Max Blankfeld is a German-Jewish Houston-based entrepreneur and pro-Israel activist. Max Blankfeld is a managing partner and co-founder of Gene by Gene genetic testing and Family Tree DNA.
Max contributed twenty articles to the blog portion of the Times of Israel. There we read: "Max is a pro-Israel activist [...] destiny took his parents [to Brazil] who were Holocaust survivors; From 1970 to 1976 he studied at the Technion and Tel Aviv University. He was the local correspondent for Yedioth Aharonot for two years; He serves on the Boards of Honest Reporting, MASA and the Jewish Studies Program at Rice University. He published the book "After Germany's Fall", a collection of articles written by his father and published in the Jewish press during 1946-1953. All proceeds received from the sale will go towards supporting The Desiree and Max Blankfeld Fund for Jewish Studies at Rice University and Houston Hillel’s Desiree and Max Blankfeld Scholarship for experiences in Israel"
Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, wrote on Twitter: "Easier to address a far-away humanitarian disaster than the nearby one of Israel's making in Gaza. End the blockade!" to which Max Blankfeld responded: "Not really @KenRoth, what is really easy is to sit at an ivory tower in NY criticizing Israel..."
According to his LinkedIn page, he speaks Hebrew, is a current member of the advisory board for the Jewish Studies Program at Rice University, former Chair of the AIPAC Houston Council and current AIPAC National Council Member, Board Member and Treasurer of HonestReporting, a non-governmental organization that monitors the media for what it perceives as bias against Israel and Chair of the Texas Chapter of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces a group of Holocaust survivors to provide for the wellbeing of the men and women who serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as well as the families of fallen soldiers.
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