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In Conversation - COVID does not discriminate: How the pandemic is helping bring Israelis and Palestinians together

Sunday, 2 August, 2020 12 Av 5780

5:00 PM - 6:30 PMZoom

As most of the world has been struggling with the coronavirus pandemic – including neighbouring Israel, the West Bank has also become a significant global hotspot.
Australian founded NGO Project Rozana has played an integral role in garnering international and Australian support for Palestinian COVID-19 concerns. Endorsed by the PA, the governments of Israel and Australia, the World Health Organization and the EU, Project Rozana was founded with the goal of building up the Palestinian health care system with the support of Israeli expertise.

Ron Finkel is a well-known Melbourne businessman. He is the Managing Director of Momentum Ventures Ltd., and is a graduate of law and commerce from Melbourne University.
Since his undergraduate days, Ron has been an activist in Jewish political affairs, spending time in London as President of the World Union of Jewish Students and then several years living and working in Jerusalem before returning to Australia with his family in 1985.
A leading member of the Australian Jewish community, Ron has been President and Chairman of many communal organisations and in 2003 was elected President of Hadassah Australia, the Australian ‘Friends’ of Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital. In 2019 Ron launched the Hadassah Australia Medical Research and Collaborations Foundation.
In 2013, Ron established Project Rozana and is proud that it is now active in Australia, Canada, Israel and the US, noting that Project Rozana programs have touched the lives of many thousands of people in Israel and Palestine. In 2018 Ron was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), in recognition of his community service and achievements.

Dr Jamal Rifi is a strong advocate of multi-faith initiatives and was a founding member of Muslim Doctors Against Violence and the Christian-Muslim Friendship Society.
Jamal is a General Practitioner and prominent figure in the Lebanese Muslim community in Sydney. In 2010 he was a National Finalist as Australia’s Local Hero for the Australian of the Year. He is known for winning The Australian newspaper’s Australian of the Year in January 2015. When he was announced as the winner, he was praised by senior Australian politician, now Prime Minister Scott Morrison who said that Rifi is a, “great Australian”. In October 2015 Dr Rifi was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Canberra and in 2017 was appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM), Australia in recognition of his outstanding achievement and service.

Please register to join us on online on Sunday August 2nd at 5:00pm for this important conversation.


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