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Beth El is excited to welcome Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, Executive Director of the Arava Institute. He will engage with us in a conversation about the critical work his organization is doing and how essential it is especially in times like now. In the hyper-arid, drought-stricken Middle East, one resource is scarcer than water: trust, especially now.
The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies has demonstrated that cooperation on environmental issues that impact all the people of the region is an effective path to peace-building among communities that have been locked in conflict for generations. Since 1996, AIES has brought together nearly 1,800 Palestinian, Jordanian, Israeli, and international students. AIES educates future leaders who can meet the Middle East’s environmental challenges with innovative peace-building solutions and ensure a sustainable future for the region. With on-the-ground projects, cutting-edge research, and a university-accredited academic program, AIES works to protect fragile shared environmental resources, eliminate conflict over these scarce natural resources and serve as a model for constructive peacemaking.
Dr. Tareq 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. This year, Israel21c named him one of the 48 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.
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