March 18, 2010


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Ishmael Khaldi will give the talk, "One Man's Story: a Bedouin minority in the Jewish state," on Wednesday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Campus Jewish Life, International Student Services, and Multicultural Student Services.

In his talk, Khaldi will describe his experiences as the first Muslim to rise through the ranks of the Israeli foreign service.

Born and raised in the Bedouin village Khawalid in the Western Galilee of Israel, Khaldi was named Deputy Consul General at the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco in December 2006.

Prior to his appointment, he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in both the North American division and the Arabic media department, where he served as the spokesperson to Arabic media on the issue of disengagement from Gaza.

Khaldi also has served in the Defense Ministry, the Israeli Police, and the Israeli Defense Forces, where he served as a political analyst.

He holds a master's degree in political science from Tel Aviv University and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Haifa.

Contact: Division of Communications


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