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Boaz Gaon

Boaz Gaon is one of Israel's leading young playwrights, journalists and political activists.

He has served as correspondent in London and New York for the Israeli daily newspaper Ma'ariv. His account of his two year assignment in New York is captured in his book Where America Ends – an Israeli in America which was published in Tel Aviv in 2008. This book received numerous accolades and was called "one of the most precise descriptions of America today, by an Israeli who aims to deconstruct his love-hate relationship with our favorite Empire". 

Gaon is also the author of The Return to Haifa, an adaptation to the theater of the novella The Returnee to Haifa by Ghassan Kanafani, which was staged by the Cameri Theater in 2008 to critical acclaim. It also generated a heated political debate about the issue of Palestinian refugees and the readiness of Israeli society to deal with this question and others, that are at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Gaon is the son of late Israeli businessman Benjamin Gaon, and as such is active at the "Gaon Forum", run by Gaon Holdings and dedicated to the merger of business and community. He is also the Chairman of the Moshe David Gaon center for the Study of Ladino Culture, at the Ben Gurion University in the Negev.  

Lecture Topics:

 Israeli Theater and Its Contribution to Ongoing Political and Social Debates; The Staging of  The Return to Haifa

 Israeli-American Relations – The Way Israelis See America, and Why; Why I love America and Why It Broke My Heart

 Current Israeli Politics – a View from Left Field.

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