My Visions of Jerusalem
Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 16:30- 18:00
Jerusalem –the capital of the Jewish nation and a holy city for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike – is exciting, inspiring and emotionally stirring for millions of people around the world. Unfortunately, Jerusalem is also a hub of complexities: national, religious, economic and social issues afflict this timeless city. While many yearn to visit the holy city, some of Jerusalem's residents choose to abandon it. The participants in the panel will approach these dilemmas and share their personal vision for the future of the city and pinpoint the crucial decisions that will make the difference between a flourishing and a declining Jerusalem.
Ms. Bambi Sheleg, Israel
Editor, Eretz Acheret
Mr. Ziad AbuZayyad, Palestinian Authority
Founder, Co-Editor and Publisher, Palestine-Israel Journal; Former Palestinian Authority Minister and PLC Member
Ms. Rachel Azaria, Israel
Executive Committee member, Jerusalem City Council; Fellow, Mandel Leadership Institute; Israeli Activist
Mr. Malcolm Hoenlein, USA
Executive Vice Chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York and Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry; Recepient, Defender of Jerusalem; Guardian of Zion; and Neeman Yerushalayim (Trustee of Jerusalem)
Dr. Erel Margalit, Israel
Founder and Chairman, Animation Lab; Co-Founder at Jerusalem Pacific Ventures; Founder and Managing Partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners
Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Israel
Custodian of the Holy Land, Franciscan Order; Assistant Professor of Biblical Hebrew and Judaism, Studium Biblicum Franciscanum and Studium Theologicum Hierosolymitanum
Mr. Dudi Zilbershlag, Israel
Mr. Nir Barkat, Israel
In nother words, the most hotly contested issue, the Temple Mount, the Holy Basin, et al., is ignored ... by the Jewish side. Ziad, whom I have debated, will be sure to bring it up.
I hope to be there to blog it.