The Taub Center for Israel Studies will host a screening of “The Siege of Bethlehem,” a PBS “Frontline” documentary, and a talk by reserve Col. Lior Lotan, chief Israeli negotiator in the Siege of the Church of the Nativity, on Sun., Oct. 15.
New York University’s Taub Center for Israel Studies will host a screening of “The Siege of Bethlehem,” a PBS “Frontline” documentary, and a talk by reserve Col. Lior Lotan, chief Israeli negotiator in the Siege of the Church of the Nativity, on Sun., Oct. 15, 6-8 p.m. at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center [screening room] (53 Washington Square South [between Sullivan and Thompson Streets]).
The event is free and open to the public. RSVP by calling 212.992.9797 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Space limited to availability. Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th St.).
In 2002, a wave of Palestinian suicide bombings against Israeli civilian targets resulted in Israeli military intervention in the major Palestinian cities. Armed Palestinian militants took refuge in the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem and were besieged by the Israel Defense Forces for 39 days. A negotiated settlement allowed over 200 priests and civilians in the Church to escape unscathed, while the militants agreed to go into exile thereby avoiding arrest. Lotan, who will speak on his experiences immediately following the screening, was the chief Israeli negotiator during the siege.
Lotan, a senior researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center’s International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Israel, is regarded as a foremost expert in hostage-barricade situations and hostage negotiations. He commanded the Israel Defense Force (IDF) hostage negotiation team from 1998 until 2005. From 1993 to 1996, he commanded the IDF’s Counter-Terrorism Unit.
The Taub Center was established with a gift from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. The gift supports an endowed professorship and two graduate fellowships in Israel Studies, and funds lectures, seminars, scholarly colloquia at the Center, and other special programs for students, faculty, and the community. In addition to offering its own programming, the Taub Center works closely with NYU’s departments to create cross-disciplinary programming, serving to broaden NYU’s offerings in Judaic and Middle Eastern studies.