Israel’s democratic crisis began long before the political tumult of 2023: it dates to the beginning of Israeli statehood and even earlier. Join us on Tuesday, October 24 at 1:00 PM at Columbia University, as Century International fellow Dahlia Scheindlin, author of the new book The Crooked Timber of Democracy in Israel, analyzes the erratic path of democracy in Israel. 

During the in-person event, Scheindlin will dismantle myths and images about Israel’s democratic history and decode the arguments now being fought so bitterly on the streets of Israel and in the halls of power. The discussion will explore the difficult questions Israel has never wanted to answer: Jewish identity and citizen equality, religion and state, borders, occupation and the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and the missing constitutional anchor for democratic principles.

All public areas of the venue are accessible. If you would like to request an accommodation to ensure maximum inclusion or have questions about accessibility, please make a note in your RSVP.


Sponsored by The Century Foundation’s Century International and Columbia SIPA Technology, Media, and Communications.