Mayor of Atlanta & PI Alumnus Defends Training with Israeli Police
On July 18, 2016, amidst chaos and violence between civilians and police officers in the US, Atlanta Mayor and Project Interchange alumnus, Kasim Reed, made a bold statement. In responding to demands from protest organizations to end joint training exercises with the Israeli police, Kasim said: “I’m not going to do that; I happen to believe that the Israeli police department has some of the best counterterrorism techniques in the world, and it benefits our police department from that longstanding relationship.” Watch full clip here and read the Atlanta Jewish Times article.
PI Alumnus Records Podcast About PI Experience
PI alumnus, Professor Mohamed Alsiadi, discussed the current situation in Syria as well as his experience in Israel in a podcast with AJC’s Scott Richman: “Before going to Israel, the concern was from my students’ perspective. I teach Arab students – Muslims and Christians from the Middle East – strictly first generation [here in the U.S]. They studied in high school or middle school that Israel as a state is the enemy and this is our only enemy that we have. We always had a feeling of how are we going to explain to them the meaning of this visit and the impact on the US. To explain to them that the only solution that we have is to make peace with Israel, not war.”
Full podcast: https://soundcloud.com/scott-richman-2/ajc-live-situation-in-syria-and-muslim-leaders-trip-to-israel
PI Alumnus Key Role in Renewed Relations Between Burkina Faso-Israel
Renewed Burkina Faso-Israel relations as a direct result of Project Interchange alumnus Cheick Kader Yaméogo, 2013 West African Political Leaders delegation. Mr. Yaméogo successfully coordinated a private meeting between the newly elected President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, and the Consul and Deputy Chief of Mission at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Itamar Roi. During his trip to Burkina Faso, Roi also met with several Ministers – this was the first time an Israeli official has travelled to Burkina Faso in over three years.