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January 28, 2009 > Israel Consul General speaks locally

Israel Consul General speaks locally

Pacific Northwest Region Israel Consul General Akiva Tor, stationed in San Francisco, will be on the California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) Hayward campus Tuesday, February 3 speaking on, "Israeli Democracy: Elections 2009," a briefing on the upcoming Israeli elections and an update on current political developments in the region.

This will be the second program of the academic year by the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences' Jewish Studies Program. On February 10, Israeli voters will choose a new Knesset (Parliament). The election takes place in the wake of renewed fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza strip and in the context of concerns about political corruption, the Israeli economy and the global economic crisis.

Which issues will be most important to Israeli voters? What are the differences among the competing parties? What outcomes are most likely? What impact might the election have on the prospects for peace? Join Consul-General Tor for an insider's view of the election and of the state of Israeli democracy.

Tor began his current post in August 2008. Previously, as World Jewish Affairs Adviser to the President of Israel, he founded the World Jewish Forum, a presidential initiative for creating a pan-Jewish strategy for stemming assimilation and decline in Jewish life. Tor has served as Director of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei and as Deputy Director for Palestinian Affairs. He was a Wexner Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government and has written and lectured extensively on Jewish values in the foreign policy of Israel.

The CSUEB Jewish Studies Program is part of a broader effort to engage the university and the community in global affairs and multicultural understanding. As part of this effort the Committee on Jewish Studies is sponsoring speakers and cultural events on, among other topics, Jewish culture and its relation with other ethnic cultures in the U.S., Jewish history, Jewish music, theater, and dance, as well as programs on Israel and the contemporary Middle East.

History Professor Henry Reichman is heading the committee; funding is by the Amy and Morton Friedkin Foundation of the East Bay Jewish Community Foundation.

A campus parking fee of $5 per vehicle per day is enforced at all times. Machines in lots take dollars and quarters.

Israel Consul General speaks locally
Tuesday, February 3
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Old University Union, Room 311
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
(510) 885-3183

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