German Politicians and Leading Journalists Travel to Israel with AJC Project Interchange

February 29th, 2016

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

German Politicians and Leading Journalists Travel to Israel with AJC Project Interchange
Seminar will focus on immigration integration, counter-terrorism practices, the media landscape and Israel’s security environment

February 29, 2016 – (Jerusalem, Israel) – Project Interchange, in coordination with AJC Berlin, is hosting its eighth delegation of German leaders in Israel, continuing 50 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany. The delegation consists of high-level officials, political and civil society leaders, including representation from the Foreign Office and Parliament offices, and elite journalists from a number of Germany’s top publications.

As one of the major European countries accepting thousands of migrants, Germany, like many European nations, is struggling to adequately care for and integrate the enormous influx of refugees generated by the Syrian civil war and other conflicts. With an expected three million more refugees and migrants expected to arrive in the European Union by the end of 2016, these countries face the need to implement successful immigrant absorption programs. During the Project Interchange seminar, participants will interact with Israeli experts on immigration and integration, sharing an expertise developed through Israel’s own experience in absorbing immigrants from around the globe.

Participants will meet with Members of Knesset (Israel’s Parliament), officials from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Germany’s Ambassador to Israel, and other prominent Israeli, Arab-Israeli, and Palestinian experts. The delegation will travel throughout Israel, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Israel’s Southern region, and Ramallah in the Palestinian Authority.

Briefings will expand the participants’ awareness of Israel’s security environment, media landscape, entrepreneurship and innovation, and promote sharing of best practices in areas such as counter-terrorism, humanitarian aid, and cyber security. Also on the itinerary are visits to historical and religious sites, and discussions about Israeli-Palestinian relations, regional dynamics, and international and Sharia law. The delegation will be accompanied by AJC Berlin Director Deidre Berger and AJC Berlin Public Affairs Officer, Fabian Weissbarth.

“Project Interchange’s seminars with high-level German public opinion leaders to Israel are a natural extension of AJC’s decades-old engagement in the successful German-Jewish relationship,” said Deidre Berger. “Germany is one of Israel’s strongest partners and we are glad to provide an opportunity to continue strengthening the German-Israeli relationship vital for decades to come.”

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AJC’s Project Interchange
For nearly 35 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.