Muswell Hill Synagogue
Vayetze 24 November 2017 3.46pm 4.52pm
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Jerusalem Lecture Series: Jerusalem, Israeli identity and the Israeli-Arab conflict: James Sorene, BICOM


  • 09:45 – Breakfast

  • 10:00 – Lecture and Q&A

  • 11:00 – End

This lecture will discuss: How did Jerusalem become such a pivotal part of Israeli identity? How did historical events enshrine a united jerusalem at the centre of Israeli politics and what past ideas could provide an answer to the puzzle of how Jerusalem could become a shared capital between Israelis and Palestinians.

James Sorene is the Chief Executive Officer of BICOM. Before joining BICOM James was a Senior Civil Servant for the UK Government and Head of Communications and Official Spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Prior to that, James held senior positions in communications at the Department of Health and the Home Office. From 1997 to 2000 he was Head of Public Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in London. He holds a Law degree from Queen Mary at the University of London and a Masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

BICOM, the Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre, is an independent research centre producing research and analysis about Israel and the Middle East. Our aim is to increase understanding of Israel and the Middle East in the UK. We believe in the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security and the right of the Palestinians to an independent state brought about through a negotiated agreement. We support a close relationship between Britain and Israel, based on shared values and interests.