Enemies to Allies: A Rabbi and a Palestinian Activist
- Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 11:00am to 12:30pm
The MSU Leadership Institute will host a virtual panel discussion Thursday, Oct. 15, by Friends of Roots, a Palestinian and Israeli activism group, on building a grassroots model for coexistence between Palestinian and Israeli communities.
Presented in collaboration with Dr. Franke Wilmer, professor in the Department of Political Science, “Enemies to Allies: A Rabbi and a Palestinian Activist” will be livestreamed from the West Bank at 11 a.m. The webinar is free and open to the public.
The livestreamed webinar will feature a panel discussion with Friends of Roots’ activists Noor A’wad, who is Palestinian, and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, who is Israeli. The presenters will discuss their beliefs that understanding and trust are the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom and peace in the West Bank.
“As an Israeli peace activist, I truly believe Roots has found the most genuine, although arduous and occasionally frustrating, path to peace: the bottom-up, grass root path, not between theoreticians and self-righteousness redeemers but between actual neighbors, who live and experience the conflict on a daily basis,” Muli Peleg said on the group's site, who is a professor and researcher at Rutgers University and member of Roots. “They can appreciate more than anyone else the meaning of reconciliation founded on equality, dignity and justice.”
“I am thrilled to share this opportunity to learn how we have difficult but meaningful conversations that can replace stereotypes and separation by understanding the other’s humanity, suffering, needs and roots,” Wilmer said.
Registration is required for the event and can be done at tinyurl.com/EnemiestoAlliesatMSU.
For more information, call the MSU Leadership Institute at 406-994-7275 or visit www.montana.edu/leadership or facebook.com/MSULeadershipInstitute.