Q&A: The man who put Israel on the map

Maccabi Tel Aviv legend Tal Brody tells the 'Post' that he is more confident than ever that Israel is here to stay.

December 23, 2013 16:21
Tal Brody

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Famous for "putting Israel on the map" with his exceptional basketball skills, former sports star and current Goodwill Ambassador for Israel Tal Brody has devoted most of his life to public diplomacy - be it on the basketball court or on university campuses around the world. The first sportsman to ever win the prestigious Israel Prize discusses his past and present with The Jerusalem Post.  

Where did your connection to Israel initially come from?

When I speak abroad in different universities from coast to coast in North America, when people ask about me about my parents, I say my father was a Palestinian and people are bewildered. They think Palestinians are only Arabs; they don't realize they are also Jews - that before 1948 we were living under the British Mandate. My father was here between 1921 and 1923. He was one of the engineers who built the first airfield in Herzliya and built the first electric station, Rothenberg, in Israel. My father then went to the US where I was born. I was raised traditional Jewish. As far as Israel was concerned, I first had the opportunity to come with the 7th Maccabiah Games.


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