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Round Table Discussion

May 1, 2008

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Sarah Stern was invited to a small Round Table Discussion with Michael Chertoff, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Dorit Beinisch, the President of the Israeli Supreme Court, as well as Sallai Meridor, the Ambassador of the State of Israel. The discussion was centered around preserving democracy and human Rights, while under the constant threat of terrorism. Secretary Chertoff had mentioned that for all of Israel’s noble efforts to preserve the human rights and dignity of a potentially combative population, she gets “virtually no credit”. Judge Dorit Beinish, had noted that “because of our people’s history, as always being victims, we have got to be particularly conscious of the rights of the minorities”. Sarah Stern had brought up the fact that, since Israel is on the front lines of the war on terrorism, and that this is new to all of us, here in the United Sates, she is sure that there is a great deal that we can learn from Israel’s painful experience, but that under Article 21 of the United Nations Charter, it is the primary responsibility of each government to protect their civilian population.

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May 1, 2008



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