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‘The People Demand Social Justice’: How the Israeli Social Protests Ignored the Palestinian Issue, and the Road Ahead


Thanks to the generosity of the Atkin Foundation, ICSR offers young leaders from Israel and the Arab world the opportunity to come to London for a period of four months, producing a research paper as the result of their work. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide young leaders from Israel and the Arab world with an opportunity to develop their ideas on how to further peace and understanding in the Middle East through research, debate and constructive dialogue in a neutral political environment.

Talia Gorodess, ICSR’s Spring Atkin Fellow for 2013 used her time in London to research Israel’s most recent social protests. Her paper sheds light on the Israeli uprisings of 2011, arguing that in order to come a full circle, the Israeli social justice community must also attend to the Palestinian issue. The paper offers guidelines for greater collaboration between the social justice community and peace camp.

Talia Gorodess is Director of Socio-Economic Development at the Reut Institute, Tel Aviv. She was a prominent activist in the social protests of Summer 2011, and has subsequently joined the Social Guard in the Knesset and the Shalanoo Cooperative. She has formerly held positions with the Hudson Institute and PIRG, both in Washington DC.

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