Equal Rights for All: A "New Paradigm" for Israeli Jewish-Palestinian Peace and Reconciliation
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road
Dinner will be served.
RSVP Required (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In conjunction with the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Seminar
Co-sponsored by the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy
Many observers of the Israel-Palestine conflict agree that the Oslo process is dead and that there is no longer any serious prospects of achieving a two-state solution that would provide for a fully independent, contiguous Palestinian state and address the injustices of Palestinian dispossession. Meanwhile, the Palestinians in the occupied territories continue to be denied basic civil and human rights. The collapse of peace talks cannot be seen as an excuse for failing to address this fundamental issue. Many now recognize that attention must shift from discussions about state-based solutions and address the question of how to achieve equal rights for all in Palestine-Israel. The principles of universal human rights and international law must be paramount. Antony Lerman's talk will review some of the new thinking on what has been called "the new paradigm" and consider how, by leaving open the question of final constitutional arrangements and acknowledging the validity of both Palestinian and Jewish nationalisms, it might open a new path towards Israeli Jewish-Palestinian peace and reconciliation.
Antony Lerman is a British writer who focuses on such issues as Israel-Palestine, Middle Eastern politics, antisemitism, racism, Jewish life in Europe, global Jewish politics, multiculturalism and religion in public life. He is the author of The Making and the Unmaking of a Zionist: A Personal and Political Journey (2012). His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Independent, Guardian and Haaretz, among other publications. He was the founding director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (1996-99 and 2006-9)—a think tank that examines social, political and cultural problems facing Jews and other minorities in Europe—and sits on the board of various European nonprofits. As founding chief executive of the Rothschild Foundation Europe (1999-2006), a major philanthropy supporting Jewish life in Europe, he was instrumental in facilitating the revival of Jewish life across the continent. He was editor of Patterns of Prejudice (1986-99), an international academic journal on racism and antisemitism, and founding general editor of Antisemitism World Report (1992-98). Currently an honorary fellow at the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish-non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton, he also works closely with the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna on senses of belonging in Europe and is a member of the forum's Arab and Jewish Engagements group.