3 March 2020
Herzl Center for Israel Studies at Charles University invites you for a discussion "Make Israel Great Again: Is Trump's 'Deal of the century' good for Israel?" With three distinguished guests, we will talk about the latest diplomatic initiative of the U.S. government related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Irit Amitai, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel, Rob Geist Pinfold, King's College London/Haifa University, and Jakub Szántó, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Czech TV. Chaired by Irena Kalhousová. Date: 3 March 2020, 18:00. Place: Studentský klub Celetná. Celetná 20. No registration needed. The discussion will be in English.
24 February 2020
INVITATION: Café Evropa: Middle East and the EU – What is our role?
Come sit with us and discuss a topic that moves the EU. We kindly invite you to a debate titled "Middle East and the EU – What is our role?", which we co-organized in cooperation with the European Commission in the CR and the European Parliament Bureau. The discussion will take place on the 24th of February in Evropský dům (Jungmannova 24, Praha 1).
The speakers are:
Irena Kalhousová, Head of Herzl Center of Israel Studies at Charles University
Jana Hybášková, Ambassadress and Plenipotentiary of the Secretary of State for relations with EEAS, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
The debate will be hosted by Hospodářské noviny's journalist Ondřej Houska.
15 September 2019
Herzl Center for Israel Studies at Charles University invites you for a discussion Humans of the Conflict: The Grassroots Struggle for Peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
In the time of the political stalemate, when important actors of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict do not pursue compromise and peace, can grassroots initiatives bring a change? Can civil organizations be more effective than politicians and diplomats in building bridges between Israelis and Palestinians? Ali Abu Awwad, a former Palestine Fatah activist who spent a few years in Israeli prisons became an advocate of non-violent resistance in Palestine through "Taghyeer" (change), the movement of which he is the founder. Jean-Marc Liling, an attorney who worked for the Israeli government and who specialises in issues pertaining to migration and asylum in Israel joined Ali in founding "Karama" (dignity). Together with many other local activists, they support activities encouraging a dialogue between the two communities, between Israelis and Palestinians, between Jews, Muslims and Christians.
In Prague, during the conference Festival of Democracy, they will discuss their vision for Israel and Palestine and their ideas about how Israelis and Palestinians could co-exist in peace and dignity. Moderated by Irena Kalhousová. Date: 15 October 2019. Place: Kino Ponrepo. No registration needed. The discussion will be in English.
13 September 2019
The Herzl Center for Israel studies cordially invites you for a public debate The Rise of Illiberalism: The Case of Israel. The basic pillars of democracy, among them independent courts and independent media, have become in many democratic states under the attack of democratically elected politicians. Nationalism and rights of a majority became accented at the expense of liberal values. In electoral campaigns, political opponents are depicted as a threat to the stability of a state. Israel is not immune to many of those trends. How robust is Israeli democracy? To what extent are illiberal tendencies in the USA and Europe similar or different to those in Israel? Can the growing focus on the Jewish character of Israel weaken the democratic character of the state? These topics and other issues will be discussed during the 23rd Forum2000 Conference by Rachel Azaria, a member of the Knesset (2015-2019) for Kulanu Party and Gadi Taub, a historian from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a political commentator. Moderated by Irena Kalhousová, Head of The Herzl Center for Israel Studies, Charles University. Date: 13 October 2019. Place: Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Praha 1. No registration needed. The discussion will be in English.
9 September 2019
An official opening ceremony of The Herzl Center for Israel Studies (HCIS) at Charles University took place on September 9, 2019. The event was held as a part of the 8th International Conference on Israel Studies “Democracy in Challenging Times: Israel, Europe and the World,” organized by the European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS).
Among the speakers were Vice-Rektor professor Lenka Rovná, Dead of the Faculty of Social Sciences Dr. Alice Němcová-Tejkalová, Executive Director of Israel Insitute Dr. Ariel Roth, Chair of the European Association of Israel Studies professor Joanna Dyduch, a founder of the Herzl Center Dr. Kateřina Králová, and Head of the Herzl Center Dr. Irena Kalhousová.
6 September 2019
The Faculty of Social Science, Charles University, issued a press release announcing the opening the The Herzl Center for Israel Studies.