JULY 1 is the date Israel’s government may begin proceedings to annex parts of the West Bank! Likely annexation has generated international and domestic consternation – and threats that it will end any remaining chance for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Jordan warns of “serious regional tensions.” Dr. Shaul Arieli, perhaps the single best-qualified Israeli to discuss all aspects of annexation, will explain the process and its implications.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 | 12 – 1:15 PM (EST)
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Dr. Arieli was a senior combat officer in the IDF and has also filled key positions in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. He is currently an external lecturer at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of the initiators and leaders of the Geneva Initiative, and a leader of Commanders for Israel’s Security. Arieli is a foremost expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel’s borders, and the security barrier.
His recent publications include: The Territorial Aspect in the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations for a Permanent Agreement (with Ron Pundak); Biting off More than You Can Chew: Approaches to the Struggle over the Borders of Israel, and many other works.
The Conflict Over the Conflict
Kenneth S. Stern
Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:15 PM (EST)
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Kenneth S. Stern is the director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate and an attorney and award-winning author. For twenty-five years, he was the American Jewish Committee’s expert on antisemitism, and also the lead drafter of the “Working Definition of Antisemitism.” He has argued before the Supreme Court of the United States and testified before Congress, and he is a frequent guest on television and radio. His newest book is The Conflict Over the Conflict: The Israel/Palestine Campus Debate (New Jewish Press, 2020). It examines why it is difficult to have rational discussions about this hot-button issue and how activists on each side are trying to censor each other. He argues that academic freedom and free speech are being compromised when they should be protected and promoted, and shows how the academy is the perfect place to use this issue to pursue its core mission: teaching students how to think.