An ‘Insider’s View’ on Israel and Palestine
Hastings is to host a talk by renowned Palestinian activist Miko Peled at
the White Rock Hotel on Saturday 5 October at 3pm
Miko is known as ‘the Israeli Insider’ as he was born to a prominent Zionist family in Jerusalem – his grandfather signed the Declaration of Independence and his father was a General in the Israel Defence Force.
In 1997 Miko’s niece was killed in a suicide attack in Jerusalem and this was the moment that began a process for Miko that he has described as “dismantling a lifetime of racist assumptions.”
Miko has since travelled and worked extensively in Palestine, shaping his views, and today he calls for the removal of Israel’s separation wall and equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians.
“As an Israeli that was raised on the Zionist ideal of a Jewish state,” says Miko, “I know how hard it is for many Jews and Palestinians to let go of the dream of having a state that is exclusively ‘our own.’”
During his talk, Miko will be signing copies of his two books: The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine and Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five, available to buy on the day.
Entry to the event, hosted by the Hastings & Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign (HRPSC), is free and there will also be a selection of free refreshments.
HRPSC Chair Katy Colley said: “We’re thrilled to host Miko. This talk will be hugely enlightening to anyone with an interest in Israel/Palestine. Miko has seen this issue from both sides; he has great insight into the history, the state of the occupation today and of how best to move forward for the sake of both Israelis and Palestinians.
“He speaks with real humanity and clarity and we welcome this opportunity to talk about these issues at a crucial time, just when the Netanyahu period looks as if it’s coming to an end.”
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