Demanding social justice might tear protest movements apart
What is social justice? 30 students and researchers from the University and the university of Maryland tried to answer this very question in a bi-national seminar, held on campus. Their conclusion: the term is so subjective that in some cases it might split the very groups it should unify.
Weather in the streets of New York or throughout Israel, protest movements have demanded social justice time and time again all over the world in the recent years. But do the meaning of the concept and the actual outcomes from demanding it correlate? According to Dr. Roni Strier from the School of Social Work, who initiated the seminar, part of these movements' failure to make a change lies in their lack of understanding of what social justice really means: "Social justice has become an umbrella term under which all sorts of groups try to promote different, and sometimes contrasting, agendas. What actually happened on the streets during the social protests was that those who stood together and called for social justice didn't always know what they, or the ones standing next to them, were really demanding".
University of Haifa’s ‘Cyber Warriors’ will help fight the delegitimization of Israel using new media
For the first time in academia, the University of Haifa has launched an academic course to combat the delegitimization of Israel on the Internet. The ‘Ambassadors Online’ Program, offered by the University’s Department of Multi-Disciplinary Studies as a four credit course, prepares students to be unofficial “ambassadors” for Israel on the Internet. “This program aims at training students, who are interested in investigating, studying and asking what it is that motivates the new anti-Semitism and de-legitimization of Israel, as can be seen among other things in the Apartheid Week, which is an expression of pure anti-Semitism. The ambassadors who will study in the program will fight this phenomenon and learn how to investigate it”, said Prof. Eli Avraram, the program’s academic instructor and the head of The Comper Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism and Racism.