Two Talks at Yale on Arab-Israeli Relations

The Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale will sponsor two free, public talks that explore current religious and political tensions in the Middle East.

Gershom Gorenberg will speak about Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious fundamentalism in contemporary Israel and its impact on the control of holy sites in Jerusalem. His talk will take place at the Slifka Center, 80 Wall St., on December 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Gorenberg is author of “The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount” (Free Press, 2000). He is senior editor and columnist for the Jerusalem Report and a regular contributor to The New Republic.

Yossi Shain, chair of the political science department at Tel Aviv University and visiting professor at Georgetown University, will speak on “Arab and Jewish Identity in America and the Middle East” on December 7 at 8 p.m. in Room 127 of the Yale Law School, 127 Wall St.

Shain is editor of the forthcoming book “Democracy: The Challenges Ahead” and co-author, with Juan Linz, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Yale, of “Between States: Interim Governments and Democratic Transitions” (Cambridge University Press, 1995). He has written extensively on Arab-Americans and the politics of exile.

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