The Forum of Regional Thinking Associates

Nimrod Hurvitz
Co-Founder and Chairman

Prof. Nimrod Hurvitz is a co-founder of The Forum for Regional Thinking (FORTH). He teaches in the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben Gurion University. His research covers medieval and modern Islamic movements.

Contact: nimrod.hurvitz@gmail.com


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Dror Ze'evi
Co-Founder

Prof. Dror Ze’evi is a co-founder of The Forum for Regional Thinking (FORTH). He teaches and studies Ottoman social and cultural history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Contact: drorzeevi@gmail.com


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Assaf David
Co-Founder and Academic Director

Dr. Assaf David is a founding member and academic director of the Forum for Regional Thinking (FORTH). He teaches at the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Contact: assaf.david@mail.huji.ac.il


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Giora Eliraz
Research Associate
Dr. Giora Eliraz is Affiliate Instructor, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington (in Seattle); Research Associate, Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Research Fellow, The Institute for Counter-Terrorism, the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya.
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Ali Abu Al-Awar
Research Associate

Lives in Jerusalem - Old City

PhD in Humanities Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dissertation: Pious Palestinian Women’s Religious and Political Roles in Al-Haram Al-Sharif.

MA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dissertation: Hizb at-tahrir al islami fi falasteen, al tarikhwal-idiologiyya (Islamic Hizb at-Tahrir, History and Ideology)

BA History, Birzeit University, Ramallah

Major specialized:

1 - Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Developments in the Palestinian and Israeli Societies 1948 – Present.

2 - Jewish – Palestinian Conflict on Jerusalem (Temple Mount/Al-Haram al-Sharif)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Israeli Curriculum in Arab Schools in Jerusalem: Advantages and Disadvantages, presented at the Jerusalem Conference on Education, 2014.
  • The Murabitat Foundation and Activities in Al-Haram al-Sharif, Presentation at the Jerusalem Institute for Israeli Studies, 2015.
  • Questions on Future Strategies of Hizb al-Tahrir in Palestine, presented at the Academic Dialogue with Hizb at-Tahrir Conference, Ramallah, 2016.

Jewish Groups - Murabitat  activities in Al-Haram al-Sharif , conference at Jerusalem Institute for Political Studies , November 26,2017.

Jewish and Palestinian women activities at Al-Haram al-Sharif/ Temple Mount , Conference at The Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations 26-may2018.

. Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif: Conflict, Culture, Law: an international conference at the Harvard Law School, November 28-29, 2017.

Two weeks as a lecturer in International Relations dep. in Middle East Technical University, in Turkey- Ankara , about Israeli-Palestinian Conflict since 1917 until Present (Erasmus program).

Work at PNA - Palestinian Researches Center ­- Head of Israel's Studies Department (2017 until present)

Languages: English, Hebrew, and Arabic


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Ella Aphek
Research Associate
Ella Aphek is a research fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking (FORTH). She retired from the Foreign Ministry of Israel after 42 years of research on the Middle East and diplomatic service in Cairo, Paris, Ankara and Brussels (the mission to the EU).

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Inbal Ben Yehuda
Research Associate

Inbal Ben Yehuda is a researcher and social activist. She holds an MA degree from the Department of Middle East and African History at Tel Aviv University. She mainly focuses on the histories, politics and cultures of Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Contact: inbalbenye@gmail.com 


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Idan Barir
Research Associate

Idan Barir is a research associate at the Forum for Regional Thinking (FORTH), focusing on Iraq and its religious and ethnic minorities. He is a PhD candidate in the school of historical studies at Tel Aviv University.

Contact: idanbarir@gmail.com


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Ori Goldberg
Research Associate
Katie Wachsberger
Research Associate
Katie Wachsberger is an MA student at Ben Gurion University, where she is conducting research about literature, humanities, and the social sciences in the Arab University, focusing on the Gulf States. She has a BA from Columbia University where she wrote her thesis about Middle East Studies in the Israeli academy. Katie also works with FORTH on translation and fundraising.
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Noam Zitzman
Research Associate
Noam Zitzman is Manager of the Strategic Research Department at Verint. Prior to this position, he served as Senior Analyst at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Noam holds an M.A from Haifa University, where his research subject was the reflection of the Egyptian woman in advertisements, between the years of 1965-1985.
 
Noam's field of research in the forum will be popular culture and the discourse of the Arab youth across the Middle East, with focus on Egypt and the Gulf countries.
 

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Marzouq Alhalabi
Research Associate
Aviv Tatarsky
Research Associate

A researcher at the NGO Ir Amim (city of nations) which works in Jerusalem in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Through his work he is exposed to the details of Israeli policy on Jerusalem and the ways in which the capital of the Jewish state fights the reality of its bi-nationality.

Many of his insights are through his involvement with the "engaged dharma" activist group. There he gains close acquaintance with Palestinian partners and communities and what it means to live under Israeli military rule.

In his writing he will describe Palestinian life and Israeli military rule  (what is usually called human rights) and will ask questions regarding power, lack of it and the fight for freedom.

Contact at avivsky@gmail.com


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Moshe Terdiman
Research Associate

Dr. Moshe Terdiman is a research fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking, the founder and director of the Think Tank for the Research of Islam and Muslims in Africa (RIMA), and a research fellow at the Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies.

Within the framework of the Forum, Moshe will write on environmental issues in the Arab and Muslim world, Islam and the environment and environmental security.


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Shaul Yanai
Research Associate
Shmuel Lederman
Research Associate

Dr. Shmuel Lederman is a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin, Ireland. He teaches at the department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies at the Open University of Israel, and at The Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa, Israelز

Contact: shmulikled@gmail.com


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Ayelet Levi
Research Associate

Ayelet Levi holds an MA in Middle Eastern and African studies from Tel Aviv University. She is an analyst for Middle Eastern affairs at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a guest writer in the periodicals of The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies (MDC) - "Ifriqiya" and "Middle East Crossroads".   

Ayelet's final paper for MA focused on Civil Society in North Africa. Her Ph.D. dissertation will focus on culture and politics in Morocco. 

Her research in The Forum for Regional Thinking focuses on The Maghreb Countries, primarily Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, with special focus on social and cultural issues (e.g. Gender, Language, Youth or patterns of protest).


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Einat Levi

Einat Levi is an entrepreneur and a researcher. She has been engaged in Morocco Since 2013 and founded “Connection to Morocco”, to promote ties and develop partnerships with Morocco in various fields between the private sector and NGOs. 

Einat’s fields of study in The Forum for Regional Thinking are civic relations between Israel and the Middle East, Morocco and what stands on its social and political agenda, entrepreneurship and hi-tech in the Middle East and Middle Eastern culture in the MENA region as within the Israeli society itself.

In addition to her engagement with the Forum, Einat is a researcher at Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policy, and a fellow in Mandel Program for Leadership in Jewish Culture. Einat has a vast experience in online learning (e-learning) pedagogy.

As part of her previous work at the Center for Educational Technology Einat lead several projects in the field of Jewish Peoplehood and promoting the connection between Israel and Jewish communities around the world. In 2016 Einat initiated a digital documentation project aiming to preserve heritage of Jews originated in Morocco, Egypt  and Lebanon through virtual communities in social networks and virtual tours in Jewish heritage sites. Einat holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations and M.A. in Research, Management and Conflict Resolution, both from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 


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Elhanan Miller
Research Associate
Yoni Mendel
Research Associate
Inbal Nissim-Louvton
Research Associate

Inbal Nissim-Louvton holds an MA in Middle Eastern and African studies from Tel Aviv University. She teaches at the Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies at the Open University in Israel.    

Inbal’s final paper for MA explores British-Saudi Relations by focusing on Harry St. John Philby’s mission to Ibn-Saud during the First World War.

Her research at FORTH focuses on Yemen as well as gender in the Middle East.

Contact: inbalnissim@gmail.com


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Ameer Fakhoury
Research Associate
Iris Fruchter-Ronen
Research Associate

Dr Iris Fruchter-Ronen teaches at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and in the Department of Culture and Film Studies, University of Haifa.

Her research at the Forum for Regional Thinking focuses on popular culture and gender in the Middle East.

Contact: irisfruro@gmail.com


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Elie Friedman
Research Associate

Elie Friedman (Ph.D.) is an adjunct lecturer at School of Communication, Bar-Ilan University, and a visiting lecturer at University of Maryland, Department of Israel Studies. He is the Director of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue, Netanya Academic College, and an assoicate research at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace associate researcher at the Hebrew University.

His research interests include political discourse in national and international contexts with an emphasis on conflict resolution, public diplomacy, and media studies. His first book (with Dalia Gavriely-Nuri) Israeli Discourse and the West Bank: Dialectics of Normalization and Estrangement was published in 2018 by Routledge. He has published articles in several leading discourse and communication journals, including Discourse & Society (2014), International Journal of Communications (2017), and Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism (2018).

Contact: elie.friedman@mail.huji.ac.il
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Eran Tzidkiyahu
Research Associate

Eran Tzidkiyahu is a research associate at the Forum for Regional Thinking (FORTH), focusing on religious nationalism and sacred spaces in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is a PhD candidate in the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).

Contact: tsidky1@gmail.com


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Elizabeth Tsurkov
Research Associate
Elizabeth Tsurkov is a Research Fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking, focusing on Syria, Iraq, sectarianism and civil wars. She is also a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East, a Philadelphia-based think-tank. She is also a doctoral student in political science at Princeton University. Her research is based primarily on a large network of contacts she has cultivated across the Middle East and particularly in Syria, as well as fieldwork across the region. Elizabeth has worked as a consultant with the International Crisis Group, the Atlantic Council, and the Europan Institute for Peace, among other places.
 

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Yaël Ronen
Research Associate

Prof. Yaël Ronen is a faculty member and teaches international law at the Academic Center for Law and Science, and a research fellow at the Minerva Center for Human Rights, Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her publications are available here.

Contact: yael.ronen@mail.huji.ac.il


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Liora Sion
Research Associate

Dr. Liora Sion is a sociologist who specialized in peacekeeping, peacebuilding, gender and ethnicity. She got her PhD from Amsterdam School for Social Research and was a postdoctoral fellow at Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University, and the Sociology Department at Northwestern University.

She was a lecturer at the University of Nottingham. Her forthcoming book, sponsored by the British Academy for Small Grants, focuses on UN agencies involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Liora will be mainly writing about the UN, military and informal relations between Jewish-Israelis and Palestinians.

See list of publications here.

Contact: liora1234@gmail.com


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Tsameret Levy-Dafny
Research Associate
Dr. Tsameret Levy-Dafny is the Director of the Forum for contemporary Turkish studies at the Van Leer Institute since 2016.

She completed her doctoral studies at Tel Aviv University while writing on the material culture of the Ottoman elite in the 18th century. After she served as a research fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) in Istanbul, she returned to Israel and taught at various universities and colleges.

Today, Tsameret writes, lecture and initiate academic collaborations and events in the fields of Turkish society and culture, and thus seeks to contribute a different angle and understanding of Turkey in this region.

In the Forum Tsameret will deal with the analysis of the social, cultural and political processes currently taking place in Turkey and in comparison with Israel.

TsameretL@vanleer.org.il
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Idan Yaron
Research Associate

Idan Yaron, Ph.D. in sociology and social anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Areas of specialization: cultural studies; research of radical and extreme right in Israel; military studies; the sociology of school; the study of human-animal relationships; editing studies.
Books: The Toilet in the Symbolic Sphere. Tel Aviv: Resling, 2005 (Hebrew); Reflections: Visiting the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. Jerusalem: Carmel, 2010 (Hebrew); Snapshots from the Life of a Secondary School (with Yoram Harpaz). Tel Aviv: Sifriat Poalim and Mofet Institute, 2015 (Hebrew); War Casualties: Killing-Wounding on the Battlefield. Jerusalem: Carmel, 2017 (Hebrew); The Shkolnic Saga: The True Story of a Tied Terrorist. Haifa: Pardes, 2017 (Hebrew); Military Law and Ethics. Jerusalem, Carmel, 2018 (Hebrew).


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Adel Shadeed
Elie Friedman
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Moshe Behar