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Join TalkMatters global community on Wednesday 1st March at 5pm UK time, 7pm Israel time.

Please join TalkMatters to meet Tareq Abu Hamed, the Director of the Arava Institute, along with a Palestinian and an Israeli alumni.  They are building trust and advancing cross-border co-operation in the face of the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.  Their work is more vital than ever before.  Israel has elected the most right-wing government in its history.  Faced with politicians who stand in direct opposition to TalkMatters’s values, we must increase our support for Israeli-Palestinian grass-roots initiatives.   

About the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

On Wednesday 1st March, TalkMatters is introducing the work of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies to a new and wider audience.  Arava is a leading environmental studies and research institute in the Middle East located at Kibbutz Ketura in southern Israel. With an intake from Jordan, Palestine, Israel and around the world, Arava offers students the opportunity to learn from experts how to tackle climate change, water scarcity, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.  At the same time, students have the chance to hear each others’ stories and to rally against racism and prejudice. 

With an intake from Jordan, Palestine, Israel and around the world, Arava offers students the opportunity to learn from experts and to develop the skills that enable them to lead the region and the world in solving today’s most pressing environmental challenges. At the same time, students have the chance to hear each others’ stories and to rally against racism and prejudice.

‘At the Arava Institute, the idea that nature knows no political borders is more than a belief. It is a fact, a curriculum, and a way of life’

organisers, as well as leaders of family and women’s groups in their quest for a peaceful solution to the conflict.

About our keynote speaker

Tareq Abu Hamed PhD is the Executive Director of the Arava Institute and a researcher at the Dead Sea and Arava Science Centre.  Tareq has worked at the Weizmann Institute of Science and his second post doctorate is from the University of Minnesota in the USA.  Tareq  publishes extensively and served at Israel’s Ministry of Science as the Vice Chief Scientist and as Director of Engineering Research.  His work has been recognized with several awards including the Dan David Prize.