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Thur, April 27, 1pm EST - The Israeli Fight for Democracy - A View from Israel with Amir Tibon
Please RSVP - Excited About This Conversation
The battle to ensure freedom and democracy prevail is a global one, and one its front lines today is in Israel. As the New York Times Editorial Board recently wrote:
In a triumph for democracy, a remarkable popular uprising has compelled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to suspend his far-right coalition’s assault on the country’s judiciary. Over the past few months, Israelis from across the social and political spectrum — labor unions, Army reservists, diplomats, health workers and students — have filled the streets to deliver a full-throated rejection of Mr. Netanyahu’s plan to remove almost all legal restraints on his government.
There is much there to celebrate, especially when elected autocrats in many parts of the world are succeeding in weakening the rule of law so they can trample on human rights, silence dissent and punish political enemies.
But in the coming days, as Israel gets back to business after various holidays, we will learn whether Bibi is going to back off his assault on Israel’s democracy or whether it was just a tactical delay. To get us up to speed on the latest developments we will be joined by Amir Tibon, a leading Israeli journalist, who will come to us live from Israel. You can learn more about Amir below.
Our discussion will take place on Thursday, April 27th at 1pm EST here in the US. You can register here for Zoom, or watch live on my YouTube channel. This event is free and open to the public so feel free to invite others. A recording will also be available here on Hopium and on my YouTube channel Thursday afternoon for those who can’t join us live.
Hope to see you Thursday. Excited for this conversation- Simon
Warriors of the 73' Yom Kippur War wave an authentic old Israeli flag
Amir Tibon is a senior editor for Haaretz, Israel's newspaper of record. From 2017-2020 he was Haaretz's Washington correspondent, responsible for coverage of the Trump administration, Congress and the U.S. Jewish community. Prior to that, he was diplomatic correspondent for Walla News, a leading Israeli news website. His writing on Israel and the Middle East has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The New Yorker and other leading U.S. publications. His first book, a biography of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, came out in 2017. Amir lives in a small community on Israel's border with Gaza together with his wife and two daughters.