As part of Berl Katznelson Center’s battle against racism in Israel, we have developed and produced the center’s “Combating Racism” Conference. The conference dealt with subjects such as online racism and incitement, the Hate Report which monitors racist expressions, and the Racism Clock which examines the treatment of Israeli society to minority groups within it.
The conference hosted leading journalists and politicians from Israel and the world, among them President of Israel Reuven Rivlin, which was given The Guardian of Democracy and Tolerance Award at the event, former President of South Africa’ and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Frederik Willem de Klerk, Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog and former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. The event was sensitively and wisely hosted by media personalities Lucy Aharish and Jacky Levy, a symbolic cast which proved itself well.
In this conference we chose to bring together duos of speakers from different backgrounds, to create dialog and form ways to communicate with each other while maintaining individual and collective identity. In addition, we have created for the event an exhibition, featuring artistic images combined with anti-racism and pro-tolerance quotes by Israeli and international public figures. The conference caught significant media attention and publicity.