Human Rights Education in Israel: Four Types of Good Citizenship


  • Ayman Kamel Agbaria Faculty of Education University of Haifa
  • Revital Katz-Pade University of Haifa



This article examines the involvement of civil society organizations in human rights education (HRE) in Israel. Focussing on the educational programs of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), as a qualitative instrumental case study, this article examines the conceptions of good citizenship embedded in these programs. Specifically, the article analyzes the educational programs’ goals, content, targeted populations, and practices. The analysis revealed that ACRI’s HRE model reflect four ideal types of citizens: citizen of a democratic liberal state, citizen of a participatory polity, citizen of an ethical profession, and citizen of an empowered community. These constitute a multilayered human rights discourse that enables ACRI to engage differentially with various sectors and populations, while still remaining faithful to the ethno-national parameters of a Jewish and democratic state political framework.

Author Biographies

Ayman Kamel Agbaria, Faculty of Education University of Haifa

Dr. Ayman K. Agbaria ( studies education policy and politics in minority education contexts, with special attention to Muslim education. He is a lecturer in the Department of Leadership and Policy in Education at the University of Haifa. He also serves a faculty member of the Mandel Leadership Institute. He is the editor of two books: Teacher Education in the Palestinian Society in Israel − Institutional Practices and Educational Policy (Resling) and Commitment, Character, and Citizenship: Religious Schooling in Liberal Democracy (with Hanan A. Alexander, Routledge). 

Revital Katz-Pade, University of Haifa

Revital Katz (, Doctoral Student, Faculty of Education, The University of Haifa, Israel.


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