What: Beyond Zionism: A New Paradigm for Peace in Palestine a lecture by Israeli writer and activist, Miko Peled. Based on his book, The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, Free!
When: 7 pm, Monday, February 11, 2013.
Where: Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 327/328.
Miko Peled is an Israeli writer and activist living in San Diego. His book, follows the development of the Israeli Palestinian struggle from a national and personal perspective. Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker describes the book as "one of the most hopeful" on the issue.
Born in Jerusalem in 1961, Peled is the grandson of Dr. Avraham Katsnelson, a Zionist leader and signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father, Matti Peled, was a young officer in the war of 1948 and a general in the war of 1967 when Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and the Sinai who later called for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory.
In 1997, the death of Peled's beloved niece Smadar in a suicide bombing prompted him to re-examine beliefs he had grown up with as part of the Zionist political-military elite. The journey transformed him into a courageous activist working for justice and human rights for both Palestinians and Israelis.
This event is sponsored by: Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER); Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights (AUPHR); Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University; Jewish Voice for Peace - Portland Chapter; Friends of Sabeel - North America; National Lawyers Guild - Portland Chapter; Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility; Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land -- A Ministry of Central Lutheran Church - Portland; and Peace Action Group of First Unitarian Church.