The role of media in the rise of populism
Discussion with Haggai Matar, Israeli activist and journalist
Monday, October 30, 2017
2:00 – 3:30pm
The Fletcher Building
Mugar Hall, Room 231
160 Packard Ave., Medford, MA
Haggai Matar is the executive director of 972, an NGO that publishes +972 Magazine and (together with Just Vision) Local Call , news and commentary sites covering Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The sites were created to provide fresh, original, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of current events, with a strong focus on human rights, progressive activism, and the effects of the occupation on both Israeli and Palestinian societies. The sites are run by Israeli and Palestinian journalists that have broken countless major stories in recent years and are visited by tens of thousands of readers a month, including diplomats and policymakers.
Matar will discuss what the case of Israel/Palestine, after 50 years of military occupation and with the rise of a new quasi-authoritarian regime, reveals about populism and the media. He will discuss the media’s potential role in unifying a progressive camp to fight back; similarities and links between Netanyahu and Trump; and what we can learn from other societies that have gone and are going through similar types of dangerous processes.
Matar will be introduced by Anat Biletzki, professor of Philosophy at Quinnipiac University and a founding member of B’tselem, an Israeli human rights NGO, where she was chairperson from 2001 to 2006. She is also on the Board of Trustees for of the World Peace Foundation.
Sponsored by the World Peace Foundation.