The Inter-Agency Task Force All-Members Meeting
The Inter-Agency Task Force All-Members MeetingDec 9, 2014 8:30am
Please join us on December 9th for the Task Force All-Members Meeting:
Jewish-Arab Relations in Israel | 2014: Perspectives, history and future
Ari Shavit, Columnist and bestselling author of My Promised Land, the Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, and
Jacky Khouri, Haaretz correspondent on Arab citizens, Palestinians and the Arab world
What lessons can hindsight provide about Jewish-Arab relations today and into the future? How have changes in Israel's political landscape affected Jewish-Arab relations in Israel over the years? Does the country's relationships with its neighbors affect internal relations differently today than in the past?
Join us at the Task Force All-Members Meeting, Jewish-Arab Relations | 2014: Perspectives, history and future, to explore changes in Jewish-Arab relations with Ari Shavit and Jacky Khouri, and for a discussions of Task Force activities on these and related issues over the last year and plans for 2015.
- Ari Shavit, best-selling author and columnist, analyzes Israeli society against the backdrop of earlier visions and articulates new expectations for this complex society.
- Jacky Khouri, Haaretz correspondent, tracks developments in Israel's Arab society for both Hebrew and Arabic media. He has covered some of the major events affecting Jewish-Arab relations over the past decade.
December 9th, 2014
8:30am - 2:30pm
New York City
Location details will be provided upon RSVP
About the speakers:
Ari Shavit is a leading Israeli columnist and writer. With the recent publication of his internationally acclaimed book My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, he has become one of the most talked about and influential authors of 2014. While My Promised Land became a New York Times bestseller and was described by its literary critic as one of the best 10 books of the year, it won outstanding acclaim, created an unprecedented buzz and was perceived as a game changer that is required reading for anyone engaged with Israel, with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and with the Middle East. Among its best known captivated readers are President Barak Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, leading American and European statesmen and such prominent figures as Tom Friedman, David Remnick, Jeff Goldberg, Leon Weiseltier, Charlie Rose, Fareed Zacharia, David Brooks, John le Carrè, David Milliband and Simon Schama. Leading senators, congressmen, scholars, diplomats, journalists, businessmen and community leaders – of different political persuasions – have described it as a formative book which totally transformed their understanding of the holyland conflict, the Zionist project, modern Jewish history and the Geo-politics of the Middle East. A long time columnist for the leading Israeli daily Haaretz and a prominent commentator on Israeli public TV, Mr. Shavit has become in recent years one of the strongest voices in the nation’s public arena. In an elegant, eloquent and yet daring way he challenges the dogmas of both Right and Left while giving a unique insight into the overall Israeli condition. Now, with the outstanding success of his unique non- fiction work — which is to be published in more than thirty countries—he brings his exceptional message to international audiences. Since November 2013 he has held over a hundred public events that stirred and inspired tens of thousands of Americans, Brits and Europeans. Born in Rehovot, Israel, in 1957, Shavit served as a paratrooper in the IDF and studied philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In the 1980s, he wrote for the progressive weekly Kotert Rashit. In the early 1990s, he was Chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and in 1995 he joined Haaretz, where he serves on the editorial board. Shavit is also a leading commentator on Israel’s public TV Channel 1. In 2005 Shavit published Partition -- a book exploring the different approaches to conflict, occupation and peace.
Jacky Khouri is the Haaretz newspaper's Correspondent for issues relating to Arab citizens of Israel, as well as to the Palestinians and the Arab world. He is also the Director of the News Department for A Shams Radio (the only regional Israeli radio in Arabic). His previous experience includes working as a reporter and anchorman for various news and media outlets including Asinara Magazine, Tsafon ("North") Newspaper and Schoken Network, TEVEL Cable TV, TV Channel One's Weekly Broadcast and HOT Cable TV's Arabic News. As part of his journalistic work, he covered some of the major events of the recent decade including the Second Lebanon War of 2006, the US National Elections (2008 as envoy for the US Embassy to Israel for Haaretz and Radio A Shams), The Summits of Cairo and Amman (as an envoy of Haaretz), signing the Geneva Accord (2003 as an envoy for Radio A Shams), events related to the "Arab Spring", President Obama's Visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority and recently Protective Shield Operation. Khouri has a BA in General History from Haifa University and graduated the Israeli Journalism Association and Haaretz' Course for News Anchors and Media Directors. Khouri lives in the village of Fasouta, is married and has three children.
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