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Presidential Initiative on Constructive Dialogue: How Do We Talk about Israel and Palestine?

February 5 @ 4:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Today’s event will be presented online only due to the extreme weather conditions across southern California.

Join a conversation with Salam Al-Marayati and Daniel Sokatch, “How Do We Talk about Israel and Palestine?” on February 5 at 4:30 p.m. Attend via Zoom or watch the live-stream here.

Speakers: Salam Al-Marayati and Daniel Sokatch
Emcee: Jan Barker Alexander, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Pitzer College
Moderator: Strom C. Thacker, President, Pitzer College

This discussion is part of the Pitzer College Presidential Initiative on Constructive Dialogue, which focuses on how we in the Pitzer community and beyond can talk constructively about challenging issues. President Strom C. Thacker will moderate the discussion, which will be conducted as a constructive dialogue between the two panelists.

Salam Al-Marayati is president and co-founder of the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council. He is an expert on Islam in the West, Muslim reform movements, human rights, democracy, national security, and Middle East politics. He has spoken at the White House and on Capitol Hill and has represented the U.S. at international human rights and religious freedom conferences. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

Daniel Sokatch is CEO of the New Israel Fund and author of Can We Talk About Israel? A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted, a National Jewish Book Award finalist. The NIF is an organization with joint Jewish-Palestinian leadership whose work includes supporting Palestinians in Israel, human rights groups monitoring and defending human rights in the occupied territories, and more.Daniel previously served as CEO of the Jewish Community Federation, Bay Area and Sonoma County, and was founding Executive Director of the Progressive Jewish Alliance (now Bend the Arc). He has been named to The Forward newspaper’s annual list of fifty leading Jewish decision-makers and opinion-shapers and has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Haaretz, and others.


February 5
4:30 pm - 6:15 pm
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