Pulitzer Center grantee Uri Blau and Middle East expert Juan Cole discuss Israel's settlement policy and how tax-exempt dollars raised in the U.S. end up sustaining Jewish settlements in the West Bank on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at the University of Michigan.
By tracing, documenting and reporting on the fundraising and spending of American non-profits and their partners in Israel, Blau's recent Pulitzer Center-supported investigation for Haaretz sheds new light on America's complicated relationship with one of its closest allies.
Blau is an Israeli investigative journalist with more than 15 years experience exploring political corruption, national security and transparency issues--often through data-driven research projects in Israel and the U.S. His work has appeared in Haaretz, Harper's, The Nation, UK's Channel 4, ProPublica, and other media outlets.
Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For more than three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. He has written widely about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia. He has regular columns at The Nation and Truthdig.
The conversation between Blau and Cole is part of a two-day visit co-sponsored through the Campus Consortium partnership between the University of Michigan and the Pulitzer Center, with additional support from the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Pulitzer Center senior editor Tom Hundley joins Blau at the University of Michigan.
American Dollars to Israel's Settlements
Thursday, February 18, 2016
University of Michigan
Hussey Room 2nd Floor
911 N. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109