Russian Community Leaders and Journalists Meet

Russian Community Leaders and Journalists Meet

On Tuesday, September 6, the Geneva Initiative held a meeting between Israeli journalists and leaders in the Russian community in Israel.
6.9.2011
 
In recent years, the Geneva Initiative has held a variety of programs and activities for the Russian community in Israe. The turn toward the Russian community stems from an understanding that this is a significant portion of Israeli society, which holds sway over the Israeli political map, and which tends to side with the political right.
 
As part of these activities, we held a meeting for journalists and activists from the general Israeli public as well as the Russian community in Israel, to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and with a special stress on the issue of Palestinian refugees and the Palestinian UN bid in September.
 
About 15 activists, journalists and community leaders took part in this meeting. They hailed from Ma'ariv, the Los Angeles Times, Calcalist, Shams Radio in Arabic, Raka Radio in Russian, and more. Participants first received general background information on the Geneva Initiative, on the content of the Geneva Accord, and on the our organization's policy stance on various political issues. After this a brief discussion took place about upcoming activities at the United Nations. Later, participants listened to a lecture by Former Head of the IDF's Women's Corps, Israela Oron, one of the founders of the Geneva Accord. Oron summarized the solution to the refugee issue, and discussed in detail the issue of recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.