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Press Release – 12 November 2012

Israeli journalist and editor Ben-Dror Yemini in Melbourne

BEN-DROR YEMINI is an Israeli journalist and editor. He is one of Israel’s most outspoken commentators, having written extensively on human rights; genocide; Jewish refugees from Arab countries; Jerusalem; multiculturalism; the status of Israeli Arabs and the status of women in Israeli and Arab societies.

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Born in Tel Aviv, Ben-Dror Yemini studied Humanities and History at Tel Aviv University and then pursued a degree in law. He was appointed adviser to the Minister of Immigration Absorption and then became its spokesman.

In 1984 Yemini began

his career as a journalist, author and commentator. His 1986 book “Political Punch” is a critique of politics and society in Israel. He has worked as a lawyer and was a partner in a law firm.
Since 2003, Yemini been the opinion editor of Israel’s Hebrew daily Ma’ariv.

Yemini defines himself as belonging to Israel’s peace camp. He met with former PLO leader Yasser Arafat in Tunis. He is a long-time believer in a two-state solution for Israelis and P

alestinians, but believes Israel should have the same right of self-determination as the Palestinians. He opposes settlements in the West Bank. He argues that the extreme right and the extreme left in Israel will lead to a one-state solution.

Ben-Dror Yemini’s articles concerning the Israeli-Arab conflict and his comparative studies led him to become the most translated Israeli journalist and a widely travelled speaker about what he terms “The Industry of Lies” – publications against the State of Israel and its Jewish character, which he considers false.

Mr Yemini will be in Melbourne from Wednesday 14 November until Friday 16 November and is available for media interviews.
For more information please contact Elly Shalev at the Zionist Council of Victoria 9272 5519; eshalev@zionismvictoria.org.au