Students from four Dror Social High Schools gather to discuss democracy in honor of the anniversary of Rabin’s death
On October 20th, Dror’s Tel Aviv Social High School hosted four other high schools Dror's network, with students coming from Mitzpe Ramon in the south, Jerusalem, and Ramle (Dror’s only school for Arab students).
The students broke into discussion groups which delved into the issues and challenges of Israeli democracy. The seminar was one of the series of events throughout the month held by Dror Israel in honor of the 26th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Yitzhak Rabin z’l.
The students at the seminar had the privilege of hearing from an impressive variety of lecturers who spoke about the tensions they face in their lives around the challenges of democracy:
David Mizrachi - one of the leaders of Israel’s protest movement for the rights of people with disabilities, founder of Protest of Joy.
Khaled Masarweh – Educational Coordinator of the Arab branches of HaNoar HaOved, the youth movement associated with Dror Israel.
Rabbi Elhanan Shtiglitz - Rabbi at the Reut Ulpan in Petach Tikvah, former head of Jewish religious youth movement Bnei Akiva’s educational department.
Usumain Baraka - a refugee from Darfur in Sudan, activist for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in Israel.
Rabbi Elhanan Shtiglitz wrote of his experience “Even in the chaos in this country there are people from all over Israel who are willing to invest in taking responsibility for realizing the vision of Zionism in the State of Israel.”
Thank you to the various lecturers who told us the story of their lives, to the educators who facilitated the seminar and the students who participated.