Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Some Links

I still haven't had time to read the International Crisis Group's report on Egyptian reform, but the executive summary suggests it's very much worth reading. I have read Issandr El Amrani's commentary, which I highly recommend.

On a completely different note, Madison readers might be interested in the UW-Madison Middle East Studies Program's fall lecture series, which will feature among others HNN blogger Mark Levine. What you won't find in that article is an event associated with the Center for South Asia called "Peace on the Ground in Israel-Palestine: A Personal Account" by Hebrew University's David Dean Shulman. I don't have a date handy, but it's later this month. I'll update this post when I find it.

UPDATE: Here's the Shulman announcement:

Monday, October 24, 2005
Wisconsin Historical Society, Auditorium
5:30 - 7:00 PM

Dr. David Shulman, Professor of Indian Studies and Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

"Peace on the Ground in Israel-Palestine: A Personal Account"

Although the very existence of an active Israeli peace movement is perhaps not well known abroad, Israeli activists, together with their Palestinian counterparts, have in fact had a real impact on conditions in the Palestinian territories still occupied by Israel. David Shulman is an activist in Ta'ayush, "Jewish-Arab Partnership," which specializes in direct political and humanitarian action in the West Bankā€”for example, bringing convoys of food and medical supplies to Palestinian villages under siege, standing up to the settlers who have been trying to drive the cave-dwellers of the south Hebron hills from their homes, and spearheading the struggle against the proposed route of the Separation Barrier that Israel is building, largely on Palestinian lands. On another level, Ta'ayush is one of several groups working continuously toward renewing final-status peace negotiations in Israel-Palestine and building a durable infrastructure for an eventual peace agreement. David will speak of his own experiences on the ground during the Al-Aqsa Intifada and screen short video-clips from the protest demonstrations in Palestinian villages hit hard by the Separation Barrier in the area around Jerusalem.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, the Middle East Studies Program, and the Center for South Asia at UW-Madison.


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