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Sunday, June 17 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Refugees and foreign workers in Israel

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40,000 asylum seekers (many from Sudan and Eritrea) and 80,000 foreign workers reside in Israel – 0.5% of the population. The politics of early 2018, as the Knesset approved an increased number of foreign workers and backflipped on its refugee deportation policy, highlighted the complicated issues this demographic fact creates: issues of security, prejudice, international law, and identity. Does the presence of a non-Jewish population threaten Israel's Jewishness? What is the status of the ‘other’ in a modern Jewish state, and what do Jewish values demand?

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Yair Miller

Yair Miller OAM is CEO of the UIA and Immediate Past President of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. He serves as a director of the Council for Jewish Community Security and the NSW Jewish War Memorial. Yair is also a Board Member of the NSW Judicial Commission.

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Liam Getreu

Liam is the Executive Director of the New Israel Fund Australia. He is a former national chair of the Australian Zionist Youth Council (AZYC) and the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS), a graduate of Bialik College and Habonim Dror, and was a founding director of the New... Read More →
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Allison Kaplan Sommer

Journalist at Haaretz
Allison has been a journalist at Haaretz since 2012. She is the former Washington DC bureau chief for the Jerusalem Post and has written for New Republic, Politico, and others. She won a 2016 B’nei B’rith Journalism Award for Excellence in Diaspora Reportage and the 2017 Simon... Read More →
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Ron Weiser

Ron served for 10 years as Zionist Federation of Australia President and is now a life member. He is Hon. Life President of the Zionist Council of NSW, a Member of the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors, and founding director of both the Y2i Year 10 Israel project and the Online... Read More →

Sunday June 17, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am AEST