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June 7th, 2011

ISRAEL/SYRIA – Pro-Palestinian protesters from Palestine and Syria attempting to cross the border at Israeli-occupied Golan Heights were reportedly shot and killed by Israeli forces on Sunday, June 5.

  • At least 23 people were reportedly killed by Israeli troops stationed at the border.
  • Israeli troops warned protesters they would be shot if they breached the border.
  • Protesters were observing “Naksa Day” (i.e., “Day of Defeat”) – a day that marks the anniversary of the 1967 Middle East war when Israel first occupied the area near Golan Heights.
  • Second time in three weeks protesters have tried to break through the border.
  • Border crossings may have been fueled out of frustrations from stalled peace talks.

Analysts available for comment:

Dr. Paulo FARAH is a professor at the University of São Paulo and director of BibliASPA (research center on Arab, African and South American Countries). Dr. Farah is also the editor of Fikr, a magazine concentrated in Arab, African and South-American Studies.

CONTACT: paulo.farah@theglobalexperts.org

Location: Latin America

Languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish

Metsa RAHIMI is a security intelligence analyst at Janusian Security Risk Management. Her role involves political and security intelligence gathering and analysis, both in support of Janusian security operations and directly for clients around the world. This includes a daily intelligence alerting service, responding to security events in the Middle East and North Africa as they happen. She also regularly contributes to Janusian’s intelligence products and publications.

CONTACT: metsa.rahimi@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: English, French, and Spanish

Dr. Uriel ABULOF is an assistant professor at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Political Science and an associate at Princeton University’s Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, based at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His research focuses on ethno-nationalism in the Middle East, Canada, the Balkans, and South Africa.

CONTACT: uriel.abulof@theglobalexperts.org

Languages: English and Hebrew

Dr. Alon BEN-MEIR is an expert on Middle East politics and affairs, specializing in peace negotiations between Israel and the Arab states. For the past twenty five years, he has been directly involved in various negotiations and has operated as a liaison between top Arab and Israeli officials.

CONTACT: alon.ben-meir@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Languages: Arabic, English, and Hebrew

Professor John L. ESPOSITO is an expert in religion and international affairs, particularly within the context of the Middle East. A consultant to the Department of State as well as corporations, universities, and the media worldwide, Professor Esposito specializes in Islam, political Islam, and the impact of Islamic movements from North Africa to Southeast Asia.

CONTACT: john.esposito@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Languages: English

Asma AFSARUDDIN is a professor of Islamic Studies and the chairperson of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington.  She is also an Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University. Professor Afsaruddin received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 1993, and previously taught at Harvard and Notre Dame universities. Her fields of specialization are the religious and political thought of Islam, Qur’an and hadith, Islamic intellectual history, and gender.

CONTACT: asma.afsaruddin@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Languages: Arabic and English

Dr. François-Bernard HUYGHE is a consultant and fellow senior researcher at IRIS (Institut de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques), and teaches in several universities. Dr. Huyghe has also published on the history of communications (“Silk Roads,” “Spice Roads,” “Imago Mundi,” “A Story of Secrecies,” and “Rug Roads”). As a researcher in mediology and as specialist on media studies, he is a member of the publishing committee of “Cahiers de médiologie” and “Medium.” Several of his works deal with the relationship between information and conflict.

CONTACT: fb.huyghe@globalexpertfinder.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: English and French

Leena EL-ALI is the director of Muslim-Western Relations and Middle East and North Africa programs at Search for Common Ground (SFCG), an international non-profit organization in the field of conflict transformation with offices in 24 countries.

CONTACT: leena.el-ali@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Languages: Arabic, English, French, and Spanish

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