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American-Israeli author Miko Peled - "From Israeli Zionist to Palestinian Defender"

  • Date: Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Center for Faith and Life, Recital Hall

Miko Peled is a Jewish Israeli and the author of two books:  The General's Son and Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.  He comes from a long line of Israeli government and military officials--his grandfather was a signatory to the Israeli declaration of independence, and his father was a decorated general in the Israeli army, and one of the leaders of the Six Day War.  Peled himself served in the Israeli army, but during his time there, came to question Israeli policy regarding Palestine.  After losing a niece to a Palestinian suicide bomber, he joined a dialogue group, filled with bereaved families on both sides of the problem. Through meeting those people, he began to work for Palestinian human rights.  He tells the story of his own journey in The General's Son.  In his new book, he tells the story of five Muslim Americans, who were leaders of the largest Muslim relief organization in the US, established to raise funds for Palestinian relief efforts.  After 9/11, the five leaders of this group were arrested and incarcerated.  Their story is a complicated one, and is controversial.
The lecture will be in a Q&A format and will cover topics from both of his books.

Questions? Contact Victoria Christman