Indeed, what's next in the stalled quest for peace between Palestinians and Israelis?
Two years after the war on Gaza and nine months after the Gaza Freedom Flotilla fiasco, where are we? What's changed since Israel locked horns with Hamas in Gaza? What is the state of relations between Turkey and Israel today, after Turkish citizens were killed when Israeli commandos raided the "Freedom Flotilla" on its way to Gaza in May of 2010? What can progressives do to support better relations between Israelis/Jews and Palestinians/Arabs who seek a shared future? What does U.S. foreign policy hold for the near future in the region?
Author, speaker and U.N. Special Rapporteur Richard A. Falk and anthropologist/author Jeff Halper, founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), will address these and other issues in a public forum on Saturday, February 5, from 3-6 pm, at the Iman Cultural Center, 3376 Motor Ave in Los Angeles (just north of Palms). A suggested donation of $10 will be requested at the door or can be pledged online by RSVPing to 310.657.5511. (No one turned away for lack of funds.) A special donor dinner will follow to benefit the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. Click here for info/reservations.
This event is presented within Progressive Conversations on Israel, Palestine and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East, the new monthly lecture series, organized and cosponsored by LA Jews for Peace and the Levantine Cultural Center. It is cosponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, Muslims for Progressive Values-USA and the Progressive Democrats of America-LA. This forum is presented in association with the Shura Council of Southern California and Friends of Sabeel. KFPK 90.7 FM is the official media sponsor for "What's Next on the Road to Peace?"
Dr. Richard A. Falk has been the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories. He is the author of The Declining World Order, America's Imperial Geopolitics, along with many other titles. Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and Visiting Distinguished Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His book, The Great Terror War (2003), considers the American response to September 11, including its relationship to the patriotic duties of American Citizens. In 2001 he served on a three person Human Rights Inquiry Commission for the Palestine Territories that was appointed by the United Nations, and previously, on the Independent International Commission on Kosovo. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Religion and Humane Global Governance; Human Rights Horizons; On Humane Governance: Toward a New Global Politics; Explorations at the Edge of Time; Revolutionaries and Functionaries; The Promise of World Order; Indefensible Weapons; Human Rights and State Sovereignty; A Study of Future Worlds; This Endangered Planet; coeditor of Crimes of War. He serves as Chair of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's Board of Directors and as honorary vice president of the American Society of International Law.
Dr. Jeff Halper is an American anthropologist who immigrated to Israel in 1973. He now lives in Jerusalem and for the past 13 years has been the Coordinating Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). ICAHD is an Israeli-Palestinian NGO that works on the ground to resist the Israeli occupation of the West Bank including East Jerusalem. ICAHD rebuilds some of the 24,000 Palestinian homes that have been destroyed by the Israeli occupation authorities. The American Friends Service Committee nominated Halper, along with Palestinian activist Ghassan Andoni, for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.
Halper has been a peace and human rights activist for more than three decades. A second edition of his most recent book is An Israeli in Palestine; Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel (2008), has just been released. The book traces Halper's work against the Israeli Occupation. Born in Minnesota, he participated in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movement of the 1960s. After attending rabbinical school and resisting military service in the Vietnam War, Halper immigrated to Israel in 1973.