CORVALLIS, Ore. – The first Bedouin to ever be appointed an Israeli diplomat will speak about his unusual life experiences in a presentation Monday, April 20, at Oregon State University.

Ishmael Khaldi, deputy consul general of Israel for the Pacific Northwest, will speak on “From Bedouin Shepherd to Israeli Consul” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Room 109 on the OSU campus.

As the first Bedouin to be appointed an Israeli diplomat, Khaldi has a unique perspective of being a non-Jewish minority citizen in Israel. A shepherd, Muslim and Arab, he was raised in the village of Khawalid in the Zevulun Valley of Israel, and is also an Israeli citizen. Before joining the Israeli Foreign Service, Khaldi served in the Israeli Defense Force and Israeli Police Force. He holds a masters degree in political science from Tel Aviv University.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Oregon State University Hillel. More information can be obtained on the web at

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Aaron Wolf,