Journalists and News Anchors from Italy, France, Germany and Greece in Israel with AJC’s Project Interchange

July 21st, 2015

Contact:
Project Interchange U.S.: Myra Clark-Siegel, clarksiegelm@projectinterchange.org
Project Interchange Israel: Avital Leibovich, leibovicha@ajc.org

Journalists and News Anchors from Italy, France, Germany and Greece in Israel with AJC’s Project Interchange

(Jerusalem, Israel) – While numerous journalists are sent to cover stories affecting Israel,
few have the opportunity to truly learn about the country, its challenges, and accomplishments. A delegation of high-level European journalists, a number of whom have previously been sent to Israel on media assignments, is currently in Israel with Project Interchange to gain a deeper understanding and expand upon their knowledge of Israeli politics, its domestic policies and international relations priorities, coexistence programs, geopolitical challenges and the country’s entrepreneurial environment.

As with all Project Interchange delegations, these media elites will meet with a diverse group of Israelis, as well as with Palestinian leaders, who will help them better understand the various dynamics that often arise in reporting on news of the region. Topics will include Israeli society, the “Start Up Nation’s” technological prowess, and Israel’s national political landscape and security challenges, along with its significant accomplishments.

The delegation will travel across Israel for meetings and site visits in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Sderot, and the Golan Heights, and will also travel to Ramallah for briefings with Palestinian experts. The itinerary includes meetings with Israeli journalists, academic experts, political figures, social activists, and entrepreneurs, all of whom will provide these important media leaders with a deeper understanding of the diverse political and cultural environment affecting Israel. Sessions focused on Israel’s diplomacy, strategic environment, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and technological prowess are also on the agenda.

Delegation participants have greatly contributed to the field of investigative journalism, reporting on such news stories as the First Gulf War, uprisings in Cyprus and Ukraine, and the recent terror attacks in Paris, Copenhagen, Verviers, and Tunis. The delegation includes journalists, news anchors, and officials from the following media outlets:

  • Action 24TV (Greece)
  • Il Messaggero (Italy)
  • La Tribune (France)
  • Talmont Media/Atlantico (France)
  • NPR Berlin (Germany)
  • Panorama (Italy)
  • Rai News 24 (Italy)
  • WeltN24 (Germany)
  • Robin Levenston, Project Interchange Executive Director stated, “Project Interchange is pleased to host this delegation of European journalists in Israel. It is our goal that through this educational program and unfiltered access to- and dialogue with- leaders in Israel, these journalists will be better prepared to report on current events and dynamics in Israel and the region.”

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    AJC’s Project Interchange
    For over 30 years, Project Interchange, a nonprofit educational institute of AJC (American Jewish Committee) has brought over 6,000 influential figures to Israel from 89 countries and all 50 U.S. states, offering them broad exposure and firsthand understanding of the complex issues facing Israel and the region. For more, visit projectinterchange.org.