The East Jerusalem Palestinian Who Became Israel's Chief Scientist

Tareq Abu Hamad is the first Jerusalem Palestinian to reach a senior position in an Israeli government ministry. Now, as director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, he describes what it's like to function as a Palestinian within the Israeli system, and the effort to promote renewable energy infrastructures in Gaza

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Nir Hasson
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When Tareq Abu Hamad held the post of acting chief scientist of the State of Israel, he was scheduled to take part in a meeting at the Soreq Nuclear Research Center, south of Tel Aviv. “I got to the reactor and they said that we would actually meet outside instead of inside. It was obvious to me that it was only because I was there,” he says, but quickly makes it clear that “in the end I went in. I think I may be the first Arab to ever enter” the center, whose work is related to civilian, not military, purposes.

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