How Did Anti-Semitism Become Anti-Zionism?: Jew-Hatred Exposed
January 10, 2021 2 PM PT/ 5 PM ET

Take a critical look at today’s most potent and misdiagnosed variety of anti-Semitism: anti-Zionism. Enemies of the Jewish people and the State of Israel have successfully peddled anti-Zionism, masquerading as a form of human rights, on college campuses, in the media, and in our schools, making the fight against Jew-hatred difficult to both identify and combat. Hear from Dr. Judea Pearl, UCLA professor, prolific writer, and activist who will discuss the dangers of “Zion-phobia”; Mark Weitzman, SWC Director of Government Affairs whose work on the IHRA definition has paved the way for many international governments and institutions to include anti-Zionism as a form of anti-Semitism; and Dr. Naya Lekht, Director of Education at Club Z, a teen Zionist movement, who has developed a unique approach to teaching about anti-Semitism.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action Agenda for the Simon Wiesenthal Center

REGISTER NOW  - Panel 1 - Sunday, January 10 at 2:00PM PST/5:00PM EST

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Judea Pearl is a Chancellor Professor of Computer Science and Statistics at UCLA, and President of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Professor Pearl is a recipient of the A.M. Turing Award, often called the “Nobel Prize in Computing,” for developing the foundations of artificial intelligence, computer models of human reasoning, and paving the way for AI tech such as driverless cars and voice recognition software. He writes frequently on the Middle East conflict and on reclaiming Israel’s image on college campuses.
Mark Weitzman is Director of Government Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He was responsible for introducing and steering to adoption the "Working Definition of Antisemitism' at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, where he is the senior member of the US delegation. A member of the Program on Religion and Foreign Policy at the Council of Foreign Relations, he is currently editing A History of Antisemitism (Routledge, 2021) and was a winner of the National Jewish Book Award in 2007 forAntisemitism, the Generic Hatred: Essays in Memory of Simon Wiesenthal. He currently serves as Vice-President of the Association of Holocaust Organizations.
  Dr. Naya Lekht was born in the former Soviet Union and came to the United States with her family in 1989. She holds a PhD from UCLA in Russian Jewish Literature. Dr. Lekht is currently Director of Education for Club Z, a national Zionist institute and advocacy movement. In her role, Dr. Lekht has developed an innovative approach to teaching the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as equipping teens with tools to identify and combat antisemitism. Dr. Lekht has written and lectured extensively on the history of antisemitism and was a scholar-in-residence at Oxford University through ISGAP.

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