ISRAEL 2015

DM Israel 2015 -- 11 & 12 MAY 2015

In partnership with the Anglo Israel Association the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters Competition will be showcasing its unique format and approach to schools’ debating in Israel.

Following on from the success of Debating Matters India, a mixture of Jewish and Arab students will come together in May 2015 to debate a range of contemporary issues in the challenging Debating Matters format including, whether Megacities are bad for the developing world, if animal experimentation can ever be justified, if space exploration is a waste of time and money and whether social media is rejuvenating political protest.

Supported by HM Ambassador, Matthew Gould, the British Embassy will host a launch reception for the event followed by our showcase held at Tel Aviv University’s Capsule Building at The Porter School of Environmental Studies.

Judged by professionals from a wide range of professional backgrounds, experiences and areas of expertise, students will have the opportunity to debate key real-world issues in English. With a strong culture of informal debate, Israel’s tradition of lively public discussion offers a great foundation for Debating Matters’ engaging, conversational format.

Guests are welcome to join our audience at the event where there will be plenty of opportunity for students, teachers and others to contribute throughout the day. If you’d like to attend please email joelcohen@instituteofideas.com

Debating Matters Israel will launch on Monday 11 May with a welcome reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Tel Aviv, where we have been invited to bring together all those involved in the project.

Our participants and guests will be introduced by:

Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas
Lord Paul Bew, Chairman, Anglo-Israel Association

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09:30-10:00 REGISTRATION & COFFEE

10:05-10:15 WELCOME

10:20-11:30 ROUND 1

"Megacities are bad for the developing world"

GROUP 1

FOR:

YOUniversity Centre (Nazareth)

AGAINST:

Ankori

CHAIR

Joel Cohen

JUDGES

Paul Bew
House of Lords; Queens University Belfast

Ayelet Blecher-Prigat
Sha'arei Mishpat Law School

Alan Miller
Night Time Industries Association

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

GROUP 2

FOR:

Anglican International School Jerusalem

AGAINST:

Makif Ramot

CHAIR

Claire Fox

JUDGES

Pamela Dow
HMP Wandsworth

Manon Haran
Jerusalem Municipality - Educational Administration

Hillel Schmid
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

11:30-11:40 CHANGEOVER

11:40-12:50 ROUND 2

"Animal experimentation cannot be justified"

GROUP 1

FOR:

Yachad Modi’in

AGAINST:

YOUniversity Centre (Nazareth)

CHAIR

Justine Brian

JUDGES

Charlotte Hallé
Haaretz English Edition

Alan Miller
Night Time Industries Association

Caron Sethill
National Library of Israel

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

GROUP 2

FOR:

Reali Haifa

AGAINST:

Anglican International School Jerusalem

CHAIR

Claire Fox

JUDGES

Paul Bew
House of Lords; Queens University Belfast

Manon Haran
Jerusalem Municipality - Educational Administration

Ann Swersky
Sia’h vaSig: The Israel Debating Society

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

12:50-13:50 LUNCH

14:00-15:10 ROUND 3

"Space exploration is a waste of time and money"

GROUP 1

FOR:

Ankori

AGAINST:

Yachad Modi’in

CHAIR

Justine Brian

JUDGES

Alon Cohen-Idov
YCI Center for Debating and Rhetoric

Charlotte Hallé
Haaretz English Edition

Oren Modai
Net Democracy

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

GROUP 2

FOR:

Makif Ramot

AGAINST:

Reali Haifa

CHAIR

Joel Cohen

JUDGES

Hillel Schmid
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Caron Sethill
National Library of Israel

Ann Swersky
Sia’h vaSig: The Israel Debating Society

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

15:10-15:40 TEA & COFFEE

15:40-17:00 FINAL

"Social media is rejuvenating political protest"

FOR:

WINNER OF GROUP 1

AGAINST:

WINNER OF GROUP 2

CHAIR

Claire Fox

JUDGES

Ayelet Blecher-Prigat
Sha'arei Mishpat Law School

Pamela Dow
HMP Wandsworth

David Greenberg
Herzog Hospital; Hebrew University Jerusalem

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

ALL INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

17:00-17:30 PRESENTATIONS & CLOSING COMMENTS

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