratic Studies, University of Haifa
Israel was established as a Jewish democracy
Based on Liberal-Democratic values
No shared raison d'être
The Declaration of Independence holds that Israel will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; that it will be based on the foundations of liberty, justice and peace;
that it will uphold complete equality of social and political rights to all of its citizens irrespective of religion, race or sex, and that it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture.
Emanuel Kant: Dignity, Respect for Others, Perceiving People as Ends Rather than Means
Rights of Physically and Mentally Challenged People
Free Expression, including freedom to demonstrate and to picket, free media, artistic freedom, and academic freedom.
Freedom of Religion
Freedom from Religion
-- mutual understanding and diversity
Active participation in public life
Through participation and representation:
-- professional ethics
-- accountability for one’s actions
Learning from Experience of other democracies:
The United Kingdom
The United States
The Paradox of Tolerance
The Democratic Catch
The Tyranny of the Majority
The Tyranny of the Minority