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Israeli Peace Activist Miko Peled

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Event Type:
Penny Rosenwasser
Location Details:
Berkeley City College
2050 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Israeli peace activist and author MIKO PELED with his riveting new memoir,
"The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine" (Foreward by Alice Walker)

In 1997, tragedy struck Miko Peled's Israeli-American family, when his beloved niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem-pushing him to re-examine many beliefs he grew up with, as the son and grandson of leading figures in Israel's political-military elite. The General's Son provides an intimate window into the fears that haunt both Israelis and Palestinians, while also showing the courage of those who pursue a steadfast grassroots struggle for equality for all the residents of Palestine and Israel.

There are few books on the Israel/Palestine issue that seem as hopeful to me as this one.
-Alice Walker, from the Foreword

When the State of Israel was being created and many Palestinians had to flee their homes because of fear for their safety during the Arab/Israeli war, Miko again describes the stories his mother remembers. "I knew the Palestinian families as a child growing up in Jerusalem."...As the wife of an Israeli General, she was offered a Palestinian family's home. She refused, saying to her son Miko, "That I should take the home of a family that may be living in a refugee camp? The home of another mother?" She felt ashamed.
--from book review by Palestinian-American journalist Leila Diab

Introduced by Dr. Hisham Ahmed
Born in Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, as a Fulbright scholar Dr. Ahmed wrote his book From Religious Salvation to Political Transformation: The Rise of Hamas in Palestinian Society. He is currently Professor of Politics at St. Mary's College.

ASL interpreted, wheelchair accessible
Cosponsored by department of Global Studies, KPFA, Jewish Voice for Peace, CODE PINK, Bay Area Women in Black, San Francisco Women in Black

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