Israel After the October 7 Attack

Dr. Anat Balint

Barbara Starrett

SaddleBrooke Freethinkers are back to Sunday mornings at a new venue, the SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse Vermillion Room. The program starts at 9:45 a.m., with a coffee social at 9:15 a.m.

We are proud to have Dr. Anat Balint, the inaugural Jeffrey B. Plevan Chair in Modern Israeli Studies at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies (University of Arizona), speak on “Israel After the October 7 Attack” on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 9:45 a.m.

Dr. Balint will share with us an Israeli’s viewpoint on the massacre, the war in Gaza, and the impact on Israeli society. She says, “Israel is a very emotional topic for many people, Jews and non-Jews. The Oct. 7 massacre is a pivotal event, and we see how its impact goes beyond the direct victims and way beyond the territory of Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank.”

Dr. Balint is an Israeli native. She received her undergraduate degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a graduate degree in social psychology from Tel-Aviv University, and a Ph.D. in media and communications from the University of London. Balint was a journalist in Israel for many years and, among other things, covered the Israeli media industry for the distinguished Haaretz daily newspaper.

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SaddleBrooke Freethinkers meetings are now held at the SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse Vermillion Room on Sunday mornings, with a coffee social starting at 9:15 a.m. The program begins at 9:45 a.m. For dates and subjects, go to our website

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