Members of the Syrian opposition will make a rare public appearance in Israel next week at the invitation of the Truman Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
"Representatives from the Syrian opposition speak directly to the Israeli audience on life in the shadow of death, on the refugees and Israel, on the massacre against the population, on the silence of the world,"says the invitation to the event. The gathering will also feature a live video broadcast with opposition commanders and fighters in combat areas of Syria, the invitation says. The event is open to the public but requires advance registration.
The Truman Institute declined to provide the names of those who will appear. The event comes seven months after opposition figure Issam Zeitoun visited Israel to participate in the Herzliya Conference, a large annual gathering devoted largely to security issues. In an interview on the Zaman al-Wasl website, Zeitoun defended himself against criticism of his visit.
He said: "I work with a group of academics and experts in strategic research centers, Americans and Jews, whom I found to be friends to the Syrian people and who are searching for a solution for the situation we are suffering. My efforts were and still are centered on establishing a safe zone for civilians."