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II. Seeking Peace Bulletin

Issue #19
May 31, 2002

Speaking out in the Spirit of Buber
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By Rabbi David Ellenson

"From my vantage point as president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, I have seen a schism developing during recent days among divergent sectors of the American Jewish community that precludes rational discussion of crucial issues concerning the Jewish state. I find these tendencies greatly disturbing and feel they have implications beyond the walls of our college."

Forward, May 30, 2002

The Last Negotiation
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By Hussein Agha and Robert Malley

"Since the collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and the outbreak of the second intifada, two propositions have gained wide acceptance. The first is that trying to find a comprehensive solution to end the conflict has already been attempted -- and at this point, if tried again, can only fail. The second is that an interim solution is therefore the only way out of the current crisis and might succeed if properly implemented. The mounting death tolls on both sides seem to confirm the notion that conflict management rather than conflict resolution should be the order of the day, and that now is the time for taking incremental steps in order to rebuild the torn fabric of trust. In fact, now is precisely the time for a U.S.-led international coalition to put forward an end-of-conflict deal."

Foreign Affairs, May/June 2002

What Now? Palestinians, Israelis, and America's Options
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By Professor Steve Spiegel

"The following seeks to review and analyze the various options now available to U.S. policymakers. A careful, sophisticated, and creative approach to the region is imperative; it may require any of the options listed below, or perhaps a combination of one or more. Each option has its own unique benefits, and its own potentially devastating risks."

Middle East Insight, May/June 2002

Hitler is Dead
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By Leon Wieseltier

"The murder of 28 Jews in Netanya was a crime that fully warranted the Israeli destruction of the terrorist base in the refugee camp at Jenin, but it was not in any deep way like Kristallnacht. Solidarity must not come at the cost of clarity. Only a fool could believe that the Passover massacre was a prelude to the extermination of the Jews of Israel; a fool, or a person with a particular point of view about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If you think that the Passover massacre was like Kristallnacht, then you must also think that there cannot be a political solution to the conflict, and that the Palestinians have no legitimate rights or legitimate claims upon any part of the land, and that there must never be a Palestinian state, and that force is all that will ever avail Israel."

The New Republic, May 27, 2002

Israel-Palestinian Dialogue with Dr. Sari Nusseibeh and Dr. Menahem Brinker
Americans for Peace Now and the Society for the Advancement of Judaism present a public dialogue concerning the unrest in Israel and Palestine and strategies for the future.

Sunday, June 2, 7:45 p.m. Society for the Advancement of Judaism
15 West 86th Street (at Central Park West) NYC

Dr. Sari Nusseibeh is the Palestinian Authority’s representative in East Jerusalem and President of Al-Quds University. Dr. Menahem Brinker is a leading member of Shalom Achshav (Peace Now) and Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy at Hebrew University and the University of Chicago.

Is Peace Possible Between Jews and Arabs? - A Dialogue between Dr. Sarah Ozacky-Lazar and Mohammad Darawshe

Givat Haviva and Congregation B'nai Jeshurun present a public dialogue on the state of relations between the Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel.

Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at 7:00 pm; Congregation B'nai Jeshurun
257 West 88th Street (between Broadway and West End Ave.) NYC

Dr. Sarah Ozacky-Lazar is the Co-Director of the Jewish-Arab Center for Peace at Givat Haviva, Israel. Mohammad Darawshe is the Spokesperson for Givat Haviva Israel. They have both written and lectured extensively about Jewish-Arab relations and Middle-East peace.