January 30, 2015 | Press Release

FDD Vice President to Testify Before Congress Wednesday on Palestinian Authority’s Bid at the ICC

Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, will testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Wednesday on “The Palestinian Authority’s International Criminal Court Gambit: A True Partner for Peace?”

Schanzer will be joined on the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa panel by Eugene Kontorovich, professor at Northwestern University School of Law; Danielle Pletka; senior vice president at the American Enterprise Institute; and David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Schanzer is a former terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of Treasury, where he played an integral role in the designation of numerous terrorist financiers. He is a former research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and has studied Middle East history in four countries. He earned his Ph.D. from Kings College London and is the author of three books, including “State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State” and “Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine.”

He has recently authored an article in Foreign Policy about escalating tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem and co-authored a piece on CNN.com on Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. He regularly appears on CNN and Fox News.

WHAT: House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

WHEN: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 2 PM

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172

WHO: Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

A webcast of the hearing can be viewed online through the House Committee on Foreign Affairs website. Schanzer’s prepared remarks will be available at www.defenddemocracy.org once the hearing commences.

About the Foundation for Defense of Democracies:
The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security. Founded in 2001, FDD combines policy research, democracy and counterterrorism education, strategic communications and investigative journalism in support of its mission to promote pluralism, defend democratic values and fight the ideologies that drive terrorism. Visit our website at www.defenddemocracy.org and connect with us on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.

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