CAMERA Announces Upcoming Conference

CAMERA is pleased to announce a conference to be held in the Boston area on Sunday, October 31, 2004. Registration begins at 12:00 PM, and sessions will run from 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM, including your choice of three practical workshops. (Refreshments will be served.) For more information, call toll-free 888-736-3672.

Program Highlights:

Israel and the Media: A Global Challenge

October 31, 2004

Setting the Stage: Maxine Wolf, CAMERA Board

The Media and Public Activism: Strategies for Success: Andrea Levin, CAMERA Executive Director

European Media Coverage of Israel and the Rise of Anti-Semitism:
* Michel Gurfinkiel
, Editor of Valeurs Actuelles magazine (France)
* Fiamma Nirenstein, Author and Columnist for La Stampa newspaper (Italy)
* Melanie Phillips, Author and Columnist for the Daily Mail (Britain )
* Moderator: Jeff Jacoby, Columnist for the Boston Globe

Jihad TV: Is al Jazeera Part of the Global War?
* Walid Phares, Professor Florida Atlantic University

Media Myths and How to Refute Them: Alex Safian, CAMERA Associate Director

  Choose A Workshop!

Ten Ways to Help Israel – What YOU can do to focus the media on issues that matter
Lee Green, Director, CAMERA National Letter-Writing Group

For Students: Winning the War of Words on Campus

Essential Resources for the Activist
StandWithUs Staff

About the speakers:

  • Maxine Laura Wolf is past Chairman of the Board of CAMERA and is currently on its Board. She is a member of the National Board of Hadassah and its former president of the Boston chapter. She lectures widely on Middle East media issues and writes for a variety of publications. Maxine with her husband David was awarded CAMERA’s Emet Award in 2004.

  • Andrea Levin is Executive Director and President of CAMERA. She writes and lectures widely on media coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict and its impact on public opinion. Her column Eye on the Media appears in The Jerusalem Post and is frequently reprinted and quoted by Jewish newspapers in the US and Canada. Her articles have appeared in Commentary, The Boston Globe, The Middle East Quarterly, the New York Post, Washington Times and Editor & Publisher among others.

  • Michel Gurfinkiel, a French author and journalist, is the Editor in Chief of Valeurs Actuelles, a journal published in Paris. He writes on world affairs, religion and culture. His latest books are: La Cuisson du Homard (How to Cook the Lobster), an essay on the present crisis between Israel and the Arab world and Le Retour de la Russie (The Return of Russia), a comprehensive study on Russian history and the post-communist regime. He is a frequent contributor to The Times (London), The Wall Street Journal (New York and Brussels), Commentary (New York), The Weekly Standard (Washington), The Middle East Quarterly (Philadelphia). Mr. Gurfinkiel is a member of the Editorial Board of Commentaire(Paris), the review founded by Raymond Aron. A regular guest on French TV and radio, he serves as a world affairs consultant for LCI, the French news channel.

  • Fiamma Nirenstein was born in Florence, Italy, where she received a degree in modern history. She is a visiting professor in History of the Middle East at the Luiss University in Rome. Ms. Nirenstein lives in Jerusalem working as a columnist and a feature writer of La Stampa Daily and Panorama Weekly. Winner of 12 journalistic and literary awards, she has written seven books, five devoted to Israel, the Middle East, the Jews, anti-Semitism, the Arab-Israeli conflict and terrorism. Her just published book Gli antisemiti progressisti (Progressive Anti-Semites) deals with growing anti-Semitism in liberal Europe. The previous, The Abandonment, How the West Betrayed the Jews will soon be in the American bookstores. All her books, including an interview with Bernard Lewis, Islam, la guerra e la speranza (Islam the War and the Hope) have been best sellers.

  • Melanie Phillips is a British journalist and author. She is best known for her column about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail. Awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996, she is the author of All Must Have Prizes, an acclaimed study of Britain’s educational and moral crisis. She is also the author of The Sex-Change, Society: Feminised Britain and the Neutered Male and The Ascent of Woman, a history of the ideas behind the female suffrage campaign. She also wrote a play, Traitors, about English anti-Semitism, which was performed at the Drill Hall in London in 1985. Her work can be found on her Web site,, where in addition to her articles she writes a regular commentary on current events.

  • Dr Walid Phares is a professor of Middle East Studies and Ethnic and Religious Conflict in the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University and an expert on Political Islam, Jihad, the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as terrorism. He is the author of eight books on the Middle East in Arabic, French, and English, and more then 200 articles. He serves as an academic advisor to several Western-based Human Rights and minority groups within the Muslim world and conducts an ongoing monitoring of the Jihad movement worldwide and an updated analysis of al-Jazeera TV. Mr. Phares was born in Lebanon. Professor Phares serves now as Senior Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington. He served as a Terrorism expert with the US Government in 2003. He appears on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and the BBC.

  • Alex Safian is Associate Director and Research Director at CAMERA. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the San Diego Union Tribune, the Jerusalem Post, National Review Online, as well as in other newspapers, journals and magazines across the US and the Middle East Quarterly. He also lectures widely on media coverage of the Middle East.

  • Lee Green is the founding director of CAMERA’s National Letter-Writing Group, which has grown to include thousands of members in 44 states and 9 countries. A graduate of Brandeis University, Lee serves on the board of the St. Louis chapter of Hadassah, ADL’s St. Louis Israel Advocacy Task Force and American Friends of Shemesh, the organization for Jewish-Arab Friendship in the Galilee.

  • StandWithUs is a Los Angeles based organization that educates through fact-filled brochures and trains students, leadership, and community activists to speak knowledgeably on Israel’s behalf. It also fosters partnerships between U.S. and Israeli businesses and takes missions to Israel. To find out more about StandWithUs, visit their Web site.


Registration Fee: $30*


Students: $5*

For security reasons advance registration with a confirmation number required.

*Includes refreshments. Dietary laws observed.

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