Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Student Activisms: Cambridge Hosts Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue Event

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Student Activisms: Cambridge Hosts Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue Event

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King's College, Cambridge, UK, played host Feb. 8 to a Jewish-Palestinian dialogue, attracting students, university staff and members of the public alike.

The event, attended by almost 50 people, was jointly organized by the Cambridge-based group Kolot Shalom (Voices of Peace) and the Cambridge University Palestine Society (CUPal), and chaired by Kolot Shalom's David Bilchitz and Samira Barakat, president of CUPal.

After introductory remarks by Bilchitz and Barakat, four scheduled speakers spoke briefly on what Israel/Palestine means to them. From the Jewish perspective, the group heard from Cambridge student Miriam Feldmann and Amir Paz-Fuchs, an Israeli currently working on a D.Phil, in law at Oxford University.

The first Palestinian speaker was Anas AlHroub, who is from the Bethlehem area, and currently studying for a Ph.D. in special education. The other speaker was Barakat herself, who, being half-Palestinian, has strong family ties with the occupied territories. She is earning a Ph.D. in physics.

After the panelists finished speaking, the participants broke into four smaller groups, each with a facilitator present to provide some shape to the discussion and to ensure exchanges remained respectful. The groups covered a wide range of issues, from each person's particular interest in the conflict, to specific issues like the Wall, and what a future solution should look like.

After more than an hour of discussions, the participants reassembled for closing remarks. …

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