Israeli Journalist to Speak on Mideast Peace

  • October 31, 2008
  • MEDIA CONTACT: Diane Daniel; Publicist; College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences; (510) 885-3183


Yaakov KatzYaakov Katz, military correspondent and defense analyst for The Jerusalem Post - the Middle East's leading English daily - will speak at noon Wednesday, Nov. 12 in AE 1203 on the Hayward Campus of California State University, East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.

Katz's topic will be, "Asking the Right Questions: Peace between Israel and the Palestinians."

His presentation is the first of several Jewish Studies programs presented throughout the year by the CSUEB's College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences.

"This program should be of great interest to students and faculty in political science, international studies, and many other programs," said Henry Reichman, history professor and Director of CSUEB's Jewish Studies program. "Katz's informed perspective will surely be of interest to those on all sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict who desire peace."

Katz covers overall defense issues such as the conflict with the Palestinians, Israel's approach to the Iranian nuclear threat, and the Israeli defense forces' relationship with various sectors in Israeli society. He also writes analysis, commentary and a weekly column called "Security and Defense," which gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the decision-making process in the Israeli defense establishment.

Katz also serves as Israel correspondent for USA Today.

CSUEB is developing a new program in Jewish Studies as part of a broader effort to engage the university and the community in global affairs and multicultural understanding. As part of this effort, the Committee on Jewish Studies will sponsor speakers and cultural events on many topics. They will include Jewish culture and its relation to other ethnic cultures in the United States; Jewish history; Jewish music, theater and dance; and programs on Israel and the contemporary Middle East. Most events will be held in winter and spring quarters, according to Reichman.

Check for new programs.

A parking fee of $5 per vehicle per day is enforced at all times on Cal State East Bay's Hayward Campus. Machines in all parking lots accept dollar bills and quarters.

CSUEB welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation upon request. Please call (510) 885-3183 well in advance if special accommodation is needed.

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