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Former Supreme Court President Aharon Barak Tells NIF Seminar: Israeli Arabs Must Have Full Equality

08 July 2009 By New Israel Fund

Former Supreme Court President Prof. Aharon Barak made headlines in Israel last week when he spoke at a seminar in Tel Aviv to mark the 25th anniversary of NIF’s Israel-U.S. Civil Liberties Law Program.

Prof. Barak was the keynote speaker at a seminar entitled "Raising the Bar: 25 Years of Strengthening Human Rights in Israel." The seminar was attended by many of the country's leading lawyers, including the 50 NIF Law Fellows, graduates of NIF’s Israel-U.S. Civil Liberties Law Program.

The 25th anniversary celebrations were also attended by the US Ambassador to Israel, James B. Cunningham and the Program founder and ongoing mentor Prof. Herman Schwartz. The first annual Human Rights Prize in honor of Prof. Schwartz was awarded to Dr. Neta Ziv, Director of Clinical Education Programs at Tel Aviv University, 1986 NIF Law Fellow and NIF board Vice-Chair in Israel.

The Israel-U.S. Civil Liberties Law Program is a two-year program, which includes a year of studies at American University’s Washington College of Law, internships with leading U.S. civil and human rights organizations and a year working with a public interest organization in Israel. The alumni of the program have become the leading legal minds of Israel’s progressive legal and nonprofit community, breaking new ground on a wide range of issues including the rights of minority citizens, disability law, children’s rights, religious freedom, the environment and individual rights.

The first annual Human Rights Prize in honor of Prof. Schwartz (right) was awarded to NIF Vice-Chair in Israel Dr. Neta Ziv

Read more about Prof. Barak's speech here: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1096064.html
View video of the speech here: http://www.nif.org/media-center/multimedia/videos/aharon-barak-keynote-june-09.html

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