New York, NY, May 30, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre (BICOM), one of the U.K.’s premier independent research centers producing research and analysis about Israel and the Middle East, have partnered to produce an interactive web platform convening some of the top Israeli and Jewish thinkers, activists, politicians, diplomats, security experts and artists.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War in June, the two entities have launched 50 Voices, 50 Years, an exciting new collection of 50 diverse voices featuring contributions that reflect on the implications of this anniversary, its legacy for Israel and the Middle East, its meaning for Zionism and the Jewish state’s prospects for peace.
“The Six-Day War is a defining event in the history of both Israel and Zionism. The debate over its legacy inevitably brings forth a diversity of viewpoints and at times deep divisions,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “Our aim is to build a platform to showcase this essential debate rather than avoid it, as it strikes at the heart of what it means to be a Jewish and democratic state as well as the future of the Zionist dream to be a free people in our land.”
“Israel and the Middle East were completely transformed by the Six-Day War,” said James Sorene, BICOM CEO. “It marked the beginning of the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the decline of Arab Nationalism, the rise of Islamist radicalism and strengthened Palestinian nationalism. 50 voices, 50 years is an ambitious project to explore the complex legacy of the war and its aftermath with contributions from some of the greatest minds in our generation. It is a fascinating range of views that will ignite discussion now and serve as a vital resource in the future.”
Some of the prominent contributors include Israeli President Reuven Rivlin; Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat; former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni; former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren; former Shin Bet Director Ami Ayalon; scholars Dennis Ross from The Washington Institute and Tamara Coffman Wittes from the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings; J-Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami, among other notable public figures.
The launch of the site follows ADL’s commemoration efforts surrounding this watershed event in history. In partnership with the LBJ Presidential Library, a symposium was held at the 92nd Street Y which consisted of several engaging panel discussions and remarks.
All 50 voices and additional resources are accessible at the following link: www.50voices50years.com