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Salim Tamari, PhD Biography

Director of the Institute of Jerusalem Studies in Jerusalem
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“ST: There are many ways of looking at the Israeli state. But you can say that it is moving in a manner in which one third of the population is religious, one third is secular, and sort of liberal, and one third Arab. So maybe the solution is to have three states instead of two states. You give the Galilee to the Arabs, you give Tel Aviv and the coast to the Jewish secular, and you give the center to the fundamentalists. The other way of dividing it is that now, within the historic country, there is 48% Arab population, and 52% non-Arab, because not all the Russians are Jews. So there is almost 45-44% Jews, 8% Russians, and 48% Arabs. So you can also divide it into Russian State, Arab State, and Jewish State… But of course that will not happen. I am just playing with numbers.

DM: What about a pan-Arabism which could include Israel within it?

ST: Yes, that is possible. You could say that we create an economic union in the Middle East in which Israel is a component, it would like be the European Union. Turkey is fighting for that… it’s a very interesting idea, and I support it.”

Daniel Miller, “There Were No Arabs and Jews… Interview with Salim Tamari,”, Apr. 16, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Institute of Jerusalem Studies, Jerusalem, 1994-present
  • Professor, Sociology, Birzeit University
  • Co-director, Mediterranean Studies, Birzeit University, 1994-present
  • Visiting Professor, Sociology, University of California at Berkeley, 2005, 2007
  • Visiting Professor, Sociology, New York University, 2001-2003
  • Visiting Professor, Sociology, Cornell University, 1997
  • Visiting Professor, Sociology, University of Chicago, 1991-1992
  • Editor, Hawliyyat al Quds, Institute of Jerusalem Studies
  • Editor, Jerusalem Quarterly, Institute of Jerusalem Studies
  • Board Member, Faculty For Israeli-Palestinian Peace (FFIPP)
  • PhD, Sociology, University of Manchester, 1983
  • MA, Sociology, University of New Hampshire
  • BA, Politics, Drew University
  • Attended Bir Zeit College, West Bank
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