Several JPC members heard Mr. Benjamin Pogrund speak at the following the publication of his book “Drawing Fire”. Mr.Pogrund, a South-African born journalist who fought apartheid, discrimination and racism there for many years, spoke of the accusations of Israel being an apartheid state, and his opinions of this definition.
Benjamin Pogrund lives in Israel where he reports on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He was the deputy editor of the Rand Daily Mail, South Africa’s leading anti-apartheid newspaper during the Apartheid era (which brought about the closure of the paper), then was with the Independent in London and The WorldPaper in Boston before moving to Jerusalem to foster dialogue. He has written for the Guardian (London), Haaretz (Tel Aviv), Facta (Tokyo) and others. In 1997 he founded the Yakar Center for Social Concern in Jerusalem to promote dialogue within and between religions. In May 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Media Council in London on behalf of the Next Century Foundation, for encouraging understanding of the Middle East and war-torn areas of the world.