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Date: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Location: UO Academic Extension at Baker Center, 975 High Street, Eugene
Parking: Free on-site as available
Cost: $5 for non-members. City Club members free.
Lunch: For purchase

Speakers: Shaul Cohen, University of Oregon Associate Professor of Geography
Ibrahim Hamide,activist, chef, and restaurateur
Deborah Green, University of Oregon Associate Professor of Hebrew Language & Literature, Department of Religious Studies

Program Coordinator: Joel Korin

Jerusalem is a holy city to three religions, stirring emotions and even passions among many. President Trump’s recent announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his plan to move the US embassy there has caused widespread international condemnation and demonstrations in the Middle East. Our program will present the pros and cons of the decision, and analyze the political implications for Israel, Palestine and the United States. We will also hear what it was like to be in Jerusalem at the time of the announcement and the reaction of the citizens of the city. Please join us for this exciting discussion.

Speaker Biographies:

Shaul Cohen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography. He is Co-Director of UO’s Peace Study Program and a Global Ethics Fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He has focused on issues in Jerusalem and the West Bank, concentrating on the politics of planning, territorial control, and issues of place and identity. He earned his Masters and PhD from University of Chicago, and was a Truman Peace Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and was a consultant on Jerusalem and the West Bank for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Ibrahim Hamide, a Palestinian, was born and raised in Bethlehem. Ib has always been passionate about the cuisine world. In 1969, he moved to America to embark on a new way of life and pursue a higher education in psychology and marketing at the University of Oregon. Ib is an activist, chef and owner of Café Soriah, and has helped create dialogue between Israelis, Palestinians, Jews and Muslims.

Deborah Green is the Greenberg Associate Professor, Hebrew Language & Literature in the Department of Religious Studies. She earned her Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago after earning a B.A. from Brandeis University. Professor Green’s interests lie in the history, literature, and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible. She has spent a great deal of time in Jerusalem in pursuit of her studies and was living in Jerusalem at the time of President Trump’s recent announcement. She has talked with many people about their reactions and concerns.

First Questioner Biography:

Jack Dresser is the national vice-chair of the Veterans for Peace working group on Palestine and the Middle East and co-director of the Al-Nakba Awareness Project which also promotes peace in the middle east.