Group of scholars hailing from Kenya, US Australia and New Zealand to meet with Israeli and Palestinian policymakers, academics, and government officials.
A delegation of 10 prominent Rhodes Scholars are in Israel March 24-29, for a first-hand look at the Jewish state, including its political, historical, cultural, technological, strategic and religious dimensions.
The educational seminar, which includes participants from the United States, Australia, Kenya, and New Zealand, is sponsored by Project Interchange, an educational institute of AJC.
During the course of their Project Interchange seminar in Israel, the Rhodes Scholars will participate in-depth briefings related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli and Palestinian politics and society, high tech solutions to world problems, Israel as a “Start Up Nation”, and meetings with Israeli and Palestinian policymakers, academics, and government officials.
One of the scholars, Varun Sivaram, said “I’m a scientist. I study physics. The real gem for me in Israel was learning about hi-tech. It gave a whole new dimension to the peace process. Because for the innovators here, the conflict is an annoyance – it’s getting in the way of the real progress. The Middle East conflict is hindering the progress of technology.”
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