Under the auspices of Mada's Political Participation Project, the second in a series of workshops on Arab political participation in Israeli politics took place at Mada's offices on November 6, 2009. The workshop was designed to help the research team establish the research questions and define the issue of effectiveness.
The seminar was opened by Dr. Nadim Rouhana, Director of Mada al-Carmel and Program Director of Mada's Democratic Governance and Equal Citizenship Program (of which the project is a part). Dr. Rouhana introduced the project and raised the following research questions for discussion: the effectiveness of parliamentary work, the goals of parliamentary participation, the achievements of parliamentary action, and the red lines of parliamentary action.
In attendance were Arab MKs, academics, and numerous interested political activists, including:
- MK Dr. Hanna Sweid, Democratic Front for Peace and Equality (Al-Jabha).
- Nihad Ali, Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Haifa
- Mr. Salim Bureik, Researcher
- MK Dr. Jamal Zahalqa, National Democratic Assembly
- MK Taleb Al-Sana, Arab Democratic Party
- Dr. Samera Esmeir, Assistant Professor, Rhetoric Department, University of California, Berkeley
- Mr. Mohannad Mustafa, Researcher, Parliamentary Participation research team
Note: MK Sheikh Ibrahim Abdullah, Head of the Islamic Movement’s southern branch and Chair of the United Arab List party, was scheduled to participate in this part of the workshop but was unable to attend due to an emergency.