Bedouin diplomat will speak on Mideast

Ishmael Khaldi

Israel’s first Arab Bedo­uin diplomat, Ishmael Khaldi, will speak at a breakfast event hosted by the Weintraub Israel Center, the Israel Consulate in Los Angeles and the America-Israel Friendship League on Friday, April 15, 8:15-9:30 a.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

Khaldi, who currently serves as an advisor on Arab and Middle Eastern Affairs to Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, lived in a Bedouin tent until he was 8 years old, walked four miles round trip to school each day and tended flocks of sheep. His family’s ties with their Jewish neighbors go back to the days of the early Zionist pioneers from Eastern Europe who settled in the Galilee region in the 1920s.

Tickets are $5 at the door; RSVP to the Weintraub Israel Center at 577-9393, ext. 133.