Date(s) - Thursday, March 6, 2008
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems
4901 Evergreen Road
The leaders of the first joint Israeli-Palestinian think tank, are Israeli Gershon Baskin and Palestinian Hanna Siniora. Their organization is called the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI). They will share a first-hand assessment of the state of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Founded in January 1988, at the beginning of the first intifada, IPCRI serves as a joint Israeli-Palestinian think-tank and “do-tank” aiming to create and develop new concepts and ideas that enrich the political and public discourse in order to influence decision makers and to challenge the current political reality. IPCRI recognizes the rights of the Jewish people and the Palestinian people to fulfill their national interests within the framework of achieving national self-determination within their own states and by establishing peaceful relations between two democratic states living side-by-side.
Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information – IPCRI
Founded in January 1988, at the beginning of the first Intifada, IPCRI serves as a joint Israeli-Palestinian think-tank and “do-tank,” aiming to create and develop new concepts and ideas that enrich the political and public discourse in order to influence decision makers and to challenge the current political reality. IPCRI recognizes the rights of the Jewish people and the Palestinian people to fulfill their national interests within the framework of achieving national self-determination within their own states and by establishing peaceful relations between two democratic states living side-by-side.
Dr. Gershon Baskin has a long history of participation on the Israeli side of negotiations with the Palestinians, and has published books and hundreds of articles in the Hebrew, English and Arabic press on a range of topics related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Gershon Baskin, the Israeli Co-Director of Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information – IPCRI, co-founded IPCRI following years of experience facilitating Jewish-Arab relations within Israel, during which he worked for Interns for Peace, the Ministry of Education and the Institute for Education for Jewish-Arab Coexistence. Dr. Baskin has published books and articles on a range of topics related to the conflict. During the Premiership of the late Yitzhak Rabin, he served as an outside policy advisor of the peace process. Dr. Baskin was a member of the Jerusalem Experts Committee established by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office during the Final Status Negotiations in 2000-2001.
Hanna Siniora Shaped by a history of interaction with business, government and industry, UM-Dearborn has a distinct mission to integrate, research and service for the benefit of the people of southeastern Michigan. UM-Dearborn’s proposal addresses three topics around which difficult dialogues regularly emerge on campus: the racial divide, particularly as it affects the African-American community, given Dearborn’s past as a segregated city; religious diversity and religious intolerance in a region where nearly 3,000 religious centers representing more then 200 faith traditions have been documented; and the conflicts and tensions of the Middle-Eastern community in Detroit, which is home to the nation’s greatest concentration of Arab Americans. Since there have been several hate crimes in the region and the campus has experienced tensions between the many religions represented, the goal of this project is to develop the ability of the university to help students understand and articulate a variety of perspectives in historical and intellectual context, and understand that the differences in these perspectives matter.
Hanna Siniora, a member of the Palestinian National Council since 1990, has a long and distinguished history of public service. He has a long history of participation on the Palestinian side of negotiations with Israel. He was the first Palestinian to officially meet Secretary of State George Schultz as a representative of the occupied territories, facilitating President Reagan’s official recognition of the PLO. He served as a member of the Palestinian Jordanian delegation and advised the Palestinian delegation to Madrid in the early 90s. He is the founder and publisher of the Jerusalem Times, a weekly English-language Palestinian paper, and founder and co-chair of the Israeli-Palestinian radio station “All forPeace and the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information – IPCRI.
A University of Michigan Difficult Dialogues Program Initiative Co-sponsored with Brit Tzedek v’Shalom: The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace and by IPCRI: The Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information.
For more information, contact Michael Appel
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