Adriana Kemp, Sociology Professor and Board Member for the Association for Civil Rights
In Israel, as in the U.S., immigration is a complex, emotionally charged issue. While some groups of citizens call for the removal of African refugees from Tel Aviv, others have pressured the government to grant legal status to hundreds of children of migrant workers. Meanwhile, the influx of non-Jewish immigrants only continues to feed debate over Israel's Jewish and democratic character.
Dr. Adriana Kemp will examine the politics and history at the source of this increased immigration, and discuss its challenges—particularly the effect on life in Israel that escape the daily headlines.
Nina Paul and Marcie Bachrach
Dr. Adriana Kemp is an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Tel Aviv University, and has been a visiting professor at Columbia and San Diego State Universities. Her research interests are sociology of the state and civil society, migrant workers and citizenship, non-governmental organizations, and welfare and gender. Kemp co-chaired the Association for Civil Rights, the largest human rights organization in Israel. She is currently completing a three-year research project on political and public attitudes about illegal immigration.
Sponsor: Mayerson JCC, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)