Ukraine-Russia War Impact on Israel Draws Historical Parallels

FAU middle east studies professor explains during a Holocaust Learning Experience showcase presented by MorseLife NEXT GENERATIONS

Friends, family and lifelong learners gathered recently at Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton to hear Dr. Robert Rabil discuss the complexities of the Ukraine-Russia War and its critical implications for Middle East nations, particularly Israel.

Entitled “The Ukrainian Crisis and the Impact of Israel’s Existence,” the Dec. 6 event was part of the Holocaust Learning Experience Showcase presented by MorseLife NEXT GENERATIONS, a year-long educational and enlightening series of programs designed to combat hate and bigotry.

Amid the polarized international factions and individual government self-interests affecting the Ukraine-Russia War, Dr. Rabil told the audience he is hopeful for improved peace among Israel, Jordan and Egypt as their respective populations may begin to interact more positively with one another.

“Dr. Rabil’s call for hope echoes our mission in presenting programs just like these to help achieve a better future by educating people to be more active, informed participants in the world around them,” explained Leigh Routman, Executive Director of the Holocaust Learning Experience.

Born into the Christian faith, Dr. Rabil holds a doctorate in Near Eastern and Judaic studies from Brandeis University.  He also holds a master’s degree in government from Harvard University.

A frequent participant in government sponsored roundtable discussions and forums, Dr. Rabil is a professor of Middle East studies at the Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Political Science as well as the Distinguished Professor of Current Events for the university’s Lifelong Learning Society.

The author of dozens of peer-reviewed and commended articles and books, Dr. Rabil has been interviewed by British Broadcasting Company, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal as well as other major media networks.

The next event in the Holocaust Learning Experience Showcase series presented by MorseLife NEXT GENERATIONS is “Visages of Memory” on Wed., Jan. 25 at 7 p.m., which features photographs of Holocaust survivors by Lazlo Selly, accompanied by stories of their survival as told to Bobbi Kaufman.  To register for this virtual event, click here.