IN THE TRIANGLE:
Monday, May 9, 2011 @ 7:00 PM
752 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 @ 7:00 PM
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
1801 Hillsborough St
Raleigh, NC 27605
***Co-sponsors for Triangle events: NC Peace Action, Outreach Board- Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, Peace and Justice Committee-Community Church, Salaam-Shalom-Church of Reconciliation, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Peace and Justice Mission Group-Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
A Just Peace
Affirming Human Dignity in Israel-Palestine
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 @ 7:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church Burlington
508 West Davis St.
Burlington, NC 27215
***Part of the Interfaith Speaker’s Forum sponsored by the Adult Ministries Committee of the First Presbyterian Church of Burlington
The United Nations General Assembly may decide this September whether to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state. Jeff Halper, Ph.D., author human rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) presents his views on the urgency for change in Israel-Palestine. Halper addresses the elements needed for a just peace, the current obstacles to peace and the implications of possible UN actions.
As Halper himself says in a recent short article:
"The reconvening of the UN in late September and the possible recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders may be a crucial political moment in the struggle for Palestinian liberation – or not. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has characterized it as a looming “diplomatic tsunami” for Israel; Ali Abunimah, a prominent Palestinian-American commentator, calls it a “sideshow,” an “elaborate farce.” As yet, there has been little if any substantial discussion among activists regarding its significance or lack thereof, or whether and how we should mobilize around it.
Should the Palestinians ask the UN to accept them as a member state within the borders of 1949/1967? This is a question that preoccupies many activists, especially those who have abandoned the two-state solution for that of one state, be it unitary or bi-national. The judgment is ultimately a Palestinian one, of course. We non-Palestinians can only hope for a vigorous debate within Palestinian society – in the Occupied Territory, within Israel, in the refugee camps and across the Diaspora – which will point us the way. Does September represents a momentous political moment? Israeli General Amos Gilad, head of the Ministry of Defense’s diplomatic-security bureau, warned that “the beginning of Israel's isolation in September will be no less severe than war.” If so, how should we react? If not, what are the alternative paths for resolving the conflict?"
Dr. Jeff Halper, Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), is an Israeli-American peace activist, professor of anthropology, distinguished author, and internationally acclaimed speaker. In 2006 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the American Friends Service Committee. He is the author of a widely used resource manual of articles and maps (4th edition, 2009) Obstacles to Peace: A Re-Framing of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. His book, An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel (2008- 2nd edition, 2009-Pluto Press) chronicles his work against the Israeli Occupation."
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