Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is delighted to announce a public lecture by prominent Israeli-American peace activist and author Miko Peled in Victoria on Friday, February 8. Peled is the son of a decorated and celebrated Israeli general. He has documented his disenchantment with Israeli policies toward the Palestinians in his book, The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. Peled’s lecture — entitled Beyond Zionism, a New Paradigm for Israel/Palestine — will focus on Peled’s arguments favouring the “one-state solution” in Israel-Palestine.
“We are pleased to offer Victoria residents the opportunity to hear an articulate proponent of a potential solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—one that is seldom discussed publicly in Canada,” says CJPME president Thomas Woodley. CJPME believes that regardless of one’s ideas on peace between Israel and Palestine, all will benefit by considering Peled’s arguments for the “one state solution” and hearing about the personal experiences which shape his outlook.
Peled was born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a well-known Zionist family. His maternal grandfather was a Zionist leader and a signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father became an Israeli war hero as a general during the Arab-Israeli war of 1967, but later regretted his role in that conflict. Peled and his family have also been touched directly by the violence of the past decades between Israel and the Palestinians: Peled’s niece Smadar was killed at age 14 in a 1997 street bombing in Jerusalem. While not travelling for his peace work, Peled lives and works in San Diego California.
About CJPME – Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is a non-profit and secular organization bringing together men and women of all backgrounds who labour to see justice and peace take root again in the Middle East. Its mission is to empower decision-makers to view all sides with fairness and to promote the equitable and sustainable development of the region.
The event is organized by CJPME locally in conjunction with the Social Justice Studies Program at the University of Victoria. Miko Peled’s trip to BC is initiated and coordinated by CanPalNet (Vancouver) and IJV (Vancouver).