Miko Peled: Beyond Zionism – Hope for Peace in Palestine-Israel
Monday, October 7 (7:30 pm)
Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC) Room 1-001
University of Alberta Campus at 9107 116 St
Israeli-American author and peace activist Miko Peled will speak in Edmonton as part of a nine city Canadian tour called “Beyond Zionism — Hope for Peace in Palestine-Israel.”
Peled’s lecture will be followed by a Q&A, after which Peled will also sign copies of his book, The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. Peled’s book chronicles his family’s journey and his own transformation into a peace activist and proponent of the “one-state” solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
About Miko Peled
Miko Peled was born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a family intimately tied to Israel’s history. His maternal grandfather was a signatory of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war and became a brigadier-general, emerging from the 1967 Arab-Israeli war as a national Israeli hero. He later regretted his role in the 1967 war, became a Knesset Member for a left-wing Arab-Jewish political party, and dedicated the final decades of his life to promoting a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Peled’s family are no strangers to the violence of the past decades between Israelis and Palestinians: his niece Smadar (14) was killed in a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem. Her mother, Nurit Peled, blamed the bombing on the despair engendered among Palestinians by Israel’s decades-long military occupation of the Palestinian territories. The tragedy prompted Miko Peled to delve further into the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, spend time with Palestinians in the occupied territories and abroad, and explore potential solutions. His personal reflections will provide Canadians with food for thought, regardless of their own convictions about how best to resolve the conflict.
Presented by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East.