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Israel and Palestine: A Perspective from the Ground

Connecticut Chapter

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Intense negotiations are ongoing exploring a two state solution to resolve the conflict arising from two ethnic peoples living on one land in the Middle East. Many commentators believe this resolution is a key to resolving other thorny issues in the Middle East. The discussions are complex, the details unlimited. As concerned citizens, it is crucial to have a firsthand account and appreciation of the data, to be informed about what is actually the situation on the ground at this present moment. In this context, the Kent Memorial Library and the United Nations Association of Connecticut are pleased to present Rita Hauser, an international lawyer known for persuading Yasser Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organization to renounce violence in 1988.

She also served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights from 1969 to 1972. George W. Bush appointed her to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board in 2001 and she was appointed again by Barack Obama in 2009. She will be introduced by James Hoge, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Her presentation will place the Israel-Palestine question within the larger context of the Middle East and examine UN statistics regarding the conflict with a description of challenges and impediments to peace both for the Israeli and Palestinian populations including security, refugees, the separation wall, checkpoints, by-bass roads and expanding settlements. She will invite questions and a dialogue, suggesting a constructive stance for engaged citizens here in the US.

2 PM Sunday, June 22, 2014 Kent Town Hall, Kent Green, CT




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