Behind the Headlines: Making Sense of the Middle East
Recent events in the Middle East have once again thrust this volatile region onto the world’s headlines. The speed in which new developments occur in this troubled part of the world can often times confuse even the most educated person.
Currently, the Arab world is deeply divided between radicals and “moderates.” There are also growing tensions between Shiites and Sunnis. Israel’s role in this dangerous neighborhood is consequently changing, presently allying itself with moderate Sunnis against the Islamic fundamentalists.
However in the Middle East, the concept of allies can be best defined as “who one hates least”.
The Gaza War has unmasked the face of that most ancient of hatreds, anti-Semitism. It seems that regardless of Israel’s behavior certain Europeans blame the country. Yet, the atrocities being perpetrated in nearby Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and other parts of the Middle East are consistently and disconcertingly ignored.
This webinar will consider the challenges facing the Middle East, Israel and global Jewry.
This webinar, hosted jointly by ARZENU and the World Union, will be led by our guest presenter Prof. Paul Liptz, a social historian who lectured for 35 years in the Tel Aviv University Department of Middle Eastern and African History. Liptz has taught IDF Reservists as well as Israel Studies at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. He has published many articles on contemporary Jewry and Jewish history, as well as having lectured and conducted workshops in 12 countries. Currently, Professor Liptz is the Education Director of the World Union’s Anita Saltz International Education Center.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. By registering, you will be able to view the webinar even if you are not able to join during the live session. After the event, you will be sent a link to the entire webinar.
- Title: Making Sense of the Middle East with Professor Paul Liptz
- Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014
- Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM IDT
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