Israeli Politics Decoded


David Sheen
Independent Journalist

**A light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Talk begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. 



Gaza is eviscerated. Apartheid is entrenched in the West Bank. Inside official Israel, the ruling party openly promotes racial hatred towards Arabs and Africans. How popular are these belligerent policies among Israeli Jews? And how can we make sense of Israeli politics — where dozens of parties run for parliament, and double-digits get in — with wild swings, seemingly, in who holds power? Data visualizations of Israeli public opinion polls reveal patterns, while English translations of Israel’s internal discourse reveal how those trends are expressed and experienced in our everyday lives. There are no easy answers here, but journalist and human rights defender David Sheen will give an unflinching interrogation and a compelling analysis of the state of Israel*Palestine under Trump and Netanyahu.


Biography of Speaker

Independent journalist David Sheen, born in Canada, now reports from the ground in Israel*Palestine for outlets like Middle East Eye, The New Arab and Electronic Intifada. His work focuses on racial tensions and religious extremism, and in recent years, he has lectured on these topics at dozens of US universities and over half a dozen European parliaments. In 2017, the Irish human rights group Front Line Defenders recognized Sheen as a Human Rights Defender for his reporting. See more of Sheen’s work at his website:




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