Meron Medzini (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
"Anti-Semitism and Philo-Semitism — Their Role in the Birth of Israel"
Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 12 noon ET (US and Canada), 6 PM CET (Brussels), 7 PM IST (Jerusalem)
Professor (Emeritus) Meron Medzini was born in Jerusalem in 1932. After high school, he served as an infantry officer in the Israeli army and then traveled to the United States to obtain university degrees. He holds a BA from City College of New York (1957), MA from Georgetown University (1960), and Ph.D. from Harvard (1964) in Asian Studies. Between 1962 and 1978, he served as director of the Israel Government Press Office and in that capacity was spokesman for Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, and Yitzhak Rabin. He has pursued an academic career, teaching for four decades at the Hebrew University School for Overseas Students and in the Department of Asian Studies. He also taught at Tel Aviv University and lectured in various universities abroad. He is the author of nine books. His Golda – A Political Biography (De Gruyter Verlag, Berlin, 2016) won the Israel Prime Minister's Prize. His book on Japan and the Jews during the Holocaust was translated to English and Japanese. He also authored some 100 articles in academic publications in Israel and abroad. In 2016, the Japanese Government awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun for promoting Israel-Japan Cultural relations. He resides in Jerusalem.