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Guest Lecturers

Alan Dershowitz

Professor Alan Dershowitz is a Brooklyn native who has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights,” “the best-known criminal lawyer in the world,” “the top lawyer of last resort,” “America’s most public Jewish defender” and “Israel’s single most visible defender – the Jewish state’s lead attorney in the court of public opinion.” He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and has published more than 100 articles in magazines and journals, and more than 300 of his articles have appeared in syndication in 50 national daily newspapers. He is also the author of 27 fiction and non-fiction works.

David Horovitz

David Horovitz is the founding editor of The Times of Israel, a Jerusalem-based online newspaper that documents developments in Israel, the Middle East and around the Jewish world. He was previously the editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, Israel's English-language daily, and editor and publisher of the award-winning newsmagazine The Jerusalem Report. He is the author of "Still Life with Bombers" (2004), "A Little Too Close to God" (2000), and co-author of "Shalom Friend: The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin" (1996). In his writing and lectures, David often urges the Israeli leadership to devote more attention to the struggle for Israeli legitimacy in the media, the legal arena and diplomatic forums.

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi is CEO of the nonprofit organization RespectAbility. She is an expert in strategic communications, public opinion research, media and politics. She previously founded and led The Israel Project (TIP). She raised tens of millions of dollars to support TIP’s groundbreaking work, and reached out to all the presidential candidates and campaigns. Prior and after running TIP, Mizrahi led her own strategic communications firm, Laszlo Strategies. She worked with The White House, 60 U.S. senators and 114 Congress members. Mizrahi has been interviewed on One on One with John McLaughlin and has been viewed hundreds of times on CNN, CNBC, FOX, MSNBC, and C-SPAN. She holds degrees in Judaic Studies and International Studies from Emory University and has thrice been named by The Forward as one of the 50 most influential Jews in America.

Natan Sharansky

Natan Sharansky, born in Donetsk, in the Former Soviet Union, was a Prisoner of Zion and a leader in the struggle for the right of Soviet Jews to immigrate to Israel as well as a spokesman for the human rights movement. Subsequent to his request to make aliyah, Mr. Sharansky was arrested on trumped-up charges of espionage. Sharansky was tried in a Soviet court, convicted and sentenced to 13 years in prison. He served nine years in the Gulag with many stretches in solitary confinement. He was released following massive public campaigns by world Jewry and officials in the West. On the same day that he was released he made aliyah. In the first few years in Israel, he established the Zionist Forum to assist in the absorption of Soviet olim. In the 1990's, he established the Yisrael B'Aliyah party in order to accelerate the integration of Russian Jews. He served in four successive Israeli governments, as Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. He is the author of three bestselling books and the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sharansky has serves as the Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency since June 2009.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner is an Israeli attorney, human rights activist, and founder of Shurat HaDin Israeli Law Center. She is known for her legal activism, especially lawsuits and legal actions brought on behalf of terror victims against terrorist groups, their leaders, and financial patrons. In addition, her law office has brought civil actions against numerous banks and financial institutions for aiding and abetting Islamic and Arab groups engaged in terror attacks. Nitsana is also a media personality appearing in the press, radio, and television. Her appearances include Israeli talk show programs, Voice of Israel radio, CNN, BBC, European television, the Jerusalem Report, and many other American and Canadian publications. Nitsana Darshan-Leitner was a winner of the Moskowitz Family Foundation "Oz Tzion" Prize and was named one of the 50 most influential Jews by The Jerusalem Post.