faculty expert: middle east

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June 21, 2004

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
(323) 343-3050 
Fax: (323) 343-6405

For immediate release:
Cal State L.A. Civil Engineering Professor
Available to Speak to Media on
the Middle East and the Gaza Pullout Plan

On June 16, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s Gaza pullout plan won the support of Israel’s opposition Labor Party in a crucial parliamentary vote. The plan calls for removing 7,500 Jewish settlers and the military from Gaza by the end of 2005, and includes the evacuation of four small settlements from the northern West Bank. Also on Wednesday, clashes between soldiers and hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators forced Israeli contractors to halt construction of a section of a West Bank separation barrier that Israel says is necessary to stop Palestinian suicide bombers, but which Palestinians say reaches too far into the West Bank.

Cal State L.A.’s Professor of Civil Engineering Irving Kett, who earned his Doctor of Engineering Science from New York University, is available to speak on the Middle East and the Gaza pullout plan.

Dr. Kett is a retired colonel in the United States Army and a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. He spent five years in Israel as chief engineer of the Israeli Highway Department. As a U.S. Army colonel, for three years, he oversaw the construction of air bases built in Israel by the United States Army Corps of Engineers under the Camp David Accords. His eight years in the Middle East also include time spent in Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is an independent writer with a specialization in Middle East studies. He has recently published Strategic Challenges Confronting U.S. Interests and Policies in the 21st Century Middle East, in the military magazine, The Officer, June 2004. An expert on transportation, Dr. Kett is on the transportation committee of Mobility 21—a state, county, city government/industry collaboration, and speaks on the ramifications of the Los Angeles Metro system. He is the author of four Civil Engineering textbooks.

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