Over 550 students heard one of Israel’s most senior journalists during his UK tour last week.
Distinguished journalist Ari Shavit was hosted by the Union of Jewish students, on a UK tour across five cities – Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Leeds and Oxford.
Shavit is a senior correspondent and on the editorial board for Haaretz, and is also the author of the 2013 New York Times bestseller ‘My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel’.
He engaged in discussions on Israeli current affairs, ‘Jewish peoplehood’ and peace for Israelis and Palestinians, offering insight as the former chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
On a week long trip, he attended events such as the weekly Lishma lunch J-Soc event in Leeds, ‘Tensions in Zionism: Can Israel Survive an Occupation?’ at the University of Cambridge’, and he was a special guest at LSE and UCL Israel Society’s first event of the term.
Joe Benedyk, Cambridge Jsoc Presiden saidt: “The Shavit event was a real, special highlight not only because of its powerful, meaningful and multifaceted message, but also because it offered the audience a significant way in which to frame the whole Israel-Palestine conflict, debate and discussion. The room was packed with new Jsoc faces as well as old(er) ones which was a true pleasure to see.”
Grace Diamond, Leeds J-Soc President said “It was an honor to host Ari Shavit in Leeds with 140 students having the immense opportunity to hear him speak. It was great to hear from such an interesting speaker and have the chance to have an open conversation”.
Ari Shavit’s tour took place between 7- 13 October.