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Pursuit of Peace: Overcoming Obstacles and Seizing Opportunities to Achieve a Brighter Future

Congregation Beth Am and AIPAC cordially invite you to

Pursuit of Peace: Overcoming Obstacles and Seizing Opportunities to Achieve a Brighter Future 

Wednesday, May 17
Check-in 7:00 p.m. 
Program 7:30 p.m. 

Congregation Beth Am
26790 Arastradero, Los Altos

Featuring

Ghaith al-Omari 
Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Former Advisor to the Palestinian President and the Palestinian Negotiating Team

and

Jonathan Schanzer 
Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

This program is co-sponsored by AIPAC and Congregation Beth Am together with Congregation Beth David, Congregation Beth Jacob, Congregation Emek Beracha, Congregation Kol Emeth, Congregation Sinai,  Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Peninsula Temple Beth El, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco. 

Advanced registration is required by May 11, 2017. No onsite registration. 

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Speakers:

Ghaith al-Omari
Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy a nd Former Advisor to the Palestinian President and the Palestinian Negotiating Team

Ghaith al-Omari, senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, is the former executive director of the American Task Force on Palestine. Prior to that, he served in various positions within the Palestinian Authority, including as Director of the International Relations Department in the Office of the Palestinian President and as advisor to Mahmoud Abbas during his tenure as Prime Minister. Further, Mr. Al-Omari served as advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team throughout the 1999-2001 permanent status talks. In that capacity, he participated in various rounds of negotiations, most notably the 2000 Camp David Summit and the Taba Talks. 

Mr. Al-Omari is a lawyer by training and a graduate of Georgetown and Oxford Universities. Prior to his involvement in the Middle East peace process, he taught international law in Jordan and was active in human rights advocacy. He has written numerous papers on Palestinian leadership and the peace process, most recently, Governance as a Path to Palestinian Political Rejuvenation and Tempering Expectations for the Paris Conference.

Jonathan Schanzer
Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Jonathan Schanzer is Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). Previously, Dr. Schanzer worked as a terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he played an integral role in the designation of numerous terrorist financiers. A former research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Dr. Schanzer has studied Middle East history in four countries. He earned his Ph.D. from King's College London, where he wrote his dissertation on the U.S. Congress and its efforts to combat terrorism in the 20th century. 

Dr. Schanzer is part of the leadership team of FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance. He has published several books about the Palestinian Authority and barriers to Palestinian statehood, including State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State, Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine, Al-Qaeda’s Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror and Palestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn From Palestinian Social Media. Dr. Schanzer has traveled widely in the Middle East, including Israel and the Palestinian territories. He speaks Arabic and Hebrew.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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