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Hundreds of students to discuss the future of Israel at Brandeis

Posted by Your Town  January 25, 2013 06:15 PM

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Hundreds of students are expected to attend a conference Sunday at Brandeis University, where they will discuss the future of Israel and hear from experts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The student group Brandeis Visions for Israel in an Evolving World is leading the conference, and the speakers will range from writers to Middle East advisors. The experts include Dr. Aaron David Miller, the former Middle East Advisor to six different US Secretaries of State, Professor Tova Hartman, the winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Women’s Studies, Bambi Sheleg, an Israeli journalist, and Yousef Bashir, a student at Northeastern University who was raised in the Gaza Strip.

Chen Arad, a member of bVIEW, said that 250 students from 15 colleges across the northeast have registered for the conference. He said that bVIEW is not trying to advance any political platform, and instead the group wants to bring together students who are pro-Israeli, pro-Palestinian, or anywhere in between.

“We are not trying to promote any sort of agenda,” Arad said. “What we are trying to do is improve the conservation.”

Arad, who is an Israeli, said the group was founded about six months ago, with a mission of creating a less-polarizing, more productive conversation around the future of Israel.

“We want to move away from this shouting match and create a better discussion,” he said.

The conference is an all-day event, and is free for students. Non-students are welcome, but there is a $20 charge. For those who would like to learn more about the event, click here.

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