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27 Nov 2019

The 30th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution - Freedom and Democracy

The Velvet Revolution culminated in November 1989. It ushered in the end of communist rule over then-Czechoslovakia, and the start of a free and democratic society and therefore this year, we celebrate 30 years of democracy. On this occasion you are cordially invited to join us to a special international conference „30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia- Freedom and Democracy“ on 27th November 2109 at the Tel Aviv University. Within the event prominent guests will discuss crucial time of Czechoslovak history and share their experience in that time. Furthermore a brand new documentary will be screened. This event was created in cooperation with the Embassy of Czech Republic in Tel Aviv and the Tel Aviv University.


17:15 Refreshments

17:45 Greetings: Raanan Rein, Vice President of  Tel Aviv University; Robert Mikoláš Director Czech Centre Tel Aviv

17:55 H.E. Martin Stropnický, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Israel

18:10 Documentary film “Velvet Revolution“

18:25 Stage discussion: Moderator Tal Sadeh Guests:  Michael Žantovský, Šimon Pánek,  Gideon Remez

19:15 Q/A Session




H.E. Martin Stropnický

Martin Stropnický (born 19 December 1956) is a Czech politician and diplomat who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 2017 to June 2018, and was previously Minister of Defence from 2014 to 2017. He also served shortly as Minister of Culture. Before entering politics, he was an actor, songwriter, author and director. From October 2018, Stropnický resigned from Parliament to return to the diplomatic service as Czech Ambassador to Israel.



Michael Žantovský

Michael Žantovský (born 3 January 1949, Prague) is a Czech diplomat, politician, author, journalist, lyricist and psychologist. He is a former Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom, as well as to Israel and the United States. During the Velvet Revolution in 1989 he was among the founding members of the Civic Forum, the umbrella organization coordinating the overthrow of the communist regime, and became its press spokesman. In January 1990 he became the spokesman, press secretary and advisor to President Václav Havel.



Šimon Pánek

Šimon Pánek (Born 27 December 1967) is a former Czech student activist during the Velvet Revolution in 1989 and today the executive director of the humanitarian organization People in Need (Člověk v tísni), which he co-founded in 1992. People in Need (PIN) became the biggest non-governmental organisation in Central and Eastern Europe and works worldwide to mitigate the suffering of people in times of crisis. For its international and national effort, PIN has become highly respected in the Czech Republic and abroad. in 1989, Pánek became one of "student leaders" during the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, where he was organising anti-regime occupation strikes and became co-chairman of the Central Students Strike Committee



Gideon Remez

Gideon Remez (born 2 June 1946) is an Israeli journalist and an analyst on post-Soviet affairs. Remez was a journalist with Kol Israel (Voice of Israel, the national radio network of the Israel Broadcasting Authority), newswriter, Parliamentary Correspondent, Head of the Current Affairs Department and Executive Editor in the central newsroom. He was also Press Relations Manager for Israel Aircraft Industries and Staff Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. Besides of that Remez is an Associate fellow of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem





When: 27th November 2019, at 17:00

Where: Rosenberg building, hall 01, Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University 






Rosenberg building, hall 01, Tel Aviv University


27 Nov 2019


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