The Institute for Palestine Studies and Mada al-Carmel – Arab Center for Applied Social Research Cordially invite you to attend a conference about

The 48’ Palestinians and the Palestinian National Project: Role and Status

Which will be held on the 7th and 8th of November 2015 at Birzeit University, Faculty of Law, hall no. 243
from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
and on the 9th of November 2015 a round table will be held at the Golden Crown Hotel, Nazareth,
at 5:00 pm

The Institute for Palestine Studies and Mada al-Carmel – Arab Center for Applied Social Research Cordially invite you to attend a conference about

The 48’ Palestinians and the Palestinian National Project: Role and Status

Which will be held on the 7th and 8th of November 2015 at Birzeit University, Faculty of Law, hall no. 243
from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
and on the 9th of November 2015 a round table will be held at the Golden Crown Hotel, Nazareth,
at 5:00 pm

Mada al-Carmel, The Arab Center for Applied Social Research, held its fourth annual conference for Palestinian doctoral students at the Rimonim Mary’s Well Hotel in Nazareth. Dozens of academics, researchers and activists were present to discuss the doctoral research of Palestinian students from inside Israel, the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza.

The conference opened with welcoming words from two members of the conference’s academic committee; Dr. Muhannad Mustafa, General Director of Mada al-Carmel, and Professor Muhammad Haj Yahya, lecturer at the Hebrew University’s School of Social Work. The conference included three sessions, entitled “Politics and Civil Society,” “Education” and “Palestinian Society: Between the Social and Political.”

Politics and Civil Society The first session entitled, “Politics and Civil Society,” was chaired by Michael Karayanni, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University. Three female students presented their research focus in this session. The first research, entitled “Palestinians/Israelis in the Gray Zone,” was presented by Ghada Samman, a doctoral student in sociology at Birzeit University. She said that the Oslo agreement and its repercussions, have led to a shift in the conflict, thus increasing and tightening control over the Palestinians. It also placed the Palestinians in a gray area, enabling Israel to manage the conflict with its sharp contrasts. Samman said, “This grayness is embodied in: The Palestinian Authority as a state/non-state, as it does not have the constituents of a state, while it behaves as a state. Hamas and the PLO are liberation movements/governments, and Israel controls the economy and borders. In addition to the external interference in the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian institutions through support. Specifically, funding from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, thus embodying a colonization of another kind.”


The third, and final presentation in this session was made by Raefa Jabareen, a doctoral student in Health Services Management at the University of Haifa. Her research entitled, “Knowledge, Attitudes and Sexual Behaviors of Arab High School Students,” addressed the issue of Palestinian adolescent sexual health through the use of a questionnaire. Jabareen says her research aims to “develop a culturally and socially appropriate theoretical framework, which includes the external influences (home, school, group of friends, customs and traditions, religion and the Internet) and the internal influences (psychological, emotional and cognitive), in order to be used as a tool to predict the sexual behaviors of young people in a conservative society.”


The second session, entitled “Education,” was chaired by Dr. Ayman Agbaria, a lecturer at the University of Haifa’s Faculty of Education. During this session, four research studies were presented by one female and three male researchers. The first presentation was made via Skype by Mohammad Khalidi, who holds a doctorate in Public Health from the University of Basel, Switzerland, on “The Palestinian Health System: A Look Toward the Future.” The research is a three-year project that analyzed the health research system in Palestine, as a response to the global trends of investment in scientific research knowledge in planning and decision-making, in order to strengthen the health systems and other development sectors in developing countries in particular.

The second presentation, entitled “Extracurricular Activities and the Value System in the Arab Education System in the Naqab,” was given by Jaber Abu al-Qi’an, who holds a doctorate from Yarmouk University’s Faculty of Education in Jordan. The study aims to identify the extent directors of extracurricular educational activities in the Naqab region exercise their role, and its relation to the high school students’ commitment to the prevailing system of values. Abu al-Qi’an used the descriptive survey approach as the methodology for his research. A random sample, representative of the study community, of 336 high school teachers and youth counselors in the Naqab region were chosen.

The third presentation, entitled “The Development of Professional and Maternal Self-Efficacy in Higher Education among Arab Women – A Dialogue between Identities” was made by Hala Habayeb. Ms. Habayeb holds a doctorate degree from Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Education. The results of the study showed that there is a reciprocal relationship between professional competence and maternal efficiency. These results showed that it is not enough to see self-efficacy and expectations of results as key factors in the professional development of women, as demonstrated by the social cognitive theory. Rather, it is also important to expand this theory, and take into account the relationship between the development of professional competence and maternal efficiency and vice versa.

The fourth and final presentation of this session was given by Turki Abu Ghalyoun, a doctoral student at Ben-Gurion University’s Faculty of Education.  His presentation was on the social changes and developments of the Arab Bedouins in the South: the changes in values ​​and knowledge perspective of populations in transition.

Palestinian Society: Between the Social and Political

The last session of the conference entitled, “Palestinian Society: Between the Social and Political,” was chaired by Dr. Areej Sabbagh-Khoury, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a research fellow at Mada al-Carmel. The first presentation was made by Abeer Othman, a doctoral student at the Hebrew University’s School of Social Work, on “Paternity in the Colonial Settlement Context: A Case Study of Jerusalem.” Ms. Othman examined the effects of the reality of pillaging and dispossession, militarization and organized violence on Palestinian parents in Jerusalem, and discussed the impact of the ongoing psychological trauma on them. The study aims to “understand paternity and its transformation in the context of Jerusalem’s settlement colonialism, through the analysis of psychosocial trauma theories and the mechanics of the colonial structure. At the same time, attempts at resistance cannot be ignored in the relations of power and control between the colonizer and the colonized. Accordingly, the proposed study will discuss the immunity and psychological, social and cultural resistance of the Jerusalemite parents.

The second presentation was given by Heba Zeidan, a doctoral student at the Hebrew University’s School of Social Work. Her research deals with the “Relationship between Socio-Political Stress Factors and Domestic Violence in Palestinian Society.” The study examines the relationship between the exposure of Palestinian parents in Israel to stress factors of a socio-political nature, and domestic violence. The study also examines whether the cognitive-personal assessment of stress and mental health of the parents following this exposure, is central to this relationship. As well as whether the gender of the parent, social support and coping patterns, reduce or exacerbate the effects of exposure to stress and pressure factors on domestic violence.

The third and final presentation of the conference was made by Ibrahim Abu Ajaj, who holds a doctorate in education from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland on “Youth at Risk in the Arab Society in the Naqab.” The presentation discussed the relationship between ethnic cultural identity and family behavior variables, and the foundations of dealing with the civil and local affiliation circles among the “youth at risk” in the Arab Bedouin community in the Naqab. Abu Ajaj said, “The majority of the Arab community in the Naqab lives in social risk due to the harsh conditions in the Naqab. The youth in the Arab community in the Naqab are the most vulnerable due to social, economic, civil, local and political conditions.”







Palestinians in Israel Fixed

In the wake of the 70th anniversary of the Nakbah, Mada al-Carmel, the Arab Center for Applied Social Research, has released a new E-book entitled: “70 years of Nakbah”. This E-book edited by Dr. Mohanad Mostafa, includes a series of articles by Palestinian researchers, and aims to deepen the debate on the idea that the “Nakbah is still continuing”. It seeks to contribute to the positioning of the Palestinians in Israel in the framework of return to 1948 with insisting on their continuous struggle to attain their rights in their homeland, to achieve a deeper understanding of their reality, and provide an analysis of their relationship with the state.


To read the E-book(pdf) click here

Read our new e-book: The Palestinians in Israel – Readings in History, Politics and Society – Vol. 2

Mada al-Carmel, the Arab Center for Applied Social Research, has published the English version -of the second volume of the book:

The Palestinians in Israel – Readings in History, Politics and Society

الفلسطينيون في اسرائيل: قراءات في التاريخ، والسياسة والمجتمع

The second part of this book, edited by Areej Sabbagh-Khoury and Nadim Rouhana, includes 20 chapters covering various topics, including political movements and parties, the National Jewish Fund; Israel’s planning policies and the October uprising, among others.

These chapters have been written by a group of academics and researchers specialized in the studies of the Palestinians in Israel, their relationship with the State of Israel, and its policies towards them.

Please note that this same book was already published in Hebrew with its two parts in an electronic copy on Mada’s website, and in Arabic in paper format.

You can review both parts of the book in English, on the links below:

Part I- pdf document

Part II- pdf document

This issue of Jadal discusses current Israeli policies toward the Palestinians in Israel: between continuity and change.  It comes following escalation of current government policies toward the Palestinians in Israel at the level of incitement discourse. A discourse that is no longer periodic, rather, it is a daily occurrence, whether in legal legislation and law proposals that try to harm the status of Palestinians, or in actual political prosecutions on the ground. This has culminated in the prohibition of the Islamic Movement and the escalation of political persecution by calling for the interrogation of political activists, arrests, demolitions and other policies that not only target the citizenship and rights of Palestinians, but also their very existence.


Issue Theme


C:ICAHDMXD-Ed3_A4PDFMap14_Three_Jer.prnThe Israel Studies Program at Mada al-Carmel published a position paper on the recent calls to  annex parts of the west bank to Israel. Such calls  were voiced by large numbers of Right-wing Israeli  politicians, particularly following the election of  Donald Trump as American President and the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2334, condemning the settlements and reaffirming the two-State solution on the basis of the June 1967 borders. Right-wing Israeli voices demanding the annexation of parts of the West Bank have grown in number, and Israeli politicians – particularly from the Likud and Jewish Home parties – took a first step in that direction by proposing a bill to annex the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim to Israel. Others on the Right are demanding the annexation of Area C in its entirety.

To read the full paper click on the image below

Position Paper








To read the full paper in pdf version click here












  • researching new funding opportunities
  • identifying and developing relationships with new funders
  • maintaining ties with existing funders
  • writing reports and grant applications

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • significant experience in fundraising and grant writing
  • university degree in Social Sciences or Humanities
  • native-level fluency in English
  • ability to work flexibly and independently
  • familiarity with the social and political reality of the Palestinians in Israel

To apply for this position or for more information please email a cover letter and CV to Mada al-Carmel:


Deadline for applications:20 December , 2017


Mada al-Carmel (MADA) is an independent, not-for-profit, Palestinian-run research institute based in Haifa, Israel. Founded in 2000, MADA fuses in-depth theoretical and applied research with public policy recommendations to advance the national rights and the social, political and economic conditions of Palestinian citizens in Israel, and to craft new social policies toward this indigenous minority. In addition, MADA works to provide analytical research on a wide range of topics from national identity, citizenship, to democracy promotion in multiethnic states.