THE NAME George Deek may not mean much to a lot of Israelis, but the man behind the name is a very important and extremely influential person who has made an impact on thousands of people in Europe, the United States and Israel.
Deek is a Christian Arab who is an Israeli diplomat working in the International Law Department at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. In January, he completed a two and a half year term as deputy chief of mission at the Israel Embassy in Norway, where he also served for seven months as chargé d’affaires. He had previously served as Israel’s deputy chief of mission in Nigeria.
Deek was born in Jaffa, where his family has lived for more than 400 years. A graduate of IDC Herzliya, he has an LLB in law and a BA in government. After working for a private law firm in Tel Aviv, he joined the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 2008.
Even as a boy, Deek was involved in promoting mutual understanding and coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Israel. Among other roles, he was the co-editor of the first local newspaper of Jaffa, Yaffo Sheli/ Yafati (“My Jaffa” in Hebrew and Arabic); he led various Arab-Jewish delegations and programs in the US, Germany and the UK; and he was manager of the “Arab-Jewish” debate forum on the Ynet website.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg about his work in public diplomacy and community consciousness.