Terrorism and the Middle East

The Ostrow Library, together with the Whizin Center for Continuing Education, is proud to present authors Thanassis Cambanis, Joel Chasnoff and Mordechai D. Dzikansky, who will provide personal perspectives of terrorism in the Middle East based on their own experiences on Sunday, May 1 at 4:00PM at American Jewish University.

In his book, A Privilege to Die: Inside the Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel, Thanassis Cambanis offers a detailed look at the surprising cross-section of people who are willing to die for this movement. Cambanis has covered the Middle East and Iraq as bureau chief for the Boston Globe and the Arab world on assignment for The New York Times.
In his memoir, The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah, 24- year- old Joel Chasnoff makes his dreams a reality as he enlists in the Israeli army and becomes a gun-toting solder.  With equal parts of irreverence and vulnerability, irony and intimacy, Chasnoff blends an on-the-ground portrait of the world’s most high profile military with a thought-provoking look at a young man coming into his own.

In Mordechai D. Dzikansky memoir, Terrorist Cop: The NYPD Jewish Cop Who Traveled the World to Stop Terrorism, he describes how, while working for NYPD, he went undercover as a Rabbi to chase Torah thieves.  While on assignment in Israel, he became the world’s leading authority on suicide bombings.  Dzikansky was NYPD’s Intelligence Liaison in Israel and told his story on 60 Minutes and has also been featured in The New York Times and Esquire.

For more information, or to purchase tickets for $10, please call 310.440.1246 or visit wcce.aju.edu.