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Edy Cohen

Edy Cohen is an Israeli scholar of Lebanese Jews background who speaks fluent Arabic. Specializing in Arab-Israeli relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, terrorism and Jewish communities in the Arab world. He grew up in Beirut, then in Israel, and resides today in Tel Aviv. Along with Avichai Adraee, he is considered one of the most prominent and famous Israelis in the Arab world.


Edy Cohen

Edy Cohen (Hebrew: אדי כהן) is the Jewish abbreviation of the name Edward Chaim Cohen Halaleh, born in 1972. He is an Israeli journalist, academic doctor, and senior researcher at the Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and Research. Eddy has achieved great fame on a large scale in the Arab world for several reasons, including receiving him many times on the most famous Arab media channels, especially Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya. He also appeared on the screens of international media outlets that deal with news of the Arab world, such as BBC Arabic, France 24 Arabic, Deutsche Welle Arabic and others. Cohen became famous thanks to his “controversial” social media posts targeting the Arab world.

Early Life of Edy Cohen

Little is known about Edy; However, according to some Arab media outlets, Cohen is an Israeli researcher of Lebanese Jewish roots, and this may explain why he speaks fluent Arabic. He grew up in Beirut, then in Israel, and now resides in Tel Aviv. Cohen is known for his travels, working as a lecturer at an international university, and he is considered one of the most prominent and famous Israelis in the Arab world along with Avichai Adraee. Edy supports Israel’s right to exist and is considered by the Arabs to be a “hard-line Zionist” par excellence, due to his hardening of the Palestinian terrorists whom he considers to be the occupiers of the “state” of Israel.

Beginnings

Cohen belongs to the Jewish minority in Lebanese society; His father worked as an accountant. Edy lived in Wadi Abu Jamil, Beirut. He was educated in a Christian school with his fellow Christians, but things changed after Hezbollah came to political life in 1980. According to Cohen’s statement to some media outlets; He suffered so much when he was in Lebanon, where he became referred to as the Jew, and the windows of his family’s house were hit with stones, as well as many drawings on the walls of the house, such as “Death to the Jews” and “Israel is the Little Satan and America is the Great Satan.”

Young adulthood

By 1985, Hezbollah forces had arrested 11 Lebanese Jews and tried to exchange them for prisoners with Israel, but when this was refused, Hezbollah killed them. Among them was Cohen’s father, Mr. Haim Cohen Halaleh, who was 39 years old. At that time, Edy’s family decided to leave the Lebanese state, and this is what happened, as Cohen accompanied them as well.

Edy Cohen’s career

Edy is a graduate of Bar Ilan University and obtained his doctorate from it, and later held the position of researcher, government advisor and media analyst on Arab affairs. He currently specializes in inter-Arab relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, terrorism and Jewish communities in the Arab world. Today, he is considered one of the most prominent Israeli writers on Arab affairs and is the author of Mahmoud Abbas’s book, The Holocaust.

Edy Cohen in the media

Cohen started his activity on Twitter in October 2012, and at that time he was content with a few tweets using Hebrew or English, and through which he marketed some news links of the Israeli Prime Minister. His account developed little by little, and his fame increased when he appeared on many Arab channels. At that time, he turned to tweeting in Arabic and tried to focus on everything that concerns the Arab citizen, as well as the issues of Israel.

Edy Cohen’s books

Dr. Cohen is the author of the book The Holocaust in the Eyes of Mahmoud Abbas 2017 (Hebrew) (the book focus on holocaust denial in the Arab world). Dr. Cohen also is the author of the forthcoming book: The Mufti and the Jews: Haj Amin al-Husseini’s involvement in the holocaust and his war against the Jews in Arab lands, which will be published by The Ariel Research Center for Defence and Communications in November 2020.

His future work will be focus on Nazi and Axis propaganda in mandatory Palestine and the Arab World between 1933 and 1945.

Who is Edy Cohen


Who is Edy Cohen?

Dr. Edy Cohen is a historian and media commentator specializing in inter-Arab relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, anti-Semitism and holocaust denial in the Arab world, Islamist terrorism, and the history of Jewish communities in the Arab world. Dr. Cohen currently serves as a researcher at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.

where did Edy Cohen grow up?

Dr. Cohen grew up in Lebanon, completing his early years of education in Christian schools. In 1991, like so many other 20th-century Jews struggling to preserve their rich heritage within hostile Arab societies, Dr. Cohen and his family were forced to flee lethal Arab anti-Semitism.

Why is Edy Cohen is known to Arab Media?

As a native speaker and writer of Arabic, Dr. Cohen regularly crosses media divides, communicating directly with Arab audiences and providing them with perspectives on Israel and on Jewish people and religion that they would otherwise never receive.

What is the education history of Edy Cohen

Dr. Cohen earned in 2012, his Ph.D. in Middle Eastern History at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He has been a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Bar-Ilan University’s Menachem Begin Center for the Study of Resistance Movements in 2013. From October 2013 to January 2014, Dr. Cohen also held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem.

Who is the author of the book The Holocaust in the Eyes of Mahmoud Abbas?

Dr. Cohen is the author of the book The Holocaust in the Eyes of Mahmoud Abbas 2017 (Hebrew) (the book focus on holocaust denial in the Arab world). Dr. Cohen also is the author of the forthcoming book: The Mufti and the Jews: Haj Amin al-Husseini’s involvement in the holocaust and his war against the Jews in Arab lands, which will be published by The Ariel Research Center for Defence and Communications in November 2020.