Former Shin Bet Director on the Impact of Occupation

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November 4, 2013 by IJV

The Middle East – Behind Closed Doors
Ami Ayalon in conversation with Anshel Pfeffer from Haaretz

Wednesday 6 November, 8pm at the London Jewish Cultural Centre

An evening with the former director of the Shin Bet (Israel’s general security service), Ami Ayalon. Ami served as the director of the Shin Bet from 1996-2000 and was responsible for all internal security issues in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza.

He was one of the six former heads of the Shin Bet who featured in the Oscar nominated documentary ‘The Gatekeepers’ where he spoke on camera about the impact of Israel’s rule in the West Bank on long term security.

Ami will speak about his experiences serving in the Shin Bet, what he thinks the possible outcomes are of the peace process, and why he has gone on to set up the organisation Blue White Future that aims to repatriate Israeli settlers over the green-line in the West Bank into Israel.

Admiral Ami Ayalon is a former director of Israel Security Agency (the Shin Bet) and a former commander of Israel’s Navy. He has served as a cabinet minister and a member of the Knesset for the Labor party. He instituted a “Code of Ethics” in the Shin Bet and campaigned for it to be enshrined in law. For these contributions to Israel’s security apparatus, the Movement for Quality Government honoured him with the “Knight of Quality Government” award. Ami is a recipient of Israel’s highest military honour, the Ribbon of Valour, for his part in the raid against the Egyptian fortress at Green Island in 1969. Along with Sari Nusseibeh, he founded the People’s Voice peace initiative in 2002.

He holds a BA in economics and political science from Bar-Ilan University (1980); is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island (1982); holds an MA in public administration from Harvard University (1992), and holds an MA in Law from Bar-Ilan University (2010).

Anshel Pfeffer is a journalist at the Israeli daily newspaper Ha’aretz covering military, international and Jewish affairs.

This event is hosted at the LJCC in conjunction with Yachad.

London Jewish Cultural Centre
Ivy House,
94-96 North End Road,
NW11 7SX

Book tickets for this event via the LJCC website.


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