A TOWN HALL CONFERENCE
Wed., Feb. 11, 2009
former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, discussed how
the results of the Feb. 10 Israeli elections may impact
Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, and in particular, the role
of the U.S. Administration.
Naomi Chazan presents one
of the clearest and most unwavering voices in support of social
and political justice in the State of Israel today. Chazan has
consistently challenged Israel to pursue a negotiated resolution
to the Israel-Palestinian conflict through periods of profound
hope and desperation alike. For Chazan, this pursuit is a matter
not of political expedience or necessity alone, but is also
pivotal to the realization of the principles of freedom, justice
and equality upon which Israel was founded.
Chazan's career in activism has spanned more than 30 years
and has involved the spheres of government, civil society and
Naomi Chazan is president of the New Israel Fund,
credited with building Israel's progressive civil society from
scratch. She also serves as Head of the School of Government and
Society at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo.
Chazan is best known for her ten years in the Knesset as one
of Meretz Party's most effective legislators. She was first
elected to the Knesset in 1992. She served as Deputy Speaker of
the Knesset and Chairperson of the Committee to Combat Drug
Abuse, and as a member of the committees on Foreign Affairs and
Defense, Economics, the Advancement of the Status of Woman and
Immigration and Absorption among others.
Chazan is Professor Emerita of Political Science and African
Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is the former
chair of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the
Advancement of Peace. Her area of expertise is African Studies
and she has written eight books and numerous articles on the
subject. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard University
and the University of Ife in Nigeria and has served as the
vice-president of the International Political Science
One of Chazan's abiding passions throughout her career has
been for advancing the status of women in Israel. She is active
International Women's Commission for a Just and Sustainable
Israeli-Palestinian Peace (IWC) , which is working for a
strong international role for women in resolving the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 1984, she co-founded the Israel
Women's Network and, in 1989, the Israel Women's Peace Net. She
is particularly concerned with the impact of the persistent
militarism of the occupation in stymieing the advancement of
women in Israel and is one of the most visible leaders of the
Women's Peace Movement. She also served as a member of the
Israeli Delegation to UN Conference on Women in Nairobi (1985)
and Beijing (1995).
Chazan lives in Jerusalem.
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance
for Justice and Peace
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