“Twin Sons of Different Mothers”: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Historical Perspective


Despite occasional claims to the contrary, the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians (or, more generally, between Jews and Arabs or even between Jews and Muslims) is not ancient in origin. Rather, it is the modern product of the rise of conflicting Jewish and Palestinian nationalisms. In this absorbing presentation, Adam Rose will take you back in time to the origins of this modern conflict as he discusses the history of the region and traces the development of various forms of Jewish and Arab nationalism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You’ll be fascinated as Mr. Rose chronicles the major events in the conflict and presents different interpretations of “what happened and why.” And you’ll gain greater insights into the 1990s peace process that was supposed to end the conflict as Rose discusses what went wrong and how it led to the subsequent intifadas, as well as the state of the conflict today. If you’ve ever wished you had a clearer understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this is one lecture you won’t want to miss. Continue reading

The Truth of Muhammad al-Dura: A Response to James Fallows


Whether or not a particular 12-year-old boy died at the hands of Israeli soldiers, the image of Mohammed al-Dura is an authentic symbol of the Israeli occupation. Avoiding this harsh truth does a disservice to Israel and the Jewish people, as well as to the Palestinians, hinders the quest for peace, and endangers everyone if the wrong lessons are drawn from the al-Dura incident. Continue reading