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Where: Santa Fe Preparatory School
Title: The Conundrum of Israel and Palestine
Lecturer: Dr. Charles D. Smith
Israel continues to generate hostility within the Muslim World. The unresolved relationship between Israelis and the Palestinians living within Israel’s expanded borders often captures the headlines, but it is only one aspect of the much broader Arab and Muslim reaction to Israeli policies. The purpose of this lecture is both to spell out the direct points of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and to consider how these persistent differences impact and influence other nations within and outside of the Middle East.
Charles Smith is a specialist in modern Middle East history in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1994. A former Fulbright Scholar to Egypt, he was a research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1982. He is the former president of the American Research Center in Egypt, 1996-1999 and is currently a member of the executive board of the Palestinian-American Research Center. Professor Smith is the author of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 1988), now in its sixth edition. The seventh edition will appear in 2009.