Washtenaw Jewish News

Israeli and Palestinian to speak on peace prospects

Gershon Baskin and Hanna Siniora, the leaders of the first joint Israeli- Palestinian think tank, Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), will share a first-hand assessment of the state of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in these uncertain times.

The leaders of the first joint Israeli- Palestinian think tank, Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), will share a first-hand assessment of the state of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in these uncertain times on Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center of Washtenaw County. This forum is free and open to the public.

Hanna Siniora

Hanna Siniora

IPCRI co-CEOs, Israeli Gershon Baskin and Palestinian Hanna Siniora—both authors, activists, and educators—will be in Ann Arbor as part of a national 10-city tour, sponsored by the national organization Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, its Ann Arbor chapter, the Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County, the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Cultural Society, the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Havurah, and with co- sponsorships from other local groups still being finalized.

Founded in January 1988, at the beginning of the first intifada, IPCRI served as a joint Israeli-Palestinian think-tank and “do-tank.”

Its aim is to create and develop new concepts and ideas that enrich the political and public dis- course in order to influ- ence decision makers and to challenge the current political reality. IPCRI recognizes the rights of the Jewish people and the Palestinian people to ful- fill 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.

“There has long been vigorous discussion within both Israeli and Palestinian societies, and between the two, about what shape a resolution should ultimately take, ” said Aaron Ahuvia, spokesperson for the Ann Arbor chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom. “Gershon Baskin and Siniora are pioneers—together they have el- evated and expanded this discourse despite tremendously difficult times. I hope they will similarly inspire and engage the American Jew- ish community to think and do.”

Dr. Gershon Baskin

Dr. Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin, the Israeli co-director, co- founded IPCRI following years of field experi- ence 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. Baskin 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. During the Premiership of the late Yitzhak Rabin, he served as an outside policy advisor of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Baskin was a member of the Jerusalem Ex- perts Committee established by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office during the Final Status Negotiations in 2000-2001.

Originally Published at http://www.washtenawjewishnews.org/PDFs/WJN_Mar_08.pdf