Raphael Cohen-Almagor

Raphael Cohen-Almagor
University of Hull · Department of Politics and International Studies

DPhil
Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Critical Study of Peace Mediation, Facilitation and Negotiations

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Introduction
Cohen-Almagor, DPhil Oxford; Politics Prof. @ Univ. of Hull. Formerly Fulbright-Yitzhak Rabin Visiting Prof. @ UCLA School of Law; Visiting Prof. @ Johns Hopkins; Fellow @ Woodrow Wilson Int. Center for Scholars; Distinguished Visiting Professor @ Faculty of Laws, UCL; Director, Center for Democratic Studies @ University of Haifa; Member, Israel Press Council. Books include: Confronting the Internet's Dark Side; The Right to Die with Dignity; Speech, Media and Ethics; The Scope of Tolerance; Euthanasia in The Netherlands; The Boundaries of Liberty and Tolerance, and The Democratic Catch (Hebrew). Web: https://hull.academia.edu/httpwwwhullacukrca. Blog: http://almagor.blogspot.com
Additional affiliations
February 2019 - August 2019
University College London
Position
  • Professor
August 2018 - September 2018
University of Zurich
Position
  • Visiting Scholar
Description
  • Grant, The Swiss National Science Foundation, to work on assisted suicide in Switzerland
January 2016 - February 2016
University of Basel
Position
  • visiting scholar
Education
September 1987 - August 1991
University of Oxford
Field of study
  • Political Theory

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Terrorism, cyberbullying, child pornography, hate speech, cybercrime: along with unprecedented advancements in productivity and engagement, the Internet has ushered in a space for violent, hateful, and antisocial behavior. How do we, as individuals and as a society, protect against dangerous expressions online? Confronting the Internet's Dark Side...
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The essay opens with some background information about the period in which J.S. Mill wrote. The discussion revolves around the concept of blasphemy which Mill considered to be highly problematic. Tagging unpopular views as ‘blasphemous’ amounted to abuse of governmental powers and infringed on the basic liberties of the out-of-favour speakers. The...
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Reviewer: John Lantos, Co-Director, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, The University of Chicago, USA A nuanced discussion of some of the most difficult issues in health, law, and bioethics today written in a lively prose and with a clear sense of moral passion. The international perspective is particularly useful and, undoubtedly, Coh...
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One of the dangers in any political system is that the principles that underlie and characterise it may, through their application, bring about its destruction. Liberal democracy is no exception. Moreover, because democracy is relatively young phenomenon, it lacks experience in dealing with pitfalls involved in the working of the system - the “catc...
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SPEECH, MEDIA, AND ETHICS: THE LIMITS OF FREE EXPRESSION deals with limits on freedom of expression, defined broadly as including the right to demonstrate and to picket, the right to compete in elections, and the right to communicate views via the written and electronic media. Throughout the book moral principles are applied to analyse questions th...
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The article draws on Michael Walzer's just war theory to assess the conduct of the Lebanon War of 1982 (Operation Peace for Galilee) and argues that according to the underpinning principles of Walzer's theory, it was an unjust war. Sharon's war plans, codenamed "Grand Oranim," were designed to relieve the Lebanese Christian militias of their so-cal...
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This article explains why I decided to write the book Just, Reasonable Multiculturalism (CUP, 2021), my appreciation of multiculturalism, and my puzzlement when I heard growing attacks on multiculturalism, describing it as one of the causes of extremist ideology and radicalization. Those attacks brought me to write this book. I discuss some of the...
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This is a reply to Thomas Sealy’s “Just and Reasonable, but Is It Multiculturalism? A Review of Raphael Cohen-Almagor’s Just, Reasonable Multiculturalism”. I first clarify the context of my theory on just, reasonable multiculturalism and its underpinning premises and concepts. The discussion proceeds by explaining the concept of multiculturalism an...
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This essay argues for a balance that need to be struck between freedom of expression, on the one hand, and social responsibility, on the other. Sections II explains the concept of cyberbullying, while Section III is concerned with the responsibilities of the education system in fighting against bullying and cyberbullying. Some concrete proposals ar...
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Reflections on Last Newsletter Lord David Trimble Died at the Age 77 President Biden’s Visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia Peace Research Elections, Again Populism Israel-Morocco Relationships Maccabiah Games Were Opened in Israel WHO updates its widely-used gender mainstreaming manual New article: Raphael Cohen-Almagor & Sam Lehman-Wilzig, “...
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My monthly newsletter is available on ISRAEL: Democracy, Human Rights, Politics and Society, http://almagor.blogspot.com Featuring A.B. Yehoshua (1936-2022) Reflections on Last Newsletter Elections, again DC Woodrow Wilson Center Tales from the Land of the Free Liberia Will Open an Official Mission in Jerusalem New article: “Why Separate St...
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This is my reply to the symposium articles, written by Levey, Newman and Cohen.
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Democracy is supposed to allow individuals the opportunity to follow their conception of the good without coercion. In Israel, precedence is given to Judaism over liberalism. It is argued that the reverse should be the case. Religion, Jewish law (Halacha), the Arab-Israeli conflict, the shift to neo-liberal economy and old-fashioned chauvinism have...
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Reflections Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellowship Short Visit to Israel My Peace Project Unemployment at 50-year Low A Wheelchair for Hiking My Testimony before the Canadian Senate New Book: The Republic, Secularism and Security: France versus the Burqa and the Niqab Israel Is Among the World’s 8 Nuclear Powers Israe...
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Reflections on my previous Blog Terror Noam Shalit Dinner Post-Dinner Israelis take fewest sick days worldwide The Assoc of Israel Studies (AIS) is hiring a social media manager! MESC Books’ Celebration New article: “Lessons from Peace Negotiations: Interview with Ehud Olmert”, Israel Affairs (published online 1 November 2021). https://doi....
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This paper analyses the terror attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices through several prisms: freedom of expression; the principle of profound offence; the fallacy of universal liberalism; globalisation, and the era in which we live of violence and terror. It is argued that after the violent episodes of "The Satanic Verses", The Danish Cartoons and th...
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The article opens with a discussion of my premises in relation to the separation of state and religion. Section II elucidates the goal of creating a decent and just society in Israel. Section III explains the manner in which liberal democratic values, based on the above presmises, enable Israel to fulfill this goal. These values include liberty, to...
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In Memory: Gabriel (Gabi) Bach (13 March 1927 – 18 February 2022) Israel ranks above Spain, Italy and US for democracy in new global index MESC events Invitation to a Talk by Dr. Francesco Motta Lecture about my book, Just, Reasonable Multiculturalism New article: «Indivisibilité, Sécurité, Laïcité: The French ban on the burqa and the niqab”,...
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This article utilizes Aristotelian and Kantian philosophies to probe the social responsibilities of internet intermediaries that in one way or another assist and promote suicide. Striking a balance between freedom of expression and social responsibility, it is argued that several actors should be involved in restricting or eliminating live-streamin...
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What degree of freedom should be allowed to communities in deciding their educational matters? What is the duty of the state to ensure that citizens receive acceptable standard of education? The right to education is "the right of each person to the cultural resources necessary to freely follow a process of identification, to experience mutually re...
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In France, secularism is celebrated in the public sphere. The paper makes general arguments about France’s changing identity and specific arguments about the burqa and niqab ban. It explains how French history shaped the ideology of secularism and of public civil religion, and how colonial legacy, immigration, fear of terrorism and security needs h...
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Reflections on Last Newsletter Invitation to a Talk with Joel Singer Invited article: “Can Group Rights Justify the Denial of Education to Adolescents? The Amish in the United States as a case study”. Did You Know? Monthly Poem Light Side
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Reflections on Last Newsletter Lawmakers Launch Caucus to Promote Abraham Accords When Peace Goes to School: The Emirati Curriculum 2016-21 Israel Hopes to Establish Diplomatic Relations with Saudi Arabia and Indonesia U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Q&A with Stu Eizenstat Orwell’s 1984 in Israel Israel Received First Shipment of Paxl...
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The Internet's design and raison d'être are complete freedom, but complete freedom might lead to anarchy and to harmful and anti-social activities. In this paper I address the concepts of moral and social responsibility, applying them to the Internet realm in considering the most troubling phenomenon of cyberbullying that results in loss of life. S...
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This chapter analyses the ban of the burqa and niqab. On October 11, 2010, France became the first European country to ban the full-face Islamic veil, the burqa and the niqab, in public places. These Muslim garments have attracted disproportionate attention in French politics and public deliberations. The controversy around women’s dress exemplify...
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In France, secularism is celebrated in the public sphere. The manuscript makes general arguments about France’s changing identity and specific arguments about the burqa and niqab ban. It explains how French history shaped the ideology of secularism and of public civil religion, and how colonial legacy, immigration, fear of terrorism and security ne...
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This chapter explains how colonialism, immigration, and terrorism have shaped the present discourse on state and religion in France. It is argued that in recent years, in the name of the Republic, a new trinity has emerged: indivisibilité, sécurité, and laïcité. While still paying homage to the traditional trinity of liberté, égalité, fraternité, t...
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Liberté, égalité, fraternité constitutes a symbolic motto of the Revolution. However, the gap between these ideas and their implementation in society has been widening. In practice, France has implemented the principles of indivisibilité, sécurité, laïcité. The new trinity has supplemented the old one and become no less prominent. At times, when th...
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Cyberstalking is practiced by Internet abusers to harass, victimize and to mock peers, teachers, co-workers, neighbors and others. While typically framed as an individual pursuit, we suggest that it can best be understood as a collective process, both as a result of internet users’ reliance on platforms and third-party services, as well as their en...
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Reflections on Last Newsletter Great News: The 2023 Olof Palme Guest Professor Globalization and Solidarity UK So-Called Leadership Anti-Tunnel Barrier around Gaza Level of Violence in the West Bank Is Increasing The Evil of the Occupation Excellent News: Israel Becomes Associated to Horizon Europe UK-Israeli partnership to promote ground-...
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Reflections on Last Newsletter Great News: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Public Policy Fellowship MESG Programme 2021-2022 Israel Follows the USA UNRWA Is on the Verge of Collapse Israel-Morocco Defence Agreement 235 Bnei Menashe arrived in Israel Good News: Israel and Jordan Cooperation Agreement The Brute Reality of the...
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My monthly newsletter is available on ISRAEL: Democracy, Human Rights, Politics and Society, http://almagor.blogspot.com Politics – October 2021 – In memory of Neal Matthew Sher 1947-2021 Featuring Reflections on Last Newsletter MESG Programme 2021-2022 Invitation: Online Book Launches at Reading and UCL Jordan's King Abdullah reiterates suppor...
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Israeli PM Ehud Olmert (2006–9) offered the Palestinians the most comprehensive peace deal they had ever received. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would reply ‘soon’ and never did. This interview records Olmert’s thoughts on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and his own attempts to end the bitter conflict.
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This paper considers Israel's response to the challenges raised by the Covid-19 pandemic with a specific focus on the invoked public policies and the related political, economic and legal concerns. I first provide some background information. Then, I outline the keys for the initial success in confronting the coronavirus pandemic. Three factors con...
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This paper considers Israel’s response to the challenges raised by the Covid-19 pandemic with a specific focus on the invoked public policies and the related political, economic and legal concerns. I first provide some background information. Then, I outline the keys for the initial success in confronting the coronavirus pandemic. Three factors con...
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I have been thinking and writing about religion and culture since the 1990s. However, I did not think about writing a book. I was more preoccupied with questions pertaining to media ethics and medical ethics. The turning point was 2011. Then, Prime Minister David Cameron went as far as saying that multiculturalism had failed and that it had fostere...
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Is multiculturalism incompatible with the protection of liberal values? Drawing on a new book, Raphael Cohen-Almagor presents a theory of just, reasonable multiculturalism that is capable of reconciling these two apparently competing strands.
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Interview about my new book, Just, Reasonable Multinationalism, Vital Interests, Fordham University, New York: https://www.centeronnationalsecurity.org/vital-interests-issue-87-raphaelcohen-almagor The book is a comprehensive study of the relationship between liberalism and multiculturalism. You delve into all the challenges and complementarities...
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The military campaign in Afghanistan was a mistake. It was doomed to failure. Biden is right to withdraw his forces, although the exit could have done quietly, over a longer period of time, and far more efficiently. Shana Tova!! We are looking for the New Year to open new pages, not only in the health front, but also in world leadership, relationsh...
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Reflections on Last Newsletter Can China Mediate Peace? Israel Signed a Cybersecurity Agreement with Morocco Yair Lapid and Nasser Bourita Signed three More Agreements Two-State Solution Will Have to Wait LEBANON: UNRWA CALLS FOR SUPPORT FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES, AMONGST THE MOST VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES IN THE COUNTRY New Article: “Can Group Rig...
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Coercion involves two or more parties who are in conflict and whose relationships are complex and uneasy. Generally speaking, people resent coercion and, when possible, rebel against it. This paper differentiates between circumstantial coercion and person-based coercion, between coercion and brute forms of oppression, and between benevolent and mal...
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My book explores the main challenges against multiculturalism. Its primary objectives are twofold: to examine whether liberalism and multiculturalism are reconcilable, and what are the limits of liberal democratic interventions in illiberal affairs of minority cultures within democracy when minorities engage in practices that inflict physical harm...
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There are no angles in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is a story of two people who have legitimate claims over a small piece of land. Each side believes that its claims are more compelling than the other’s. Both sides made many mistakes along the way. Those mistakes compounded an already difficult and complex reality. Thus, the history of the...
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Reflections on Last Newsletter Personal News: Vice President of The Association for Israel Studies New Book: Just, Reasonable Multiculturalism Looking for a Place to Write Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict New Article: “Stockholm and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process - An Interview with State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Annika Sö...
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The book explores the main challenges against multiculturalism. Its primary objectives are twofold: to examine whether liberalism and multiculturalism are reconcilable, and what are the limits of liberal democratic interventions in illiberal affairs of minority cultures within democracy when minorities engage in practices that inflict physical harm...
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This paper is concerned with the social ills of bullying and cyberbullying that might lead to suicide especially when adolescents are involved. First, I explain the two concepts. It is noted that people with monoamine oxidase-A (MAOA) have propensity to antisocial behaviour, and that they cannot relieve themselves of responsibility for their conduc...
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My book explores the main challenges against multiculturalism. Its primary objectives are twofold: to examine whether liberalism and multiculturalism are reconcilable, and what are the limits of liberal democratic interventions in illiberal affairs of minority cultures within democracy when minorities engage in practices that inflict physical harm...
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This essay addresses the concept of compromise. When compromise takes place between two or more parties, reciprocity must be present; that is, the concessions are mutual. Genuine compromise is based on mutual respect and on genuine concessions between the parties. First, the concept of compromise is explained. Next, a relevant distinction is made b...
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This chapter aims to establish a middle ground between liberal reasoning and multiculturalists who see multiculturalism as an alternative to liberalism and who believe that protecting the group's culture trumps otherwise generally applicable laws. I do this by advocating the concept of reasonableness. Building on the Rawlsian notion of reasonablene...
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I was saddened to receive the news about the death of my beloved teacher Professor Aharon Kleiman.
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My monthly newsletter is available on ISRAEL: Democracy, Human Rights, Politics and Society, http://almagor.blogspot.com Featuring In Memory of Aharon Kleiman Reflections on Last Newsletter 2 June 2021 – A Historic Day 13 June 2021 – Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Honduras Embassy in Jerusalem On the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement...
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This article records my interview with State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Annika Söder. We discussed her involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and Sweden's relationships with Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The interview assesses the positive and negative lessons and implications of the peace process, Sweden's involvement in...
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The aim of the article is to reflect on Google’s social responsibility by analyzing a milestone court decision, Vivi Down Association v. Google, that took place in Italy, involving the posting of an offensive video clip on Google Video. It was a landmark decision because it refuted the assertion that the Internet knows no boundaries, that the Inter...
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Multiculturalism gives preference to group rights over individual rights. This may challenge democratic values. This paper focuses on the Amish denial of education from their adolescents. Criticizing Wisconsin v. Yoder ( Wisconsin v. Yoder 406 U.S. 205 (1972)), the paper analyses the power of the Amish community over its members. The main questions...
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This chapter takes issue with C.E. Baker's stance that the Free Speech Principle should protect even the most harmful and vile expression because such protection would promote individual self-government, enhance personal autonomy, and promote critical thinking. It is argued that a balance needs to be struck between these goods and the impact of the...

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I am looking for suggestions where can I find documents about slavery during the Nazi regime. National federal archives? State archives? Municipal archives? Archives of big companies? other in Germany? Elsewhere?
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France bar hijab at schools. The debate regarding this issue has valid arguments on both sides, those who bar the hijab and those who permit it. On balance, which argument is more convincing? Why?
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The protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been destabilizing the Middle East and world peace at large. Lessons learned from the peace process are important first and foremost for the Israelis and the Palestinians but they are also of importance for other actors including European and Middle Eastern countries. Successful peace negotiations enhance security of all those affected by the conflict.

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Understand the roots of Antisemitism, analyse the Holocaust, explain why Holocaust denial is a form of hate speech, analyse current manifestations of Antisemitism and what can we do to address the challenge.