The Internal Palestinian Conflict: Implications for Israel and America

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Wolfe University Center, Room 155

President Barack Obama has made resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a top priority, and how he moves forward on this pivotal issue will be the subject of much discussion for years to come. On October 28 at 7:00pm FIU's Middle East Society presents Jonathan Schanzer, Deputy Director of the Jewish Policy Center in Washington, D.C. and author of Hamas Versus Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008). Schanzer will discuss one of the most misunderstood components of this complex region: internal Palestinian dynamics. The event, co-sponsored by FIU’s Judaic Studies Program, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and FIU’s Student Government Association, will take place at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus at the Wolfe University Center (WUC), Room 155. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free. For more information, please contact Shlomi Dinar, Director of the Middle East Society, at 305-919-4839.

Before joining the Jewish Policy Center, Jonathan Schanzer was a counterterrorism analyst for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to joining Treasury, he served as a Research Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he authored the book Al-Qaeda's Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror. He also participated in a Washington Institute fact-finding mission in Iraq in 2004. Mr. Schanzer got his start in the policy world as a research fellow at the Middle East Forum, a Philadelphia-based think tank headed by scholar Daniel Pipes.

Mr. Schanzer holds a bachelors degree from Emory University and a masters degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Middle Eastern studies. He also studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo in 2001. He is currently a PhD candidate at Kings College, documenting the history of the United States Congress and its efforts to combat terrorism.

Mr. Schanzer has published numerous scholarly journal articles, national newspaper editorials, and magazine features. He has appeared with frequency on American television channels, such as Fox News and CNN, as well as Arab television channels, such as al-Jazeera. Mr. Schanzer has traveled widely in Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories. He speaks Arabic and Hebrew.