Beyond Zionism: A New Paradigm for Peace in Palestine

Monday, February 11, 2013, 7:00pm
Beyond Zionism: A New Paradigm for Peace in Palestine

Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 327/328
1825 SW Broadway

Miko Peled (Photo: Just World Books)

Miko Peled is an Israeli writer and activist living in San Diego. His book, The
General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, follows the development of the
Israeli Palestinian struggle from a national and personal perspective. Pulitzer
Prize winner Alice Walker described the book as "one of the most hopeful" on the

Peled was born in Jerusalem in 1961. His grandfather, Dr. Avraham Katsnelson, was a
Zionist leader and signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father,
Matti Peled, was a young officer in the war of 1948 and a general in the war of 1967
when Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and the Sinai who later
called for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory.

In 1997, the death of Peled's beloved niece Smadar in a suicide bombing propelled
Peled onto a journey of discovery. It pushed him to re-examine beliefs he had grown
up with as part of the Zionist political-military elite. The journey transformed him
into a courageous and visionary activist in the struggle for human rights and a
hopeful, lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Sponsors: Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER), Americans United for
Palestinian Human Rights (AUPHR), Middle East Studies Center at Portland State
University, Jewish Voice for Peace - Portland Chapter, Friends of Sabeel - North
America, National Lawyers Guild - Portland Chapter, Oregon Physicians for Social
Responsibility, Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land -- A Ministry of Central
Lutheran Church - Portland, Peace Action Group of First Unitarian Church