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The Tent Protest and the Israeli Tomorrow

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 16:30 - 18:00
Location: Oren 4 Hall

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets in the summer of 2011 to demand social justice.  The protests gained momentum through social networks and evolved into the formation of tent cities, mass demonstrations, and other acts of protest rallying against the high cost of living, housing, education, child-rearing and more. Is the Israeli protest unique or is it part of a global trend? What are the roots of this phenomenon? Was the government's reaction to the protestor's demands adequate or will the protesters return to the streets? And to what degree will the protests influence the shaping of the Israeli tomorrow?



Ms. Orly Vilnai, Israel:  Journalist, docu-activist, writer and film producer; Producer and presenter, Orly and Guy Inc.; Host, Orly and Guy morning show (Channel 10). Recipient: OmetzMovement Award, Primor Prize, The Second Authority for Television and Radio.




Professor Tamar Hermann, Israel: Head, M.A. Program in Democracy Studies, The Open University of Israel;  Academic Director, The Guttman Center for Surveys, Senior Research Fellow,  The Israel Democracy Institute;  former Director, Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University; Co-editor: The Peace Index (1994 - ), The Israeli Democracy Index (2009, 2010, 2011). Author: The Israel peace movement: A shattered dream (2009).


Ms. Daphni Leef, Israel: Filmmaker; Video Editor; Social Activist; Leader, Summer Protests (2011).


Mr. Itzik Shmuli, Israel: Chairperson, National Student Union; Leader, Summer Protests (2011).


Dr. Avi Simhon, Israel: Professor of Economics, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Chairman, the consulting forum to the Minister of Finance; Member, Trajtenberg Committee.


Mr. Russell Simmons, USA - Chairman, The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding; Chairman and CEO, Rush Communications Inc.(including Def Jam Recordings, Phat Farm, Baby Phat, Argyleculture, Unirush, Simmons Jewelry,; Goodwill Ambassador for the Permanent Memorial at the United Nations to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade; Co-founder, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. A strong supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement, having visited the original OWS site every day since protests began, Russell also started on a crosscountry tour of different protest sites. Author: SUPER RICH: A Guide To Having It All (2011); Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success (2007). Recipient: “Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years,” USA Today.


The panel will be simultaneously translated into Hebrew and English.

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