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Below is the current Speakers Bureau of Hasbara Fellowships. To find out information about these speakers or to inquire about bringing them to your campus, please contact director@hasbarafellowships.org

Aaron Klein, Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Author, Radio Host
Amos Guiora, Professor of Law and Director of Institute for Global Security Law and Policy
Arieh Rosenblum, Historian, Political and Military Analyst, Advocacy and Commmunications Training
Aryeh Green, Director of Medical Central
Asaf Romirowsky, Middle East Analyst
Avi Jorisch, Founder Red Cell Intelligence Group
Benjamin Anthony, Founder of Our Soldiers Speak
Bob Feferman, Historical Analyst
Brigitte Gabriel, Director of American Congress for Truth
Caroline Glick, Managing Editor of the Jerusalem Post
Clare Lopez, Strategic Policy and Intelligence Expert
Daniel Pipes, Director of the Middle East Forum
David Olesker, Jerusalem Center for Communications and Advocacy Training
Dore Gold, President, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Elan Carr, Officer in the United States Army
Elliot Chodoff, Military and Politcal Analyst
Eugene Kontorovich, Professor of Law at Northwestern University Law School
Gary Kenzer, National USA Executive Director of Honest Reporting
Gil Hoffman, Political Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post
Glenn R. Plummer, President of Fellowships of Israel and Black America
Ishmael Khaldi, Israel's first Bedouin Diplomat
Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch

Itzik Yarkoni, Founder and Executive Director of BOMAH
Jonathan Adelman, Denver University
Jonathan Schanzer, Middle East Analyst, Author of Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine
Lavon Mercer, Basketball Coach
Mike Fegelman, Executive Director of Honest Reporting Canada
Moshe Katz, Krav Maga Self-Defense Instructor
Neil Lazarus, Director of Awesome Seminars
Nevet Basker, Freelance Consultant
Noam Bedein, Sederot Media Center for the Western Negev Ltd.
Tawfik Hamid, Professor of Law and Director of Institute for Global Security Law and Policy
Yaakov Katz, Senior Military Correspondent for the Jerusalem Post
Yisrael Ne'eman, Historian and Political Analyst

Aaron Klein, Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Author, Radio Host

Aaron Klein is a Jerusalem-based author, journalist, columnist and U.S.
radio and television commentator known for his close contacts with Middle East

He is the Jerusalem bureau chief for the popular news website
WorldNetDaily.com, where he files articles almost every day, usually from the field and
often quoting the days news makers. He is a columnist for the Jewish Press and
is author of the recently released bestselling book, "Schmoozing with
Terrorists," which chronicles Klein's in-person interviews with terrorists and
explains the true nature of the war against Israel and the West.

Klein is also author of the forthcoming book, "The Late, Great State of
Israel," which will bring to light the major, under-reported urgent threats
facing the Jewish state, including the threat from Gaza and the ramifications of
possible further Israeli withdrawals from strategic territory; the
international community's embrace of Hamas; the emboldenment of Iran and its Syrian and
Hezbollah clients; the festering of a UN-maintained "refugee crisis"; the
international media "assault" on the Jewish state; among other crucial topics.
The book is slated for release in early 2009.

Klein, a graduate of Yeshiva University in New York, is known for his
regular interviews with Mideast leaders and terrorists. He has interviewed jihadist
leaders from every major Palestinian terrorist organization.

Klein is a frequent guest on Fox News. He routinely serves as a co-host on
ABC Radio and has regular segments on top American radio programs.

Drawing on four years of frontline research that has often taken him into
the center of the conflict, Klein is available to speak on a wide variety of
issues, including current events in Israel and the threats from Iran, Syria,
and the Palestinian territories as well as explain the real war being waged by
jihadists versus the version of events reported by much of the media.

Radio host G. Gordon Liddy commented that Klein , whom Liddy calls "the most
accurate, talented reporter in the Middle East," has "better access to the
terrorist bad guys than Muhammad would if he came back from the dead."

U.S. radio host Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan, calls Klein
"the Middle East insider you need to know. Most network, cable and print
correspondents talk about the Middle East. Aaron Klein lives it. He tells my
listeners what the mainstream media report weeks later."

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Amos Guiora, Professor of Law and Director of Institute for Global Security Law and Policy

Amos N. Guiora is professor of law at The S. J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah.

Professor Guiora teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, International Law, Global Perspectives on Counter-terrorism, and Religion and Terrorism. In addition, Guiora incorporates innovative scenario-based instruction to address national and international security issues.

In collaboration with other leading experts at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, Guiora will help lead the school's efforts to provide cutting-edge research, innovative training, and public service initiatives in the prevention and mitigation of global conflict.

Prof. Guiora is a Research Fellow at the International Institute on Counter-Terrorism, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzeliya, Israel and has been awarded a Senior Specialist Fulbright Fellowship for The Netherlands in 2008.

Oxford University Press published Professor Guiora’s book “Constitutional Limits on Coercive Interrogation” (2008) and will publish “Freedom of Religion-Freedom from Religion: Rights, Conflicts and Obligations—A Comparative Perspective: Israel, The Netherlands, Turkey, UK and US,” (forthcoming, 2009). Prof. Guiora is the editor of Annual Review—Top Ten Global Security Law Review Articles, Oxford University Press.

Author of Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism (Aspen Publishers, 2007) and Fundamentals of Counterterrorism (Aspen Publishers, 2008), Professor Guiora writes and lectures extensively on issues such as “Legal Aspects of Counterterrorism,” “Global Perspectives of Counterterrorism,” “Terror Financing,” “International Law and Morality in Armed Conflict,” “Educating IDF Commanders and Soldiers on International Law and Morality,” and “Religion and Terrorism.”

Guiora testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, “Improving Detainee Policy: Handling Terrorism Detainees within the American Justice System,” (June, 2008) and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment, “Effectiveness, Accountability and Resilience in Homeland Security,” (May, 2008).

His publications include: “Interrogating the Detainees: Extending a Hand or a Boot,” University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, “Self-defense from the Wild West to 9/11—Who, What, Why, When,” Cornell Journal of International Law, 41 Cornell Int’l L.J. 3 (forthcoming 2008), “Anticipatory Self-Defense and International Law: A Re-evaluation,” Journal of Conflict & Security Law, 13 JCSL 1, 2008. “Using and Abusing Financial Markets—Money Laundering as the Achilles Heel of Terrorism,” co-authored with Brian Field, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law, “National Objectives in the Hands of Junior Leaders: IDF Experiences in Combating Terror,” co-authored with Martha Minow of Harvard University, included in Countering Terrorism in the 21st Century (Praeger Security International, 2007).

As an expert commentator, he is frequently interviewed and quoted by CNN, The Washington Post, PBS, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, BBC, C-Span, The Christian Science Monitor, Fox TV, the New York Daily News, KQV Newsradio Pittsburgh, Wisconsin Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, NPR, Fox TV, Chicago Sun Times, Voice of America, Wall Street Journal, WCPN, Associated Press, Seattle Post-Intelligence. Prof Guiora presented at “Authors@Google”.

Prof. Guiora’s op-eds have been published in the Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Cleveland Plain Dealer, East Valley Tribune (Mesa, Arizona), Los Angeles Times, Salt Lake Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle.

Prior to joining the S. J. Quinney faculty, Guiora was Professor of Law and the Founding Director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Law School. A grant application submitted by Prof. Guiora for an “Education Program for Prosecutors” was approved and funded for $250,000 by the Department of Justice.

Before joining Case in 2004, Professor Guiora served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces Judge Advocate General’s Corps (Lt. Col. Ret.). He held a number of senior command positions, including Commander of the IDF School of Military Law, Judge Advocate for the Navy and Home Front Command, and the Legal Advisor to the Gaza Strip.
Professor Guiora had command responsibility for the development of an interactive software program that teaches an eleven point code-of-conduct based on International Law, Israeli Law, and the IDF code. This internationally acclaimed program is used to teach IDF soldiers and commanders their obligations regarding a civilian population during an armed conflict.
During his military service, Professor Guiora was involved in legal and policy-making issues, including the capture of the PLO weapons ship Karine A, implementation of the Gaza-Jericho Agreement, the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement, and “Safe Passage” between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Professor Guiora graduated from Kenyon College in 1979 (Honors in History) and Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1985.

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Arieh Rosenblum , Historian, Political and Military Analyst, Advocacy and Communications Training

Arieh Rosenblum is a Toronto based consultant specializing in Israel advocacy, research and communications training. Arieh has held senior advocacy portfolios at B'nai Brith Canada and the Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy, with a special focus on campus activism. He has written for a national Jewish weekly newspaper, as well as editing one of the internet's first webzines. Arieh is currently an Associate Editor and Contributing writer with Presentense Magazine, a part of the Institute for Creative Zionism. Arieh's work has enabled him to engage with politicians, Prime Ministers, cabinet ministers, diplomats, journalists and senior military figures in Israel, the U.S, and Canada. His extensive knowledge of and familiarity with Israel from a military, geographic, cultural and theological perspective has guided his training of hundreds of Israel activists. He writes and speaks on a range of issues including strategic analysis of historical and current events in the Middle East, effective advocacy tactics and strategy, crisis communications, anti-Semitism, radical anti-Zionism, and Jewish history. Arieh is a signatory of the Euston Manifesto, and has been awarded an IRAP grant from the National Research Council of Canada. He lives just outside Toronto with his wife and 4 children. Arieh is available to speak on your campus or at your conference throughout the year.

To reach Arieh please email him at arieh@asrconsult.com.

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Aryeh Green, head of Media Central

Aryeh Green is head of Media Central, a Jerusalem project providing services to the foreign media in Israel, and has an extensive background in strategic communications in both the public and private sectors. For many years, he has been a senior advisor to Natan Sharansky, former cabinet minister and Member of Knesset, working to support Israel on campuses and to combat anti-Semitism as well as to promote democracy in the region. His provocative talks on Sharansky, Human Rights & Freedom in the Middle East have helped to set the record straight on Israel's human rights record on campuses across North America and Europe.

Since 1990, Green has worked or served as a business consultant for leading companies in Israel and abroad, including ECI Telecom, Aladdin, Audiocodes, Finjan, Lannet, Moto Guzzi, Pfizer, Bank HaPoalim and others. He is a noted public speaker and has lectured in universities and before numerous groups in Israel, North America and Europe.

Green is originally from Washington D.C. and San Francisco, and moved to Israel with his wife, Katie, from London, in 1984. He holds a BA in psychology from UC Berkeley, an MA in international relations from Hebrew University, and an MSc in business management from Boston/Ben Gurion Universities. He has been published in Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, Israel21C, Washington Jewish Week, SF Northern California Jewish Bulletin, Israel Insider, and on his blog at

Aryeh's email is aryeh.green@gmail.com

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Middle East Analyst Asaf Romirowsky is an adjunct scholar at the Foundation for Defense for Democracies, and the Middle East Forum. Dr. Romirowsky got his start in the policy world as a research fellow at the Middle East Forum, a Philadelphia-based think tank headed by scholar Daniel Pipes. Dr. Romirowsky is a former IDF (Israel Defense Force) International Relations liaison officer in the West Bank, and to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Dr. Romirowsky holds a BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, masters degrees from Villanova University and West Chester University and a doctorate from Kings College London. Dr. Romirowsky publishes widely in the national press as well as in scholarly journals and makes frequent appearences in the media. In addition, to lecturing and teaching to a wide range of audiences and programs around the world. He has traveled widely in Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories.

If you would like to bring Mr. Romirowsky to your campus, contact him at: romirowsky@gmail.com

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Avi Jorisch is the founder of the Red Cell Intelligence Group, a consulting and training firm that specializes in national security issues relating to terrorism, illicit finance and radical Islam. In addition, he is an Adjunct Scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University.

Previously, Mr. Jorisch served as a Policy Advisor at the Treasury Department's office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, a liaison to the Department of Homeland Security and an Arab media and terrorism consultant for the Department of Defense. Mr. Jorisch also served as the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Terrorist Media, an organization comprised of Muslim, Christian, Jewish and secular organizations concerned about the role terrorist organizations play in funding various media outlets. The Coalition's advocacy campaign resulted in the removal of al-Manar programming from several major satellite providers, among other important policy changes.

Mr. Jorisch has traveled extensively in the Middle East, including Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, Egypt, Qatar, Turkey, and Morocco. He has written at length about illicit finance, radical Islam and counter-terrorism.

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Benjamin Anthony, Founder of Our Soldiers Speak

Sgt. Benjamin Anthony (Res.) (BA Hons.) is a veteran IDF combat soldier and the founder of Our Soldiers Speak.

Specializing as a heavy machine gunner, Sgt. Anthony played an active role in some of Israel’s more recent operations to defend her citizens from terror. He served behind enemy lines during such struggles and has extensive experience serving within Israel’s territories.

Since his release from full-time service, Sgt. Anthony has lectured to audiences across the United States and the United Kingdom with the aim of bringing the proud truth of Israel’s soldiers from the front lines of battle to the people of the Diaspora.

To date, he has spoken before many of the most esteemed congregations and synagogues in North America and has lectured to the students of some of the United States’ most prestigious universities.
Drawing on his first-hand experience as an IDF Sergeant, Benjamin Anthony’s talks open the door to the apolitical realties of the tremendous challenges facing Israel’s soldiers.

Topics he discusses include:

· The humanity of an IDF combat soldier
· The ethical code to which soldiers adhere
· The difficulties and dilemmas facing soldiers battling a guerrilla enemy
· The immediacy of the threat facing Israel, her citizens and her soldiers
· The conduct and emotions of IDF soldiers post battle
· The cost of war and the hope to be found within
· The role of the members of the Diaspora in the security of Israel
· The pride he takes in having served in the company of his IDF comrades

Benjamin is available to lecture before audiences of all types, from synagogues to churches, schools to youth groups, federations to business lunches to universities.

To bring Sergeant Benjamin Anthony to your campus, contact Our Soldiers Speak.

Bob Feferman, Historical Analyst

Over the past 7 years, Israel has repeatedly come under attack in the media for defending itself against terror. Too often, events are taken out of their historical context. Former editor of the Jerusalem Post, Brett Stephens, called this phenomenon "Getting it right while getting it wrong." The facts may be correct, but the context is missing. Missing context has done great harm to Israel's image.

Come and join Bob Feferman in learning the history and geography of this complex conflict through a 60 minute power-point presentation. Advocates for Israel will find that this presentation provides the essential information necessary to defend Israel's cause. Bob Feferman lived in Israel for 11 years, served in the Israel Defense Forces and now teaches social studies to middle school students at The Montessori Academy in Mishawaka, Indiana.

To bring Mr. Feferman to your campus, you may email him at rfefe@comcast.net.

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Brigitte Gabriel, Director of American Congress for Truth

Brigitte Gabriel is a Lebanese Christian and Middle East correspondent. She speaks of her experiences of losing her country of birth, Lebanon, to militant Muslim fundamentalists.

In 2002, Ms. Gabriel founded American Congress for Truth (ACT) to provide information about the Middle East conflict and to give a platform to Americans, both Jews and Christians, who have lost their voice to political correctness.

Gabriel has written a book entitled, "Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America." She speaks profoundly and passionately from the heart.

For more information on Brigitte Gabriel and her activities go to: AmericanCongressForTruth.com

If you would like to bring Ms. Gabriel to your campus, email her at: actforamerica@aol.com

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Caroline Glick, Managing Editor of the Jerusalem Post

Caroline Glick was born in the United States and made Aliyah to Israel immediately after graduating from Columbia University. She worked in the IDF's Judge Advocate General division during the First Intifada in 1992, and while there edited and co-authored an IDF-published book, "Israel, the Intifada and the Rule of Law."

She retired from the military with the rank of captain at the end of 1996. In 1997 and 1998 she served as assistant foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Caroline returned to the US to get her Master of Arts in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, in 2000.

Upon Caroline’s return to Israel, she became, and remains, the chief diplomatic correspondent for Makor Rishon newspaper, for which she writes a weekly column in Hebrew. She is also the deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post for which she writes two weekly syndicated columns. Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the National Review, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Times, Maariv and major Jewish newspapers worldwide.

She has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News Channel, Sky News, the Christian Broadcasting Network, and all of Israel’s major television networks. She also makes frequent radio appearances both in the US and Israel.

If you would like to bring Caroline Glick to your campus, contact her at: cbglick@zahav.net.il

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Ms. Lopez is a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on Middle East, national defense, and counterterrorism issues. Currently a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy and the Clarion Fund and vice president of the Intelligence Summit, she formerly was a career operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, a professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, Executive Director of the Iran Policy Committee, and has served as a consultant, intelligence analyst, and researcher for a variety of defense firms.

She has been a Visiting Researcher and guest lecturer on counterterrorism, national defense, and international relations at Georgetown University.Ms. Lopez is a regular contributor to print and broadcast media on subjects related to Iran and the Middle East and the co- author of two published books on Iran.

If you would like to bring Ms. Lopez to your campus, contact her at: clarelopez@gmail.com

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Daniel Pipes, Director of the Middle East Forum

Pipes is a prize-winning columnist for the New York Post and the Jerusalem Post. His latest book is Militant Islam Reaches America. He is an expert on Islam and the Middle East, and speaks on all related issues.

He received his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1978) from Harvard University, both in history. He spent six years studying abroad, including three years in Egypt. Mr. Pipes speaks French, and reads Arabic and German. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the U.S. Naval War College.

Please email him with a specific date for an engagement.
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David Olesker, Jerusalem Center for Communications and Advocacy Training

David Olesker is the founder and director of the Jerusalem Center for Communications and Advocacy Training (JCCAT).

He has three decades of practical experience of training advocates for Israel. Himself a former student activist in the UK, he is now a consultant and trainer for students, community activists and the staff of professional Israel advocacy organizations around the world. His clients have included major organizations such as the ADL and AIPAC as well as grassroots groups.

The director of one Jewish Federation's community and public affairs department wrote of him,
"David Olesker is widely recognized as one of the top two or three Israel-advocacy trainers in the world. His presentations are not only immensely useful, they're entertaining."
One student leader commented, "Olesker gave us a framework for developing pro-Israel campaigns that we can now follow even though he is off doing other things. The saying goes "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Well, Olesker taught us how to fish, and I am confident that we will be able to develop, on our own, more pro-active campaigns in the years to come."
An AIPAC regional director said, "Olesker consistently sends [participants] away educated, motivated and entertained."
Based in Jerusalem, David Olesker travels to North America often to share his expertise in communicating Israel's messages in an effective manner.

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Dore Gold, President, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Ambassador Dore Gold is President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He was the eleventh Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations (1997-1999).

Previously he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to the former Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. Ambassador Gold has served as an advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and accompanied his entourage to Washington and to the 2003 Aqaba Summit with President George W. Bush. He was a member of the Israeli delegation at the 1998 Wye River negotiations between Israel and the PLO, outside of Washington.

He negotiated the Note for the Record, which supplemented the 1997 Hebron Protocol, and in 1996 concluded the negotiations with the U.S., Lebanon, Syria, and France for the creation of the Monitoring Group for Southern Lebanon. In 1991, he served as an advisor to the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference. From 1985 to 1996 he was a senior research associate at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv University, where he was Director of the U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy Project.

Dr. Gold received his BA ('75), MA ('76), and PhD ('84) from Columbia University. Ambassador Gold has written numerous books and articles on the Middle East, including U.S. Military Strategy in the Middle East (Tel Aviv: Ministry of Defense Publications, 1993); Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism (Washington: Regnery, 2003); and Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos (New York: Crown Forum, 2004).

His articles have appeared in Asahi Shinbun, Commentary, Daily Telegraph, Die Zeit, Ha'aretz, Jerusalem Post, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Ofra, and their two children, Yael and Ariel.

Read more of his articles on his website: www.jcpa.org

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Elan Carr, Officer in the United States Army

A Middle East expert and linguist, a criminal prosecutor, a military officer, and a community leader, Elan S. Carr is a frequent speaker on Israel, Middle Eastern affairs, and terrorism.
Mr. Carr serves as an officer in the United States Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, and spent nearly a year on military deployment in Iraq. An American born to a prominent Iraqi Jewish family, he speaks Hebrew and the Iraqi dialect of Arabic, and is well-traveled throughout the Middle East.
During his service in Iraq, Mr. Carr regularly conducted Jewish services in the former presidential palace of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad and was the first to light a Hanukkiah in the presidential palace, for which he received wide coverage. He also met with the last remnants of the Iraqi Jewish community and visited Jewish sites.
As part of an anti-terrorism assessment team for the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), he traveled throughout much of Iraq helping to lead missions meant to anticipate and prevent terrorist attacks against Coalition assets. Then, as a Judge Advocate for Combined Joint Task Force Seven (CJTF-7), the Coalition’s military command for Iraq, he prosecuted terrorists and unlawful combatants who committed crimes against Coalition forces. These prosecutions were conducted before Iraqi judges of the Central Criminal Court of Iraq, and Mr. Carr’s Arabic language skills made him uniquely able to function in the delicate and historically unprecedented role of a U.S. military lawyer litigating before an Arab tribunal. He was also part of the Coalition Provisional Authority’s efforts to establish an independent Iraqi judiciary, and he helped to train Iraqi judges and lawyers on topics such as constitutional law and criminal defense.
Several years ago, in 1996, Mr. Carr worked in Israel as a legal advisor to Israel’s Ministry of Justice, where he helped to create the first-ever public defender’s office there. His experience in Israel and Iraq, his involvement in public issues in both those countries, and his language skills in both Hebrew and Arabic give him a unique perspective and influential voice on the most important issues affecting the Middle East today.
An attorney by profession, Mr. Carr serves as a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. Prior to his current appointment, he practiced commercial litigation in leading corporate law firms, including Kaye Scholer in New York and Irell & Manella in Los Angeles. He is an alumnus of The University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science, with honors, and of New York’s famed Stuyvesant High School. He earned his law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago.

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Elliot Chodoff, Military and Political Analyst

Elliot Chodoff is a political and military analyst specializing in the Middle East conflict and the global war on terror. He has presented and published papers on the subjects of Deterrence and US Military Manpower Policy, Cultural Relativism and Nuclear Deterrence Policy in the Middle East, and Israel's Changing Defense Posture Following the Invasion of Lebanon. His paper on Combat Motivation in Infantry Units is on the recommended reading list of the US Army War College.

While in Chicago, Elliot was Director of the Speakers Bureau for the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. Elliot moved to Israel in 1983, and was inducted into the IDF and reached the rank of Captain. He is a graduate of the Home Front Command Senior Commanders Course and presently serves as the Population Behavior Officer for the Northern District of Israel.

His specialties include military, political, and organizational sociology, international terrorism, military strategy and tactics, social change and conflict. He teaches and lectures on the topics of the Middle East Conflict, Terrorism, the Military Aspects of International Conflict, Sociology of Modern Israel and Zionism. Additionally, Elliot is co-founder of the website www.me-ontarget.com.

Elliot will be a visiting professor at the University of Memphis and will have time to travel for speaking engagements.

If you would like to bring Mr. Chodoff to your campus contact him at: ellichod@hotmail.com

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Eugene Kontorovich, Professor of Law at Northwestern University Law School

Professor Kontorovich specializes in constitutional and international law. His research focuses on extending the economic analysis of law to public law. He is also one of the leading experts on maritime piracy and universal jurisdiction, and has been called on to advise lawyers in historic piracy trials around the world. He is working on a book, Justice at Sea: Piracy and the Limits of International Criminal Law, under contract with Harvard University Press.

Prof. Kontorovich's scholarship has been published in leading scholarly journals such as the Stanford Law Review, Virginia Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, American Journal of International Law, and cited in federal judicial opinions as well as in the popular press.

He attended the University of Chicago for college and law school, and ultimately taught law there, as well as at George Mason University Law School. While in law school, he was a member of the law review and the Order of the Coif. After law school, he clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Additionally, he has spoken on Israel and international law for the Republican Jewish Committee, and to student groups at Berkeley, Washington University, Miami, Michigan, Georgetown, and many more. He also organized and lead a Aish Fellowships trip for law student three years ago. In addition, he organized and hosted an academic conference at Northwestern University on Israel and international law this past May.

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Gary Kenzer, National USA Executive Director of Honest Reporting

Gary Kenzer of Skokie Illinois the first National USA Executive Director of Honest Reporting began work for the organization in September 2006. Prior to his work with Honest Reporting, he was the National Director for Magen David Adom USA, another Israeli based organization. Other Jewish agencies he has worked with includes the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago, and B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO).

Gary believes in knowing his organizations from the inside out. This gives him a deep understanding of the inner workings of his organizations which makes him an effective and dynamic speaker. Kenzer has spoken at national and international conferences over the last ten years. In his first week with Honest Reporting, he traveled to Israel and worked with and learned first hand how senior media editors and other Honest Reporting researchers manage media bias through their research, and reporting.

Gary is also a true lover of Israel on a personal basis. He is a founding lay leader of the Community Foundation for Jewish Education's, Ta'am Yisrael which takes post bar and bat mitzvah young people to Israel for their first experience every February for one week. He has also led numerous missions to Israel in his professional life.

Gary has been in the non profit since 1984 when he graduated from the University Of Illinois Jane Addams College Of Social Work. He is certified by the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW).

Gary and his wife Cynthia are committed members of the Jewish community as well. Both are founding members of a Conservative congregation in their community, Kehillat Shalom. Gary is a member of the Reform and Conservative Jewish Educators associations in the Midwest and nationally a member of the Coalition for the Advancement for Jewish Education (CAJE).

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Gil Hoffman, Political Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post

Gil Hoffman is the chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post. Well-connected to Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Hoffman has interviewed every major figure across the Israeli political spectrum, has been interviewed by top media on six continents and is a regular analyst on CNN, Al-Jazeera and other news outlets.

Called "The most optimistic man in Israel" by Israel Television, Hoffman's writing and TV appearances provide a behind the scenes look at the intrigue and humor in the Israeli political arena.

Hoffman, who was raised in Chicago, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University's School of Journalism and wrote for the Miami Herald and Arizona Republic before moving to Israel. A reserve soldier in the IDF's Spokesman's Unit, he has lectured in six countries and more than 30 US states. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, daughter and baby boy.

Gil's Contact Information:
cell phone: 972-50-205-2612
email at: gil@jpost.com or gilhoffman@yahoo.com.

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Glenn R. Plummer, President of Fellowship of Israel and Black America

Glenn R. Plummer is an ordained minister, pastor, broadcaster, entrepreneur, and leader. He is at the helm of several organizations: Christian Television Network (CTN) as CEO, Ambassadors for Christ Church (AFC) where he is Senior Pastor, and the Fellowship of Israel and Black America (FIBA) where he serves as President.

Pastor Plummer has produced and hosted a number of national television programs throughout his career. Pastor Plummer recently served a four-year term as Chairman and CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). He is the first African American to hold that position in the 65-year history of the NRB.

The State of Israel and the Jewish people have held a very special place in Pastor Plummer’s heart and life, as he has visited Israel many times and led tours there on several occasions. He was the recipient of the Ambassador of Tourism Award in 2005, given annually by the State of Israel. Out of a burden and vision for the unification of Israel and Black America, which was placed in Pastor Plummer’s heart several years ago, FIBA was birthed. The purpose of FIBA is to unite Israel and Black America as international friends and strong allies, while also increasing goodwill and friendship between African Americans and American Jews.

Pastor Plummer has been the keynote speaker on two occasions at the Israeli Knesset (the nation’s parliament), addressing the issue of Black America and the State of Israel. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon requested Pastor Plummer’s attendance at multiple private meetings both in Israel and the United States. He has also testified before Congress and shared many occasions, both privately and publicly, with President George W. Bush. Recently, he met with Israel’s President, Shimon Peres, in the President’s residence in Jerusalem. He also met privately with past Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olment, during the planning of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center in Israel’s capital city of Jerusalem.

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Ishmael Khaldi, Israeli dIPlomat

Born and raised in the Galilee, Ishmael speaks about his family, his Bedouin back ground, his upbringing, and his life as a Muslim in the Jewish state.

Israel is constantly attacked for being racist towards non-Jews. But Ishmael proves that this is far from the truth as he describes the many advantages minorities in Israel enjoy compared to the surrounding countries in the Middle East.

Ishmael served two and a half years as Israel's deputy consul general in San Francisco, and now serves under Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. He is the highest ranking Bedouin in the history of Israel's foreign ministry.

Before beginning his career as a diplomat, Ishmael served in the Israeli defense ministry, the Israel Police, and the Israel Defense Forces.

He holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from Tel Aviv University.

Ishmael has also just released a book titled A Sheperd's Journey: The story of Israel's first Bedouin diplomat

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Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch

Palestinian Media Watch has become one of the leading independent organizations monitoring and reporting on media of the Palestinian Authority. Marcus has spoken internationally, including a recent talk to the European Union detailing the incitement of hatred and violence towards Jews and Christians in Palestinian media and textbooks.

Mr. Marcus will be in North America in February.

If you would like to bring Mr. Marcus to your campus, contact him at: itamar@pmw.org.il

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Itzik earned his BA in Communication at Sapir College in Sderot, Israel. He joined the Ayalim Association as a student and helped establish Yachini, the first student village in the Western Negev. During his studies, Itzik taught young Ethiopian-Israelis in the city of Netivot. While living in Yachini, a moshav near Sderot, he experienced countless rocket attacks launched from the Gaza Strip.

In order raise awareness about the intolerable situation in Sderot, Itzik joined the Sderot Media Center as Director of Marketing and New Media. As it seemed that the media was granting scant coverage to the people of rocket-battered Sderot, the SMC staff began to train cadres of students and ordinary civilians to tell their personal stories. The SMC believed that only thus would their voice will be heard and appointed Itzik as interim director during Operation Cast Lead.

After more than three years with the SMC, Itzik came to UC Irvine as an emissary of the Jewish Agency. There he found that students had to deal with blatant anti-Israel hostility on campus. When he realized that skewed media coverage was causing many Jewish parents to hesitate to send their children to the school, he launched an initiative to create the first social media team at UCI. As with the SMC’s Israeli students, Itzik worked to empower American students to effectively use social media to tell their personal stories to the world at large.

The BOMAH Strategy

BOMAH is a social media based Israel advocacy initiative with the ultimate goal of re-brand Israel in a positive light. BOMAH trains activists how to put together engaging personal stories from Israel and share those stories through multiple social media platforms. The BOMAH Social Media Strategy will empower participants to take their experiences and maximize their impact through social media. The goal of the program is based upon the concept that the power of individual relationships and personal narratives fosters a personal and collective connection to Israel as well as strengthens a decision to be an active contributor to the Israel story.

Itzik is the founder of BOMAH and is currently finishing his MA in International Conflict Resolution at Bar Ilan University.

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Jonathan Adelman, Denver University

Professor Jonathan Adelman is a full professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver and is a frequent and popular speaker regarding Israel.

Professor Adelman served as the doctoral dissertation adviser to Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington. The State Department has sent him on 14 international speaking tours to a dozen countries, including Russia, Spain, Japan and India.

Professor Adelman is the author and editor of ten books and has recently returned from Israel where he lectured at the Israeli Foreign Ministry and for Hasbara Fellowships in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Professor Adelman speaks on a variety of topics, including the Palestinian Authority: its terrorism, corruption and incompetence; anti-Israel professors; and anti-Semitism in Global Perspective.

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Jonathan Schanzer, Middle east Analyst, Author of Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine

Middle East analyst Jonathan Schanzer is the vice president of research for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the author of Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine, the only book on the market that chronicles the Palestinian civil war.

Previously, he has served as a counterterrorism analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He was also a Research Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he authored the book Al-Qaeda's Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror,

Mr. Schanzer got his start in the policy world as a research fellow at the Middle East Forum, a Philadelphia-based think tank headed by scholar Daniel Pipes. Until recently, he was deputy executive director of the Jewish Policy Center and the editor of the JPC's journal, inFOCUS Quarterly.

Mr. Schanzer holds a BA from Emory University and a masters degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo in 2001, and is working towards a PhD at Kings College London.

Mr. Schanzer publishes widely in the national press and makes frequent appearances on television. He has traveled widely in Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories. Mr. Schanzer speaks Arabic and Hebrew

Lavon Mercer, Basketball Coach

An African-American with an Israeli passport, Lavon Mercer feels perfectly at home "on either side" of the black-Jewish divide, Mercer shares his experience from his 14-year stay in Israel.

His career in Israel began in 1980, when he arrived to play for Hapoel Tel Aviv. During his years in Israel he acquired Israeli citizenship, switched to Maccabi Tel Aviv, served in the IDF, and played for the Israeli national team. He retired from professional sports 10 years ago and has since returned to his native Atlanta.

Today he serves as associate athletic director and head basketball coach at Spelman College, a historically black women's institution. His speaking tours are varied, though he usually likes to speak about his military basic training, his volunteer work with Ethiopian immigrants in Israel, and the time when a bicycle carrying explosives went off only a few hundred meters from his home.

Go to http://lavonmercer.org to read more about Lavon.

If you would like to bring Mr. Mercer to your campus, contact him at:

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Mike Fegelman, Executive Director of Honest Reporting Canada

Mike Fegelman is the executive director of HonestReporting Canada, an organization dedicated to promoting fair and accurate coverage of Israel in Canadian media.

HonestReporting Canada has over 18,000 members across Canada working together to monitor and improve coverage of Israel in Canadian newspapers, TV, radio and the Internet. HonestReporting Canada is a non-profit organization supported by personal donations, large and small, from individual Canadians.

A graduate of Carleton University's renowned journalism program, Mike specialized in broadcasting and international reporting and was a former editor and writer for Centretown News (a local Ottawa weekly newspaper), former lead anchor and reporter for both CUTV (Carleton University's television news station) and CKCU's Midweek program (a 90-minute variety news program).

Mike has been at HRC for over 4 years now and has helped build HonestReporting Canada into the successful organization it is today.

If you would like to bring Mr. Fegelman to your campus, please contact him at:


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Moshe Katz, Krav Maga Self-Defense Instructor

Moshe Katz is a 4th degree black belt in Krav Maga, the only such rank ever awarded by Itay Gil, trainer of Israel's counter terror units. Moshe is head instructor of Israeli Krav International, based in Israel. With over twenty years experience in martial arts, Moshe has developed self defense programs specifically for college students and women's groups. Lessons drawn from life in Israel are weaved into the seminars to make them pro - Israel events without political overtones.

Moshe has brought his unique interactive event to over 80 campuses, drawing many out of the box students who have never been to an Israel event before.

Moshe has trained elite security guards in Jerusalem, paratroopers and police units, as well as men, women and children of all ages. He received a special award from the Jerusalem municipality for his contribution for the advancement of women in martial arts. In the USA and Canada he has trained police officers, prison guards and military personnel.

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Neil Lazarus, Director of Awesome Seminars

Neil Lazarus is an internationally acclaimed expert in the field of Middle East, Israel Advocacy and effective communication training. Neil's seminars are fun, informative and entertaining. As a full time key note speaker, his seminars are causing a sensation.

Neil has helped train a new generation of Israeli diplomats as well as Jewish community and student leadership worldwide. To read more about Neil and to view a seminar online, go to:


He will be available to speak on: Israel Iran and the upcoming war-Israel advocacy. What make terrorists tick and more.

Please contact him at neil@awesomeseminars.com

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Nevet basker, Freelance consultant

Nevet Basker is a freelance consultant, trainer, and policy advisor.  Born and raised in Israel, Nevet worked for over a decade at Microsoft in marketing, product management, and business development.  Since 2004, Nevet has been focused on community work and education related to Israel and the Middle East.  She co-founded and was the first regional chair of StandWithUs Northwest, an Israel education organization, and has served as an advisor to campaigns for U.S. Congress regarding Middle East and Israel policies.  She currently teaches classes on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at a synagogue religious school.


Noam Bedein, Sderot Media Center for the Western Negev Ltd.

Noam Bedein, 25, is director of the Sderot Media Center, www.SderotMedia.co.il, a media advocacy center which presents the human face of Sderot and the Western Negev under siege to the Israeli and international media.

In his position, Noam gives tours of Sderot and the Western Negev to foreign diplomats, government officials, student groups, and other visiting organizations from all over the world.

Noam most recently helped produce a segment for n EuroNews, a major European broadcasting outlet with over 200 million viewers, and was featured in a weekend edition article in Sunday Times Magazine of London. In early January, 2008, Noam helped the bureau chief of the New York Times, Steve Erlanger, prepare a front page feature for the New York Times about the situation in Sderot, which appeared on January 9th, 2008.

In addition, Noam has published investigative news stories about the situation in Sderot and the western Negev on Israel's leading investigative news site, nfc.co.il, and he has published numerous news articles in the Jerusalem Post, Israel Insider magazine, and Israel National News.

In addition, Noam has made presentations at the Hebrew University, the IDC in Herzliya and to Jewish and Christian communities in Los Angeles and in New York.

Last summer, Noam made arrangements for 19 children from Sderot to spend their summer vacation at summer camps in New England.

Noam, a native of Tzfat, grew up in Efrat, Israel with his American born parents, Sara and David, who made Aliya from Cleveland and Philadelphia respectively, in 1966 and 1970.

After finishing the Beit El Yeshiva High School, Noam learned at the Hemdat Pre Army training program in the Jordan Valley. After that, Noam served for three years as an IDF staff sergeant for an artillery scout unit on the Lebanese border.

After his army service, Noam served as shaliach for the Jewish Agency in Boston and traveled to the Far East for one year.

Upon his return to Israel, Noam relocated to Sderot to pioneer the “Sderot Media Center for the Western Negev Ltd".

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Tawfik Hamid, Professor of Law and Director of Institute for Global Security Law and Policy

Though terrorism dominates the news today, few understand its root cause. Medical doctor, educator and former terrorist, Dr. Tawfik Hamid, explains the source of terror from a unique perspective. As a medical student in Egypt, Hamid joined an early Islamic terror group, Jemahia Islamia.

His mentor, Dr. Ayman Al Zawaheri, is now the number two man in Al Qaeda. Hamid prayed with Al Zawaheri, admired his gentle style, and was inspired by his strong speeches. Swayed by the teachings of Zawaheri and other Jemahia Islamia leaders, Hamid found that the violent images of these teachings filled his thoughts day and night. But when the time to implement his violent plans of action neared, he experienced intense personal conflict and began distancing himself from the group.

Shortly after leaving Jemahia Islamia, Hamid developed his own Islamic sect that is peaceful and promotes love to every human being irrespective of his or her race, gender, class or religion. As a charismatic speaker in mosques, he offered an alternative to the violent Salafi teachings that were becoming increasingly prevalent. Threats on his life, however, eventually forced him to flee Egypt.

"If the West is to win the so-called War on Terror, Westerners must learn the truth about terror's roots," Hamid says.

Dr. Hamid is flexible regarding touring dates but needs 3-4 months advance notice.

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Yaakov Katz, Reporter for Jerusalem Post


Yaakov Katz is the military correspondent and defense analyst for The Jerusalem Post, Israel’s leading English daily and the Israel correspondent for Jane’s Defence Weekly, the international military magazine.


His first book “Israel vs. Iran – The Shadow War” was published in Israel in April, 2011 and was a national bestseller. It will be published in the US in May.

Katz led the Post’s coverage of the recent IDF wars and operations including the Second Lebanon War against Hezbollah in 2006 and Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip in 2009.

Originally from Chicago, Katz moved to Israel in 1993 and served in the IDF Armored Corps. He lectures widely on military affairs, lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three daughters and has a law degree from Bar-Ilan University.

You may reach him at yaakovk@jpost.com

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Yisrael Ne'eman, Historian and Political Analyst

Yisrael is an American born Israeli historian and political commentator specializing in Arab-Israel issues, modern Israel and the challenges of modern antisemitism. As a requested lecturer and seminar leader in Israel and abroad, Yisrael demonstrates his Israel advocacy skills through the analysis of historical documentation and the flow of cause and effect as events unfold.

As local council chairman in Eshchar he has directed the building of his community while facing the challenges presented by Israeli Arabs who predominate in the Galilee. Yisrael is co-founder of the website

If you would like to bring Mr. Neeman to your campus, contact him at: syneeman@bezeqint.net

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