·         Setting up of an interdisciplinary information center focusing on the cultures of Spain.

·         Publication of a scientific journal in conjunction with the University of Salamanca and Alcala University, Madrid.

·         Development of an Israeli-Arab cultural dialogue through the Spanish connection.

As is well known, Spain holds a special place in both the Jewish and Arab collective memory. Both peoples extol the coexistence that prevailed in Sefarad al-Andalus.  This joint cultural link, based on the historical experience in Spain, makes it possible to create frameworks for talks between Israeli and Arab researchers, with the participation of Spanish colleagues. In this way, it is possible to develop a direct and profound dialogue among intellectuals, researchers, and lecturers, whose influence on society can be felt in such areas as  “contacts between peoples and cultures,” “tolerance and the acceptance of the other,” “extremism versus openness.” It is hoped that these discussions will contribute to the culture of peace, not only by fostering joint research but also by enabling reflection on contemporary issues crucial to people in Mediterranean countries, especially those in the Middle East, so as to lead them to share a wealth of common values and to build up a positive image of one another.  The organizing body for this special project consists of the University of Haifa, University Autónoma of Barcelona, University of Alcalá (Madrid), University Mohamed V – Agdal (Rabat, Morocco), with sponsorship by UNESCO.



Dialogue, Debate, and Cultural Diversity in the Tradition of Spain,University Autónoma de Barcelona, November 2000

From left to right:
Prof. Carlos Sola, Rector, University Autónoma of Barcelona; Prof. Oumama Aouad Lahrech, Coordinator of Doctoral Studies in Andalusian Studies, University Mohamed  V - Agdal, Rabat; Prof. Louis Lemkow, Vice-Rector of International Relations, University Autónoma of Barcelona; Mr. Leon Charney, New York; Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze’ev, Rector, University of Haifa; Mr. Doudou Diene, Director, Division for Intercultural Projects, UNESCO, Paris; Prof. Aviva Doron, Head, Research Unit for the Cultures of Spain, University of Haifa, His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Royal Palace, Amman, Jorden, Prof. Jaime Contreras, Director, The Institute of Sephardic and Andalusian Studies, Universidad de Alcala

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