Israel Distinguished Speaker: Benny Morris

April 15, 2018, 7:00 pm
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD

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“Looking Anew at the 1948 War”

Benny Morris

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the birth of the modern State of Israel with the man who has written the best history of Israel’s founding. Professor Benny Morris, one of Israel’s greatest historians, will teach us about the War of Independence and what that war has meant for the past 70 years and the future. A question and answer session and reception will follow Professor Morris’ talk.

Benny Morris, whose father worked for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, grew up between New York and Israel. He was injured by Egyptian shelling in 1969, and was then discharged from the military to eventually become one of Israel’s greatest historians.

Professor Morris is a professor of history in the Middle East Studies Department at Ben- Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel. He is currently the Goldman Visiting Professor and Israel Institute Fellow at Georgetown University.

He began his career as a journalist, working as a correspondent for the Jerusalem Post for 12 years. When an assignment required research through newly declassified Israeli Government archives, he turned his focus to the study of the history of 1948 war, which marked the beginning of his career in academia. Morris is one of the first “New Historians”, who have challenged traditional versions of Israel’s early history. Morris’ work on the Arab-Israeli conflict has included the publication of ten books on this subject. In 2008, he wrote 1948, A History of the First Arab-Israeli War, the winner of the Jewish National Book Award. He has received praise and criticism from both sides of the political spectrum.

Professor Morris joins us as a part of Beth El’s Israel Distinguished Speakers Series.