COVID-19 & the Healthcare Systems in Israel/Palestine – Part 2 (West Bank & E. Jerusalem)

Apr 1 2020


Online only


The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) invite you to join a 3-part webinar series: COVID-19 and the Healthcare Systems in Israel/Palestine.

For nations around the globe, the COVID-19 crisis is both creating new challenges and exacerbating existing ones. This is especially true in Israel-Palestine, where Israelis and Palestinians live in close proximity, all under overarching Israeli authority but under regimes that afford them separate and grossly unequal access to health services.

In this context, the webinar series, moderated by MEI’s Khaled Elgindy and FMEP’s Lara Friedman, will examine how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting the very different and yet highly interconnected environments in Israel-Palestine, highlighting expert voices on the ground.


Part 2: The West Bank and East Jerusalem
Wednesday, April 1 (11am-12pm ET)
Register for Part 2 here.


Tareq Baconi, International Crisis Group
Tareq Baconi is the analyst for Israel/Palestine and Economics of Conflict at the International Crisis Group, based in Ramallah. He is the author of Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance (Stanford University Press, 2018).

Jessica Montell, HaMoked
Jessica Montell is executive director of HaMoked, an Israeli human rights and legal aid center, and has been a leading figure in Israeli civil society for two decades. Montell previously served for 13 years as executive director of B’Tselem.

Lara Friedman (co-host), Foundation for Middle East Peace
Lara Friedman is the president of FMEP and a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer. With more than 25 years working in the Middle East foreign policy arena, Friedman is a leading authority on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, with particular expertise on the Israeli-Arab conflict, Israeli settlements, Jerusalem, and the role of the U.S. Congress. She is published widely in the U.S. and international press and is regularly consulted by members of Congress and their staffs, by Washington-based diplomats, by policy-makers in capitals around the world, and by journalists in the U.S. and abroad.

Khaled Elgindy, (co-host), the Middle East Institute
Khaled Elgindy is senior fellow and director of the Program on Palestine and Palestinian-Israeli Affairs at MEI. He is the author of the newly released book, Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians, from Balfour to Trump (Brookings Institution Press, April 2019). Elgindy previously served as a fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution from 2010 through 2018. Prior to arriving at Brookings, he served as an adviser to the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah on permanent status negotiations with Israel from 2004 to 2009, and was a key participant in the Annapolis negotiations of 2007-08. Elgindy is also an adjunct instructor in Arab Studies at Georgetown University.


Details and registration links for the rest of the series:

Part 1 – The Gaza Strip (March 31, 11am-12pm ET)
Part 3 – Israel (April 3, 11am-12pm ET)