Rank and File: Tel Aviv University to Hold Symposium on Israeli Refugee Policy

Steven Klein
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Prof. Alon Tal.
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Steven Klein

ON MIGRANTS THEN AND NOW: There is an irony to the impending deportation of asylum seekers at Passover, Prof. Alon Tal, the chairman of Tel Aviv University’s department of public policy, has noted. “There were two Pharaohs in the Israelites’ experience in Egypt,” said Tal, whose department will be co-hosting a special symposium on migration and refugee policy in Israel at the university next Thursday. “The second was a vicious tyrant, but the first generously welcomed Jacob and the children of Israel into Egypt as economic refugees.” The gathering “constitutes the first serious public discussion in an academic institution about the recent crisis,” added Tal, who hails from North Carolina. Prof. Shlomo Mor Yosef, the director general of the Interior Ministry’s population and immigration authority, will deliver the opening address, followed by a panel of experts from academia, NGOs and refugee community representatives. For more information, call Maya Nahum at (054) 466-0528.

REVISITING AN ASSASSINATION: This year marks the 70th anniversary of the assassination of Count Folke Bernadotte, the Swedish diplomat who was serving as the United Nations mediator in the Arab-Israeli conflict, when he was killed by Lehi terrorists. On March 22, he will be the subject of a lecture by Prof. Dov Levitan for the Herzliya Cultural Group’s Thursday lecture series. A member of Sweden’s royal family, Bernadotte had a humanitarian record as head of the Swedish Red Cross during World War II, negotiating the release of over 30,000 prisoners from German concentration camps, including 450 Danish Jews from the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Levitan, who was born in Denmark, shed new light on Bernadotte in his doctoral dissertation for Bar-Ilan University. Sweden’s ambassador to Israel, Magnus Hellgren, will give an introduction. For more info, call Howard Ross at (054) 466-4498.

A WINNING ATTITUDE: The night before she ran last Friday’s Jerusalem Marathon, Beatie Deutsch’s baby was up for two hours crying and wouldn’t sleep. “I could have easily gotten frustrated but again I reminded myself to stay positive,” said the mother of five. That positive attitude helped her not only beat the time she had set for herself but also made her the fastest Israeli woman with a time of 3:09. Winning thrilled her not only because of the glory but also because it gave her a platform to spread the word about the two charities she was running for: One Family, which supports the victims of terror attacks and their families, and Beit Daniella, a therapeutic rehabilitative day center. Beit Daniella, for which she has raised over $13,000 and counting, is named for Deutsch’s cousin Daniella Pardes, who suffered from anorexia and lost her life at the age of 14. For more info or to donate, visit http://thechesedfund.com/cause/beit-daniella-therapeutic-rehabilitative-day-center.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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