Israeli Gov’t Member to Speak – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Israeli Gov’t Member to Speak

On Monday, March 1, HWS Hillel will sponsor a talk by Ishmael Khaldi, the highest ranking Bedouin within the Jewish state, at 7 p.m. in the Sanford Room in the Warren Hunting Smith Library. 

As an ethnic minority in Israel, Khaldi has delivered presentations at McGill University, Carnegie Mellon University, Western Ontario University, Swarthmore College and Georgetown University, describing the experience of Arabs in the predominantly Jewish state, as well as his family, his upbringing and his adult life in Israel.

“We believe that Mr. Khaldi’s point of view is one that is not often presented,” says Director of the Abbe Center for Jewish Life and HWS Hillel Advisor Lorinda Weinstock.   “We feel it is important to also hear the voice of one of Israel’s minorities, the Bedouin, and especially one who is in the current government.”

Born and raised in Galilee, Khaldi holds a master’s degree in political science from Tel Aviv University.  He has served in the Israeli Defense Ministry and the Israeli Police Force, before joining the Israeli Defense Forces as a political analyst.  A strong advocate of the Jewish state, Khaldi spent two years living in the San Francisco area, working for the Israeli Consulate, and now serves under Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Israel.  Khaldi is also currently in the process of finishing a book, titled “A Shepherd’s Journey.”

This talk is free and open to the public.  All are encouraged to attend.