December 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Can We Talk About Israel?: A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted
A primer on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
“Can’t you just explain the Israel situation to me? In, like, 10 minutes or less?” This is the question Daniel Sokatch is used to answering on an almost daily basis. As the head of the New Israel Fund, which is dedicated to equality and democracy for all Israelis, not just Jews, Sokatch is supremely well-versed on the Israeli conflict.
Can We Talk About Israel? is the story of that conflict, and of why so many people feel so strongly about it without actually understanding it very well at all. It is an attempt to grapple with a century-long struggle between two peoples that both perceive themselves as (and indeed are) victims. And it’s an attempt to explain why Israel (and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict) inspires such extreme feelings‚ why it seems like Israel is the answer to “what is wrong with the world” for half the people in it, and “what is right with the world” for the other half.
Daniel Sokatch is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Israel Fund (NIF). He served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, and as the founding Executive Director of the Los Angeles-based Progressive Jewish Alliance. Sokatch has an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a JD from Boston College Law School, and a BA from Brandeis University.