Thursday, July 16, 2015

It hardly came as a surprise that Regev was roundly booed when she mounted the stage

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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 charg√© 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.

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