Status Quo or State of Emergency: a New Gen Event
Wednesday 26 September in a Belsize Park location (the address will be sent before the event to those who have registered)
6:30pm: Drinks & snacks
7pm: Q&A with Daniel Sokatch
8:15pm: Light seasonal dinner and mingling
There is no charge, but please register here if you would like to join us.
Please note this is a new gen event for our community of young supporters. For more information about new gen, click here
About the event:
The Nation State Law passed by the Israeli government last month has attracted much attention, criticised for damaging Israeli democracy and formalising Arab Palestinian Israelis’ status as second class citizens. Tens of thousands of Israelis have protested it. President Reuven Rivlin said he would sign it in Arabic in protest. The Board of Deputies expressed concern about it to the Israeli ambassador. Its defenders say it changes nothing – but what would that say about the status quo?
We’re lucky to have Daniel Sokatch, NIF’s global CEO, joining New Gen for an interactive Q&A on the law on Wednesday 26 September. Daniel, who has described the law as “a danger to Israel’s future”, has led NIF since 2009 and is an incredibly charismatic and knowledgeable speaker who won’t shy away from challenging questions.
Led by our New Gen Activism Fellows, we’ll ask not only what the law actually says, but what was left out, what the practical implications are likely to be, and what’s being done in response, as well as looking at how it fits into the tension between Israel’s Jewish and democratic characteristics. You’ll be able to submit more questions in advance and on the night.
This will be the first joint event for our New Gen and Young Israeli communities, ensuring we’ll hear both Israeli and Diaspora perspectives on an issue which is widening the gap between Israel and the Diaspora, and between liberal Israelis and their country.
This is a great opportunity to join a real conversation with a true expert on a troubling subject – don’t miss it.
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