Haaretz is coming to London. The Haaretz Israel Conference, held in partnership with JW3, Jewish Community Centre London, will be held on July 3. It promises to offer an authoritative and authentic picture of the challenges and opportunities facing Israel, internally and on the world stage.
Haaretz conferences bring together Israeli, Palestinian and international decision-makers, with the newspaper’s leading writers and analysts for in-depth discussions about Israel and its relations with Jewish communities in the Diaspora and the international community. Previously held in New York and Palo Alto and across Israel, Haaretz Conferences have a proven track record of generating headlines, sparking discussion and enriching their participants.
Headlining the 2016 London conference will be former Israeli acting prime minister and foreign minister Tzipi Livni and the Deputy Secretary General of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub. Both Livni and Rajoub have been key participants in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and will bring their unique insider perspectives to the conference.
Conference sessions will feature the rising star of Israeli politics, the Zionist Union’s MK Stav Shaffir as well as Ari Shavit, Haaretz’s own best-selling author of the book "My Promised Land." Other prominent participants include: the Rt. Hon. MP Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Dr. Sufian Abu Zaida, of the Gaza Institute for Political and Strategic Studies, Brig. Gen. (ret.) Israela Oron, Israel’s former Deputy National Security Advisor, and Israel’s former deputy foreign minister Ambassador Danny Ayalon.
Special features will include a conversation between Haaretz Editor-in-Chief Aluf Benn and Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland in memory of the late David Landau, a London-born journalist who served as editor-in-chief of Haaretz from 2004 to 2008, founded its English edition and was awarded an OBE in 2014. Chemi Shalev, Haaretz’s U.S. editor, will offer an up-to-the-minute overview of the dramatic American presidential elections.
A series of discussions will tackle such pressing and controversial issues as “EasyJet Zionism: Is the distance between Israelis and Diaspora Jews growing?” “One State, Two States, Stalemate,” “A Jewish-democratic state or democracy for the Jews?” and "Has the Jewish State failed Judaism?"
Prominent members of the local Jewish community who will be speaking at the conference include JW3 CEO Raymond Simonson, Sir Mick Davis, chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, Hannah Weisfeld, director of Yachad, and The Times columnist Melanie Phillips.
Established in 1919, Haaretz is the leading progressive voice in Israel, with a long track record in support of liberal Zionism, social justice and an equitable peace solution with the Palestinians. Haaretz conferences present a wide range of view and encourage free and open discussion in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect.
JW3, opened in 2013, is a state-of-the-art community and cultural venue in West Hampstead, a charity established for the benefit of the Jewish community, the local community, and for the people of London. Designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, JW3 houses a 270-seat auditorium, a 60-seat cinema, a demonstration kitchen, dance studios, classrooms and Zest, JW3’s in-house restaurant and bar.