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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

“We’re All Israelis”– Bedouin Envoy

Ishmael.KhaldiIsrael’s first Bedouin diplomat attracted a record 80-plus crowd to the penultimate joint social event of the Karmiel Anglo community calendar before the summer break.

“We’re all Israelis” declared Ishmael Khaldi, presently posted in London but on a brief trip home to western Galilee when he addressed a joint English Speakers Residents Association and Karmiel English Speakers Club meeting.

Mr Khaldi,  whose main role as Counsellor for Civil Society Affairs at the Israel Embassy in London  is fighting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions and similar anti-Israel activity in the U.K,  gave a description of his work and answered a wide range of questions. He also signed copies of his memoir,  A Shepherd’s Journey.

The event was arranged and chaired by ESRA Karmiel chairman, Brian Fink and thanks were proposed by KESC chairman, Sylvia Walters.

The final event of the season is a picnic in Karmiel’s Galilee Park on Thursday 02 July (from 5.00 p.m.). Those wishing to register should do so by Wednesday 01 July. Details from esra.karm@gmail.com.

© Natalie Wood (30 June 2015)

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