One Land: Two People – in Conversation

April 29, 2019 by Community newsdesk
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Israeli Ambassador Mark Sofer and the Head of the General Delegation of Palestine, Izzat Abdulhadi will participate in an open conversation at Sydney’s Emanuel Synagogue on Sunday.

Mark Sofer

The dialogue will be moderated by the Senior Rabbi of the synagogue Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins  

This is a rare opportunity to hear Israel’s senior diplomat in Australia together with his equivalent representing Palestine.

Mark Sofer
Ambassador of Israel to Australia.

Mark Sofer is a career diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After receiving his BA in Economics and International Relations from the London School of Economics, Mark took an MA in Political Science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Following his studies, he performed his military service before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

His distinguished career with the Ministry has seen him posted to Peru, Norway, and New York, before being appointed as Ambassador to Ireland, and later as Ambassador to the Republic of India and, concurrently, Non-Resident Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. His career also spans acting as a Policy Advisor to the then-Foreign Minister of Israel Shimon Peres, and heading a prestigious non-profit foundation, the Jerusalem Foundation.

Before his posting to Australia, Mark served as Deputy Director General of the Foreign Ministry and Head of Asia and Pacific Division. He is married to Sarah and they have three adult daughters.


Izzat Salah Abdulhadi

Head of the General Delegation of Palestine


Izzat Salah Abdulhadi

Izzat Salah Abdulhadi was born in Nablus, Palestine, in 1957 and has pursued his education in Egypt, Lebanon, the UK and Australia.

Prior to joining the Palestinian Diplomatic Corp, he was the founding Director General of Bisan Centre for Research and Development, a leading NGO in community development and strengthening of civil society, a post he held for 18 years.

Following the Oslo Accords of 1993, he was among a core group of civil society leaders who established the Palestinian NGO Network or “PNGO”, the most significant networking body for Palestinian NGOs and he has been elected consecutively to the PNGO Steering Committee.

In 2006, he was appointed as Head of the Embassy of the State of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Nations. He is an active member of the Council of the Arab Ambassadors in Canberra and currently holds the post of General Secretary of the Council. In addition, he is the deputy of the president of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Group in Canberra and maintain strong relationships with other members of the international diplomatic corp.

Place: Emanuel Synagogue, 7 Ocean Street, Woollahra

Date/Time: Sunday May 5 from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

Cost: Emanuel members and under 18: free (donations welcome), Non-members $25. No press or recording permitted. Chatham House rule.

Bookings essential:
Note: Bookings will close at 12:00pm on Friday May 3rd.


One Response to “One Land: Two People – in Conversation”
  1. Rachel Miller says:

    Palestinian Authority pays its people and their families pensions to kill Jews! They incite hate and terrorism against Israel daily in media, in schools, and everywhere. There is no moral equivalency between Palestinian terrorist aggressors and Israeli victims of terror. As I write this email, 300 rockets have been launched from Gaza into Israeli towns with the goal of killing Israeli citizens!!! Celebrate Israel! Promote Israel! Have pride in Israel! They are the only country in the Middle East that does not abuse her citizens! Don’t mourn terrorists and their families! As the great sage Hillel said, “Im ain ani li mi li?” If I am not for myself, who will be for me. With the increase in anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, why are you promoting more anti Israel rhetoric by giving platform to Palestinian leadership?

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