Gil has served as Chairman of the Communications Committee of J Street New York City since the chapter’s founding in 2008/09. A long-time Middle East peace activist, he was one of the founders of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom in 2002 and was a member of its board until it merged with J Street. From 1966 to 1989 Gil was a career Foreign Service officer, serving in Somalia and Ethiopia and in Israel during (what I call the “good”) Camp David era, 1978-82, under legendary ambassador Samuel Lewis. As one of the embassy’s foremost Hebrew speakers, his portfolio included goings-on at the Knesset, where he spent several days a month, and the then-nascent settlement phenomenon. His assignments at the State Department in Washington included two years as a speechwriter for Secretary of State George Shultz and as director of South African Affairs. Growing out of his experience in Ethiopia, Gil was one of the founders of the American Association for Ethiopian Jews, the organization ultimately responsible for placing the plight of Ethiopian Jewry on the American Jewish — and eventually the Israeli — agenda, and leading to the aliya of the entire community. From 1995 to 1999 he served as Communications Director of the New Israel Fund.
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