Habonim Engaging in Dialogue
HED is back on Sunday, 6th August
– don’t miss it!
8:00 pm Israel time
Presenter is top Israeli journalist and commentator, Ben-Dror Yemini
You will have the opportunity to ask those burning questions about the troubling situation in Israel
Following a brief introduction and overview by Ben Dror Yemini, HED participants will have the opportunity to ask Ben Dror their personal question about the current situation in Israel. Ben Dror will answer key questions and give his perspective on the situation.
To submit your questions beforehand please email Dave Bloom at email@example.com
We will also have updates on the movement from Manhig, Wayne Sussman, and Mazkirah Klalit, Mira Rudnick
Ben-Dror Yemini was born in Tel Aviv to a Yemenite Jewish family. He studied Humanities and History at Tel Aviv University and then pursued a degree in law. After graduation, he worked as an advisor to the Israeli Minister of Immigration Absorption and then became spokesman of the Ministry. In 1984, he began his career as a journalist. His book Political Punch is a critique of politics and society in Israel. Between 2003 and 2014, Yemini he was the opinion page editor of Maariv. In 2014 Yemini began writing for the daily Yedioth Ahronoth. In 2014 he published a book The Industry of Lies dealing with the lack of accountable reporting in contemporary media (see full bio below).
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BIO – Ben-Dror Yemini
Ben-Dror Yemini was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He studied Humanities and History in Tel Aviv University, and later on he studied Law. After his university studies, he was appointed advisor to the Israeli Minister of Immigration Absorption and then became the spokesman of the Ministry.
After a short term in the public service, as the advisor of the Minister of Immigration and the spokesman of the Ministry, Yemini began his career as a journalist and essayist.
In 1986 Yemini published the book “Political Punch” which deals in a critical way with politics and society in Israel. He worked as a lawyer and was a partner in a law firm.
In 2003 he became the opinion-editor of the daily newspaper Maariv and also published many articles and essays in other journals.
In recent years Yemini researched and published many articles about the “industry of lies” – the endless publications against the State of Israel and its Jewish character, which he considers false. In this framework, he published a series of research articles about the Israeli-Arab conflict in which he examined the issues of genocide, refugees, human rights violations, the status of Israeli Arabs, Multiculturalism, and the status of women. All these articles included a comparative study about each topic.
According to Yemini, “the modern Anti-Zionism is a politically correct Anti-Semitism”. He argued that the same way Jews were demonized, Israel is demonized, the same way the right of Jews to exist was denied, the right for Self-determination is denied from Israel, the same way Jews were presented as a menace to the world, Israel is presented as a menace to the world. In his comparative studies, he presents the huge gap between the myths against Israel, from one hand, and the real facts, from the other hand.
Yemini supports the Two-state solution and opposes the settlements in the West Bank. He argues that the extreme right and the extreme left lead to the same goal of One-state solution. His articles concerning the Israeli-Arab conflict and his comparative studies led him to become the most translated Israeli journalist and a widely invited speaker about the “Industry of Lies” against Israel.
Yemini says he has been mislabeled as a right-winger and has a “long track record in the Israeli peace camp.” He met with Yasser Arafat in Tunis and has several friends who are PLO officials. He is a long-time believer in a two-state solution, but believes Israel should have the same right of self-determination as the Palestinians.
- A selection of Ben Dror Yemini’s articles in English
- Ben Dror Yemini’s articles about Operation Cast Lead (2008/9) in English and other languages