All posts by Andrea Schneider

Israel Reflections 2017–Trust is Optional–Last Blog of the Trip!

Speaker Moty Cristal is always one of the student favorites and, frankly, I never know what he is going to do.  Last time, he led us in an exercise learning about coalitions.  This time, Moty focused on the lessons from his upcoming book chapter in the Negotiator’s Desk Reference regarding negotiation in low-to-no trust environments.  … Continue reading Israel Reflections 2017–Trust is Optional–Last Blog of the Trip!

Israel Reflections 2017–Race and Diversity

Another new meeting this year was with Oshra Friedman of Tebeka legal services, an organization that provides specialized legal services for the Ethiopian immigrants to Israel.  As we learned on our last trip, Israel has welcomed thousands of immigrants from Ethiopia of Jewish heritage and assimilation into the modern society of Israel can be very challenging.   As we also saw … Continue reading Israel Reflections 2017–Race and Diversity

Israel Reflections 2017–Treating Terrorists and Other Medical Challenges

One other new visit this year was with Dr. Ofer Merin, a commander of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) Medical Field Unit and emergency room doctor at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.   As student Margo Clark notes, his roles often require both flexibility and understand beyond our immediate biases. Dr. Ofer Merin is the Chief of … Continue reading Israel Reflections 2017–Treating Terrorists and Other Medical Challenges

Israel Reflections 2017–Old Gesher (the Crossing into Jordan)

This trip we added a few new places and this was one of them.  As student Jessica Lothman reflects, this particular bridge was filled with history, symbolism, and hope. Bridging Time and Space: The Gravity of Old Gesher Einstein put forth his theory of relativity in 1915 having determined that massive objects cause a distortion … Continue reading Israel Reflections 2017–Old Gesher (the Crossing into Jordan)

Israel Reflections 2017–The Case of the Curious Citizenship (East Jerusalem)

Our visit with Riman Barakat, a former Marquette Fulbright scholar who has worked in many different Palestinian-Israeli peacebuilding NGO’s is always a highlight of the trip.  Student Adrianna Hromadka reflects on the questions and answers of her talk. East Jerusalem offers a unique type of citizenship. After 1948, East Jerusalem was not included in the … Continue reading Israel Reflections 2017–The Case of the Curious Citizenship (East Jerusalem)