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Past Events

Past EventsSaturday, March 1

Ari Shavit: Israel and the Diaspora

Ari Shavit
Chair: Michael Goldfarb

Extra session with Ari Shavit added to the 2014 festival in response to popular demand

In My Promised Land, Israeli author and journalist Ari Shavit writes about his country with both love and misgiving. In this additional event - a second chance to hear him at this year's festival - he discusses with American journalist Michael Goldfarb how Jews of the Diaspora fit into his analysis.

What changes in Jewish identity have been brought about by the creation of Israel and the battle to sustain it? Is an Israeli a fundamentally different kind of Jew to one brought up in a suburb of London or New York?

The conversation will explore the role of the diaspora in Israeli politics and touch on hard questions about whether Jews living in other countries have a role in securing Israel's future and how much the fractures in Israeli society are mirrored elsewhere.

Ari Shavit is a leading Israeli columnist and writer. In the 1980s he wrote for the progressive weekly Koteret Rashit, in the early 1990s he was Chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and in 1995 he joined Haaretz, where he serves on the editorial board. He is married with three children.

Michael Goldfarb has covered conflicts and conflict resolution from Northern Ireland to Bosnia to Iraq.  His work has appeared in The New York Times, Guardian, Observer, and Washington Post but he is best known for his work in broadcasting.  He is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 and was for many years a correspondent for America's National Public Radio. His book Emancipation: How Liberating Europe's Jews From the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance, has just been published in Britain by Scribe UK.

Ari Shavit is also appearing on Monday 24 February in conversation with Jonathan Freedland, an event which is now completely sold out.

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