Don't Miss The Upcoming StandWithUs Israel In Focus Conference.
Below is just a sample of the wonderful speakers who will be joining us at this year's conference. The list of speakers is in development, so keep checking this page for more information about the dozens of experts who will be sharing their best practices and strategizing with us.
Hussein Aboubakr was born in 1989 in Cairo, Egypt. He was a self-described reclusive internet nerd, obsessed with comic books and the like. The ultimate villains in the local lore he was steeped in during his youth were the “bloodthirsty Zionists”, so Hussein began to study the supposed enemies of his people. Hussein studied Hebrew at Cairo University, but did not adapt to the curriculum which was the official anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric of the regime. Hussein was persecuted by the Egyptian State Police for being the first visitor to check out books and watching films at the Israeli Academic Center of Cairo. He was surveillanced, harassed, jailed and tortured for his studies of Israel. When the Egyptian Revolution swept in 2011, Hussein became an organizer in Tahrir Square. By 2012 the secret police of Mohammad Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood regime again began harassing and persecuting Hussein, and he was sent to a military detention facility where he was tortured for his contacts with Israelis and writings expressing hopes for coexistence and peace between the two peoples. He received asylum in the United States in 2014 and now teaches as an Assistant Professor of Hebrew Studies.
Lindsey Clark has worked for the Human Rights Campaign since
2013 and now serves as a Senior Regional Field Organizer based in HRC's
Northeast/Midwest region. As an SRFO, Lindsey engages volunteer leaders, allies,
and partner organizations around political strategies to protect freedoms for LGBT
people at the federal, state, and local levels. Based in Ohio, Lindsey has served
all over the country with campaigns stretching from California to Maine and most
states in between.
Lindsey will address intersectionality as it relates to Zionism as a movement.
Israeli activist attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner has been leading the legal fight
against terror financing, the anti-Israel boycott campaigns (BDS) and combating the
multitude of lawfare tactics utilized against the Jewish State by its enemies.
As the president of the Israel based civil rights organization, Shurat HaDin–Israel
Law Center, she has represented hundreds of terror victims in legal actions against
terror organizations and their supporters. Ms. Darshan-Leitner has successfully
recovered more than two hundred million dollars in compensation on their behalf.
In recent years, Ms. Darshan-Leitner initiated a legal campaign to deprive terrorists
of social media resources such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, which they use to
incite violence against Jews and promote terror attacks.
In her efforts to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli activities, Ms.
Darshan-Leitner assisted in blocking the Gaza Flotilla, terminated efforts to indict IDF
soldiers for war crimes, and filed legal actions against those who boycott Israeli
academics and companies in violation of the law.
Staffed by some of Israel's leading activist attorneys, Shurat HaDin–Israel Law Center follows the model of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the famed American civil rights organization dedicated to bankrupting the KKK and other neo-Nazi groups in the United States with the goal to economically destroy the hate groups in the Middle East. Thus, the organization's motto: "Bankrupting Terrorism – One Lawsuit at a Time!" She and her associates specialize in tracking the assets and bank accounts of terror groups and legally obstructing and restraining their funds. They have become known by banks, legal organizations and outlaw regimes around the world as the leading authority and resource on stopping the movement of global terror financing. Today they represent hundreds of terror victims in lawsuits against Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the PLO, The Palestinian Authority, Hezbollah, Iran, Syria, Egypt, North Korea, UBS, and the Lebanese Canadian Bank. The cases, being litigated in Israeli, American, Canadian and European courts, allow the victims of terrorism to fight back.
In 2016, Ms. Darshan-Leitner was chosen as one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, and named by the Israeli Forbes magazine as one of the 50 most influential Israeli women. A mother of six, including triplets, Ms. Darshan-Leitner is a graduate of the Bar-Ilan University Law Faculty and holds an MBA from Manchester University.
Neil Lazarus is an internationally acclaimed expert in the fields of
Middle East politics, Public Diplomacy and Effective Communication Training.
He is one of Israel's leading keynote speakers. His presentations are motivating,
informative and challenging. Neil speaks to over 30,000 people a year and his
presentations are causing an international sensation.
He is a favored speaker for Jewish Federations, Community Leadership as well as student leadership groups. He is a welcomed guest at many Christian Friends of Israel organizations. Neil Lazarus has helped train a new generation of Israeli diplomats and spokespeople. He is the author of "The New 5 Rules of Effective Israel Advocacy".
His client list is extensive and has included: The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Israeli Ministry of Tourism, Jewish Federations, JCRCs, Sky TV, Russian English TV, Keshet Television, Yad Vashem, Hillel, Hadassah, Birthright, The Jewish Agency of Israel, The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya and many more.
Itamar Marcus, founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW)
is one of the foremost authorities on Palestinian media and policy. Since 1996,
PMW has studied Palestinian society by monitoring and analyzing its media and schoolbooks.
PMW’s focus is on the messages Palestinian leaders send to the population through the
institutions and infrastructures they control.
His 2011 book “Deception” which chronicles incitement against Israel in Palestinian media was utilized by the Israeli delegation in their negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, and Marcus was appointed by the Israeli government to represent Israel in peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA) on incitement. He has presented analyses of Palestinian media in academic, cultural, and government frameworks, including hearings, lectures, and briefings to members of the U.S. Congress and Senate; the Canadian, British, French, German, Norwegian, Swiss, Italian, and Australian Parliaments; and the European Parliament.
Marcus’ reports on how foreign aid is misused by the PA for the promotion of hate and terror have led to changes in U.S. legislation and U.S. funding procedures. He has lectured at conferences and universities and to senior security officials worldwide and provided analyses on CNN, Fox News, the BBC, among many other international outlets. http://palwatch.org/