Forum on Arab-Israeli conflict to be aired live

On Sunday, Sept. 10, the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies will live stream an international conference, “Looking Back, Looking Forward: 100 Years of the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” hosted at Brandeis University by the Crown Center for Middle East Studies. The broadcast will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

In 1917 the British government issued the Balfour Declaration, a landmark document that called for the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people. This event marks the centenary of the Balfour Declaration by asking what are the futures of Israel and Palestine?

This half-day gathering will feature top scholars and public figures who will assess the evolution of Zionism and the Arab world’s response, debate what kind of states Israelis and Palestinians should seek, and explore how these competing visions inform their approach to the conflict.

“In what I am sure will be a very lively exchange, speakers across a wide spectrum of thought will make their case as to why their preferred approach would be better, less risky, and less costly than competing approaches,” says Shai Feldman, the Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center.

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona is one of three universities co-sponsoring the broadcast, along with Tufts University’s Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies and UCLA’s Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. The American Interest is also a co-sponsor. 

“We are honored to work with such prestigious institutions and scholars on a subject that has had a tremendous impact on the lives of millions for over a century. This event will prove to be a valuable and enlightening resource,” says Ed Wright, director of Judaic studies at the University of Arizona.

Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit judaic.arizona.edu/2017Conference.