Friday, November 30, 2007

Middle East Peace: Missed Opportunities?

From TVO, Canada's largest educational public broadcaster, comes a provocative debate on if we've let peace slip through our fingers for the Middle East moderated by one of Canada's most respected journalists Steve Paikin.

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Runs approx 60 minutes 90 years ago: the Balfour Declaration. 60 years ago: Resolution 181. 40 years ago: the Six Day War. What if these anniversaries were markers of optimism? What if Jew and Arab had grasped opportunities ... instead of wasting them? What if history had unfolded differently?

Amir Gissin is the consul general of Israel in Toronto. Most recently, Mr. Gissin served as director of the Public Affairs Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he coordinated public relations policy and activities in Israeli missions worldwide. For three years, he headed Israel’s branding project.

Hanadi Loubani is a producer with She also has been involved with Kairos, a social-justice advocacy organization, as their program coordinator for Middle East Partnerships.

Derek Penslar is director of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Toronto. His areas of expertise include Jewish political, economic and cultural life in modern Europe, the history of the Zionist movement, and the state of Israel.

Samah Sabawi is the executive director of the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations.

Janice Stein is TVO's international affairs analyst, the Belzberg professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and the director of the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto.

Elia Zureik is professor emeritus of Sociology at Queen's University. He is the author of The Palestinians in Israel: A Study of Internal Colonialism (1979) and Palestinian Refugees and the Peace Process (1996). Professor Zureik has also provided expert testimony on the Middle East to United Nations agencies, the Canadian Senate, and several other organizations.

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