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Sunday, August 19 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Strangers in Our Land - The African Refugee Crisis in Israel

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Location: R6

Tens of thousands of African refugees populate the neighbourhoods of Tel Aviv, living with rampant crime, bleak prospects and conflicted identities. Traditionally pushed to the periphery of public conscience, 2012 has seen this issue take centre stage in Israeli socio-political discourse. What should the Jewish response to this crisis be? Do public authorities have an obligation to address these struggles? Do local residents have the right to protest the drastic decline of their neighbourhoods? In a post-Holocaust world, should our collective history of persecution compel us to take a stand? Run by leaders of AUJS, Bnei Akiva and Habonim Dror, this interactive session offers critical engagement with one of the most controversial issues in contemporary Israeli society. (TN)

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Rotem Hochman

Rotem came to NZ from Israel in 2003. Rotem holds a BCom(Hons) from the University of Auckland, his studies were focused on leadership, management and marketing. He is currently the president of AUJS New Zealand - The Australasian Union of Jewish Students. Rotem has recently been... Read More →
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Jonathan Joseph

Jono is currently a madrich with Habonim Dror, his role within the movement is Rosh Chinuch (Head of Education). He has spent a year in Israel, on the Shnat Hachshara Programme, Jono has a passion for educating Jewish youth on social issues to enable them to become critical thinkers. Outside... Read More →
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David Neifeld

David is the current Vice President of AUJS New Zealand. Previously he was the Merakez (Chairman) of Bnei Akiva New Zealand, Rosh Sniff (Head) of Bnei Akiva Auckland, Rosh Chinuch (Education) and also was Rosh Machane for the Bnei Akiva New Zealand Winter Camp 2011. He has just completed... Read More →

Sunday August 19, 2012 2:45pm - 3:45pm NZST