Jacob Dallal worked for five years in the Israeli government at the Ministry of Strategic Affairs which led the government’s efforts to counter the delegitimisation of Israel. In his position as director of academic affairs, Jacob led the ministry’s work on new antisemitism, antisemitic hate speech online, and the delegitimisation of Israel in academia, creating the ministry’s policy relating to university students and faculty around the world.
Previously, Jacob was director for public relations at the Jewish Agency for Israel and at Birthright Israel in New York and at the Mandel Foundation in Jerusalem.
Jacob is a major (reserve) in the Israel Defense Forces, having served for five years as a spokesperson for the IDF to the international press; he was acting head of the international press unit during the Lebanon War in 2006.
Born in Chicago, Jacob received his undergraduate degree in political philosophy from the University of Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Our Voice of the Fortnight is from the Times of Israel, as United Hatzalah first responders revisit the scenes of Hamas's pogrom and recount their stories of 7 October.