Miko Peled: Beyond Zionism—A New Paradigm for Israel-Palestine, 7 p.m., Nov. 2

Nov 2 2013 7:00 pm
Tomson Hall 280, St. Olaf College

The ancient Hebrew prophets cast a vision of a nonviolent society when they urged their hearers to beat their swords into plowshares.

Israeli-American author Miko Peled will cast a vision for a peaceful Middle East when he speaks at St. Olaf next month about his and his father’s metaphorical “beatings” from militant Zionists to advocates for Palestinian rights.

Peled’s free lecture, “Beyond Zionism—A New Paradigm for Israel-Palestine,” is 7 p.m., Nov. 2, 2013, at Tomson Hall 280 on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Peled is the author of “The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine” (Just World Books, 2012). He will take questions and sign books—available at the event—after his presentation. The event is co-sponsored by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, Oles for Justice in Palestine, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Sociology/Anthropology and the Middle East Studies Program of St. Olaf.

Peled is the son of one of Israel’s most celebrated generals, Matti Peled, and the maternal grandson of Avraham Katznelson, a signatory of Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

In “The General’s Son,” Peled tells the story of his remarkable journey from patriotic supporter of Israeli domination to determined critic of its brutal treatment of the Palestinians and a committed advocate of Palestinian rights. His transformation, which parallels that of his hawkish father, is largely the result of his encounters with and subsequent deep friendships he forms with Palestinians. These often painful glimpses into life in the Occupied Palestinian Territories reveal to Peled the awful truth of Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians.

But Peled’s message is ultimately optimistic, as he speaks persuasively and hopefully of a future where Israelis and Palestinians enjoy equality and peace in a single state in historic Palestine.

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Peled is a professional martial artist trained in Israel, Japan and the United States. He founded and led a martial arts school dedicated to teaching leadership skills and nonviolent conflict resolution in San Diego, where he lives with his wife and children. Peled now dedicates himself fulltime to writing, speaking and activism focused on the Palestine/Israel issue.

NJP is an ecumenical group of community members who organize local events to educate and advocate for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel. Members of the committee are available to speak about their experiences in Palestine/Israel. For more information about the event or NJP, contact committee member Allison Schmitt at 651-403-0657 or by e-mail at info@njpmn.org.

Miko Peled