Please join us to hear 30-year-old Deputy Ambassador George Deek, a Christian Arab Israeli diplomat, a terrific speaker with a powerful story. From growing up in the city of Jaffa, where his family has lived for over 400 years, to becoming the second highest representative of Israel in Norway, the Deputy Ambassador will explore the future of the rapidly changing Middle East, weaving his personal story into the wider fabric of the Middle East conflict. From a young age, George Deek was involved in the promotion of mutual understanding and co-existence between Jews and Arabs in Israel: He was the co-editor of the first local newspaper of Jaffa “Yaffo Sheli/ Yafati” (“My Jaffa” in Hebrew and Arabic); he has lead various Arab-Jewish delegations and programs to the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom; he was the manager of the "Arab-Jewish" debate forum of Israel's leading news website Ynett; and he lead the youth movement of the Arab-Christian community in Israel while also managing the musical school of the community, where over 120 children and youth of the ages 7-25 years received education and music lessons for free. The Deputy Ambassador will talk about the growing Anti-Semitism in Europe and why he believes that combating Anti-Semitism is as important to Arabs as it is to Jews. By choosing responsibility over victimhood and by having the courage to open up to new ideas, Arabs and Jews can create an era of renewed humanity in the Middle East. Following the community talk, at 9:00pm there will be a private meeting for all high school and college students and young adults. Deputy Ambassador Deek served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Norway from July 2012 until just a few months ago. He also served as Chargé d'Affaires there between February and September 2014. Previously, he served as Israel's Deputy Chief of Mission in Nigeria (2009-2012). Deputy Ambassador Deek graduated with two degrees, LL.B. in Law and B.A. in Government, at the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya (IDC). After having worked as a lawyer in a private firm in Tel-Aviv, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2008. Sponsored by StandWithUs Northwest, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Hillel UW, and Jconnect Seattle.
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