Prospects for peace in Israel and Palestine will be the focus of the Difficult Dialogues program at UM-Dearborn March 6

February 29, 2008

DEARBORN / Feb. 29, 2008---The prospects for peace in Israel and Palestine will be the focus of a program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 in Room 1011 of the campus’s Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems Building.

The program will feature a dialogue between Gershon Baskin, founder of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), and Hanna Siniora, co-CEO of the center.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of UM-Dearborn’s Difficult Dialogues Initiative. The program is co-sponsored by UM-Dearborn, Brit Tzedek v ‘Shalom: The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, and IPCRI.

“This dialogue is part of a process that seeks to create and develop new concepts and ideas that enrich the political and public discourse regarding Palestine and Israel in order to influence decision makers and to challenge the current political reality,” according to William McNeece, faculty associate of the Center for Study of Religion and Society at UM-Dearborn.

Baskin has a long history of participation on the Israeli side of negotiations with the Palestinians, and has published books and hundreds of articles in the Hebrew, English and Arabic press on a range of topics related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Siniora, who has a long history of participation on the Palestinian side, has been a member of the Palestinian National Council since 1990. He also is the founder and publisher of the Jerusalem Times, a weekly English-language Palestinian paper.

For more information about the March 6 event, contact McNeece at 313-593-5359 or or Prof. Claude Jacobs at 313-583-6368 or


The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers’ views.




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