All posts tagged: Israel

Mapping for Peace – Without a Map

Two views of the same territory: Map on left is one application of the Camp David proposals. It illustrates the point made by Noam Chomsky and by President Jimmy Carter and supported by many Israelis. The areas designated as Palestinian territory would be effectively cut off from one another. Map on right, according to Dennis Ross, reflects the actual proposal intended at Camp David. Clearly, our mental maps make a difference in how we make decisions. Surprising? Not really: maps always frame and shape the way we perceive reality. Their messages have power. Let’s time-travel to Camp David near Washington, D.C. The year is 2000. We look in on negotiations that we hope, as the whole world fervently hopes, will bring peace to the Middle East. – or at least significantly closer to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. One common perception of the outcome is that U.S. President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak have come up with a generous offer, which the Palestinians perversely reject. Noam Chomsky begs to differ: “There is …

Feb 26 – The Choosing People: Indications and Implications of the 2013 Israeli Elections – J Street

J Street San Diego is pleased to present a special event examining the results and implications of Israel’s recent elections. We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, February 26 for this important lecture by UCSD Professor Gershon Shafir. Click here to sign up for The Choosing People: Indications and Implications of the 2013 Israeli Elections. Over the past few months, various pieces have come together to create a new opportunity for US leadership toward Israeli-Palestinian peace. First came the reelection of President Obama and the success of JStreetPAC endorsed candidates in November. Then came the nomination of Senator John Kerry – a strong proponent of US leadership toward a two-state solution – to Secretary of State. Will Israel’s recent election be another cause for optimism on the peace front? Register now and find out! When: Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00PM Where: The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (4126 Executive Dr, La Jolla) We hope to see you there! Amelia Glaser J Street San Diego Programming Chair Related articles Feb 23 – Miko Peled Book Signing …

Feb 23 – Miko Peled Book Signing

Dear Friends, Israeli American author Miko Peled talks & takes Q & A at Protea Gallery this Saturday, February 23, 6.00-8:30 PM. This should be a lively event. Miko Peled is the son of Matti Peled, one of the founders of the state of Israel. Miko recounts his family’s history and his own transformation after entering in dialogue with fellow San Diegans, and creating a foundation with Palestinian Nader El Banna, all in the last 12 years. TEXTSCAPES a photo-based exhibit by Joyce Dallal, acts as a relevant backdrop to Peled’s talk. Dallal’s evocative pieces are made of texts from UN resolutions between Israel and Palestine, LA Times headlines from the Iraq War and her aunt’s writing of the Pledge of Allegiance in Judeo-Arabic, a language spoken and written by Baghdadi Jews. This event is free and with a reception of refreshments (Menu: anise tea and other Middle Eastern treats). Warmest regards, Doris Bittar Where *Protea Gallery* 3780 30th Street San Diego, CA 92104 When Saturday 23 February, 6.00-8.00pm (619) 787-8505

Jan 27 – The Middle East Conflict and U.S. (self) Interest

The speakers at our first meeting of 2013 will be Martin Bunzl and Jonathan Licht from J Street Martin Bunzl is professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and a member of the national advisory board of J-Street. He was a Senior Scholar, The Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, 2002-2003 Jonathan Licht, M.D., is a neurologist at Scripps Mercy Hospital and co-chair of Advocacy for J Street San Diego J Street is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans fighting for the future of Israel as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people. We believe that Israel’s Jewish and democratic character depend on a two-state solution, resulting in a Palestinian state living alongside Israel in peace and security. Rooted in our commitment to Jewish and democratic values, J Street is redefining what it means to be pro-Israel in America. We are changing the U.S. political dynamics around Israel by mobilizing broad support for a two-state solution because it’s in Israel’s and America’s interest. And we are expanding support for Israel by affirming — along with many Israelis …