Israel 70, Israel 100 – Speakers Biographies

Nir Baram

Nir Baram is an Israeli author and journalist. His latest book, A Land Without Borders, reflects on his 18-month journey in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the accompanying documentary be screened at the event. His novels are best sellers in Israel, have twice been shortlisted for the Sapir Prize for Literature (the Israeli Booker) and translated into thirteen languages. He has also worked as a journalist for Haaretz and as an editor of Non-fiction books and classic novels in Am-Oved publishing house.


Dr Sara Yael Hirschhorn

Dr Sara Yael Hirschhorn is a University Research Lecturer and Sidney Brichto Fellow in Israel Studies at Oxford University, specialising in the settler movement. Her first book, City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement Since 1967, was published by Harvard University Press in 2017. She has an op-ed column in Haaretz, and has written for the New York Times, the BBC, Moment, Forward, Times of Israel, and many other Jewish/Israel periodicals. She has appeared on television and radio for BBC, Al-Jazeera, NPR, and other media outlets.


Alona Vinograd

Alona Vinograd is the Director of the Center for Democratic Values and Institutions at the Israeli Democracy Institute. She has previously served as the Director General of the Movement for Freedom of Information between the years 2011-2015, in which she raised the issue of freedom of information to the top of the public agenda. She also has more than a decade of experience in the social sector, and in 2015 she was awarded the Rappaport Prize for Women Generating Change in Israeli Society.



 Adam Ognall

Adam has been chief executive of New Israel Fund UK since 2011. Prior to joining NIF he worked in sustainable development, latterly at UKSIF – the sustainable investment and finance association. He has worked in Jewish youth leadership, including as mazkir of Habonim Dror and co-chair of the Zionist Youth Council. Adam is a graduate of Oxford and LSE.



Hannah Weisfeld

Hannah Weisfeld is the director and a founder of Yachad. She has campaigned professionally on a wide range of issues including climate change, the conflict in Darfur and fair-trade. She previously chaired the Jewish Social Action Forum for two years and also worked as a consultant for the Pears Foundation. Hannah is a trustee of Guys Trust, a charity that creates educational opportunities for young people all over the world, and Masambiro, which supports Kunyanja Education Trust, a community based organisation in Northern Malawi.


Daniella Peled

Daniella Peled is managing editor of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and has reported widely from across the Middle East. She has trained IWPR journalists in both Iraq and Afghanistan and launched the IWPR Arab Spring project. She also writes for Haaretz and has contributed to several other publications including The Guardian and The Spectator.



Ran Goldstein

Ran Goldstein is the executive director at Physicians for Human Rights. He has previously worked as a senior executive for Ben Or Consulting, where he acted as a spokesperson for several Israel NGOs, before working as the spokesman for the International Red Cross Committee.




Elhanan Miller

Elhanan Miller is a rabbinical student and Jerusalem-based journalist specialising in the Arab world. The former Arab Affairs correspondent for the Times of Israel, he is now a regular contributor to Tablet Magazine, the Forward and Haaretz. Miller is fluent in English, Hebrew, Arabic and French, and regularly comments on Israeli politics for Al-Jazeera, BBC, and Sky News Arabia. His recent initiative, ‘People of the Book’, uses animated videos (viewed over 1.5 million times) to educate Muslim and Arab audiences about Jewish practices. Elhanan holds a Master’s degree in Middle East history and Islamic Studies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Dr Ilan Zvi Baron

Ilan Zvi Baron is an associate professor in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. He has held visiting posts at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His most recent publications include, “Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique” and “How to Save Politics in a Post-Truth Era: Thinking Through Difficult Times.”



‘HaBen Dod’ – The Cousin

Naftali lives with his wife and two children in a quiet village in central Israel. On the morning which he hires a Palestinian worker named Fahed to renovate him apartment, a girl in the village is attacked. As expected, the suspicions fall on Fahed, who Naftali vigorously tries to defend. The pressure around him builds, and within twenty-four hours, his life begins to spin out of control.



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