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Cultivating Coexistence and Hope Through Environmental Dialogue

Friday, December 8, 2023, 4:30–5:30 pm

In Person (Community House) and Virtual (Zoom)

In the hyper-arid, drought-stricken Middle East, one resource is scarcer than water—trust, especially now. Join us on Friday, December 8 at 4:30 pm in person or via Zoom (link available upon registration) to hear from Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, Executive Director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in the southern Negev. Since 1996, AIES has brought together nearly 1,800 Palestinian, Jordanian, Israeli, and international students to meet the Middle East's environmental challenges with innovative peacebuilding solutions. With on-the-ground projects, cutting-edge research, and a university-accredited academic program, AIES works to protect fragile shared environmental resources and serve as a model for constructive peacemaking. As a beacon of light this Hanukkah, the Institute remains true to the notion that “nature knows no borders.”

Dr. Abu Hamed is in his second year as executive director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and is founder of its Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation. Israel21c recently named him one of the forty-eight Israelis uniquely shaping Israel and the world. Formerly the Israeli Ministry of Science’s Deputy Chief Scientist and Acting Chief Scientist—the highest ranking Palestinian in the Israeli government—today he leads regional cooperation through applied environmental diplomacy and is the co-chair of the regional cooperation and security task force of President Herzog’s Israel Climate Forum.