Anti-Semitism vs. Legitimate Criticism with Guest Speaker Maria Ntourlia

Students, teachers, and parents from the community gathered at lunch to learn from guest Israel educator Maria Ntourlia at an event hosted by CSW's Jewish Culture Club and Interfaith club.

Maria Ntourlia was born and raised in Athens, Greece where she got her Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Public Administration. She moved to Israel for her master's degree and studied Diplomacy and Conflict resolution at IDC Herzliya. She has worked as a Legal Adviser to the Greek Permanent Mission to the United Nations and, among others, as a Researcher at the Abba Eban Chair of International Diplomacy, in Israel, under the former Israel Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor.

Ntourlia engaged the group in a presentation about the distinguishment between anti-semitism and legitimate criticism of the state of Israel. At a time when anti-semitism is so pertinent in America, this lunch talk provided perspective on what anti-Semitism can look like globally. Ntourlia also equipped students with tools to help them have productive conversations about controversial topics, both about Israel and otherwise. By speaking both from her personal experiences working in politics and living in Israel, as well as speaking from an academic perspective, Ntoulia sparked conversation and thought about Israel and it's complexities within CSW.
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