Global Terrorism and the Palestinian Cause: how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been hijacked by extremism


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TIME: 18:00 – 19:00, Thursday 26th November 2015

VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, 26th Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP

SPEAKER: Yossi Shain, Romulo Betancourt Professor of Political Science, Tel Aviv University

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With the global threat from Islamist terrorism at an all-time high, and with large parts of the Middle East beset by turmoil and lawlessness, international attention has been distracted from the events of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nevertheless, perceptions about the plight of the Palestinians and the Islamic holy places in Jerusalem has long been used as a tool for incitement and recruitment for extremist and terrorist activity.

Over recent decades we have seen Islamist groups infiltrate and take hold within the Palestinian population, as seen most noticeably in Gaza. Yet it is not only Palestinian society that has witnessed a move towards extremism and radicalisation, but around the world Islamist leaders and preachers have mobilised Jihadist fighters behind the banner of the Palestinian cause. Yet international observers and policy makers have often failed to fully comprehend the extent to which Islamist ideology has hijacked the Palestinian cause as a means for galvanizing support for terrorist activities around the world.

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Yossi Shain is the Romulo Betancourt Professor of Political Science at Tel Aviv University where he also serves as the Head of the Aba Eben Program of Diplomacy and Co-Chair of the MA Program in Political Leadership. He is also a Full Professor of Comparative Government and Diaspora Politics at Georgetown University and the Founding Director of the Program for Jewish Civilization. In 2007 he served pro-bono as President of the Western Galilee College.

Professor Shain earned his BA in Philosophy (1981) (with distinction) and MA in Political Science (1983) from Tel Aviv University, and received his Ph.D. in Political Science (with distinction) from Yale University in 1988. Since 1989, he has taught Political Science at Tel Aviv University, where he served as Department Chair from 1996 to 1999 and Head of the Hartog School of Government from 2003 to 2007. From 2004 to 2008 he co-directed (with Peter Berkowitz) the Israeli Program on Constitutional Government. He also held visiting appointments at Yale University, Wesleyan University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Middlebury College. He was also a senior fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, and visiting scholar at the Center for International Studies at Princeton University. In 2010 he was as visiting Professor at the Sciences Po, Paris. Prior to his appointment as Full Professor at Georgetown University in 2002, Prof. Shain was the Aaron and Cecile Goldman visiting professor in the Department of Government from 1999 to 2002.

Outside the academy he has served on national and international committees related to Diaspora and migration policies, security and human rights, and the Jewish World. He also worked with NGOs and Governmental agencies in Israel, the US, Mexico, and Russia and with research groups attached to the United Nations.


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