Enemies to Allies: A Rabbi and a Palestinian Activist
- Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
The Montana State University Leadership Institute will host a virtual panel discussion Thursday, Oct. 15, by Roots, a Palestinian and Israeli activism group, on building a grassroots model for coexistence between Palestinian and Israeli communities.
Presented in collaboration with 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 webinar will feature a panel discussion with 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.
“Enemies to Allies” is also sponsored by the Office of the President, ASMSU, the Office of the Provost, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success, the College of Letters and Science, the Department of Political Science, the Department of History and Philosophy, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Beth Shalom Community, Murdoch's Ranch and Home Supply, the Office of the Student Engagement and Humanities Montana.
- Carmen McSpadden