Thursday, August 19, 2010

Congressional candidate on Avi Perry show

Joel Pollak will be Avi Perry's guest at 7 PM New York time Thursday on the Paltalk News Network.

Pollak is running as a Republican for Congress in the Illinois 9th Congressional District against incumbent Democrat Jane Schakowsky. Among the issues Avi will ask Pollak about:

1. The economy, and what should the government's role be in reviving it.
2. Israel and the peace process.
3. How the U.S. can optimize its fight against terrorism
4. Immigration policies
5. Health care

Pollak is a human rights lawyer and author from Skokie. After graduating from Harvard 1999 he spent time in his native South Africa as a community organizer. After 9/11, Joel became involved in working to improve relations between Muslims, Christians and Jews. He lived with a Muslim family for two years and took Arabic classes, all while leading services at a local Orthodox Jewish synagogue. While defending Israel strongly, he also wrote extensively on ideas for reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, publishing articles in the academic and general press.

He earned a law degree from Harvard in 2009 where he also worked as a research assistant for Alan Dershowitz. He also published two books while at law school: The Kasrils Affair (2008) and the recent release Don’t Tell Me Words Don’t Matter: How Rhetoric Won the 2008 Presidential Election (2009). After graduation he worked for the Hudson Institute on a new human rights initiative that seeks to counter the anti-American and anti-Israel efforts of dictatorships at the United Nations.

In April 2009, Pollak rose to national prominence after challenging Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), asking: “How much, if any, responsibility do you have for the financial crisis?" It was a question few in Washington had dared to ask. Frank lost his temper, but Pollak calmly put the question to him again. The "debate" became a YouTube and TV sensation, and support for Pollak poured in from around the country.

Go to to talk to Pollak. There is no charge

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