Dr Mordechai Kedar is an Israeli scholar of Arabic and Islam, a lecturer and the director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Islam at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He specializes in Islamic ideology and movements, the political discourse of Arab countries, the Arabic mass media, and the Syrian domestic arena. Dr Kedar served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence and is author of numerous monographs, articles, op-eds and books. He regularly appears on Arab language TV stations defending Israel.

This presentation was part of the Sunday main event of the 1st International Symposium on Liberty and Islam in Australia. The symposium was organised by Q Society of Australia and held in Melbourne on the weekend 7 – 10 March 2014.