Professor Dov Waxman
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies
Director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies
University of California, Los Angeles

Moderated by Michael Alexander, Maimonides Chair of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at UCR and Muhamad Ali, Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Middle East and Islamic Studies at UCR


Hosted by Jeanette Kohl, Co-Director of Center for Ideas & Society


Sponsored by the Being Human Initiative, Offices of the Chancellor and Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor


"On October 7, 2023, Hamas carried out the deadliest attack on Israelis in the country's history, killing over 1,200 people and abducting over 240 hostages. In response, Israel went to war against Hamas, seeking to decisively defeat Hamas and end its rule in the Gaza Strip. This war has so far killed over 20,000 Palestinians, displaced most of the civilian population, caused widespread destruction in Gaza, and created a humanitarian crisis. The war has also reverberated around the world, with massive demonstrations against the war and a surge of antisemitic and Islamophobic incidents against Jews and Muslims. In his presentation, Dr. Dov Waxman, will discuss the impact of the 10/7 attack on Israel, the war between Israel and Hamas and the growing controversy surrounding it. He will also discuss the Biden administration's handling of the war, and the various options for governing Gaza when the war ends."


Speaker Bio 


Dov Waxman is the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Professor of Israel Studies and the director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Before joining UCLA, he was the Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University, and he has also been a professor at the City University of New York and Bowdoin College. He has had visiting fellowships at Oxford University, Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, and the Hebrew University. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and his B.A. from Oxford University. He is the author of four books: The Pursuit of Peace and The Crisis of Israeli Identity: Defending / Defining the Nation (2006), Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within (2011), Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel (2016), and most recently, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What Everyone Needs to Know (2019). His writing has also been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The Atlantic, among other publications. He is currently working on a book about the politics of contemporary antisemitism.

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