We in the West often delude ourselves into believing that all cultures have exactly the same goals (peace, prosperity, freedom) and exactly the same values (human life, honesty, human rights). And although all of these goals and values are undoubtedly part of every human culture, not all cultures value them to the same degree that we do in the West.
The purpose of this organization, led by Dr. Mordechai Kedar, is to open a window into the Muslim and Arab world, past and present, including variations according to religion, sect, country, ethnic origin, etc. – its culture, its history, its aspirations, its thought patterns, and issues covered in the Arabic media. We hope that this will provide essential insight into this varied and important part of the world.
Mordechai Kedar (born 1952 in Tel Aviv; Hebrew: מרדכי קידר; Arabic: مردخاي كيدار) is an Israeli scholar of Arabic literature and a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University. He holds the Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University.
Kedar is an academic expert on the Israeli Arab population. He served for twenty-five years in IDF Military Intelligence, where he specialized in Islamic groups, the political discourse of Arab countries, the Arabic press and mass media, and the Syrian domestic arena. The Los Angeles Times‘ Edmund Sanders described him as “one of the few Arabic-speaking Israeli pundits seen on Arabic satellite channels defending Israel”.