[GVCP] Save the Date–Keys to Peace in Palestine Wednesday 9/14/16

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*****ANNOUNCEMENT *********
 
JUSTICE AND FREEDOM: KEYS TO PEACE IN PALESTINE

 

            MR. MIKO PELED

 

           WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2016  7:00 PM

            SUNY GENESEO CAMPUS NEWTON HALL 204

Free and open to the public

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Dear GVCP Member,
 
Internationally known speaker Miko Peled is the son of a famous Israeli war hero and peace activist, General Mattityahu Peled.  Miko Peled is the author of the book: "The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine." See  <https://mikopeled.com/> and <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miko_Peled>

Mr. Peled is an outspoken critic of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, and speaks from his experience growing up in Israel, and his service in Israel’s Special Forces.  As was his father before him, he is quite critical of the Israeli land seizures that followed the 1967 Six Day War.
 
Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order Number 157, which penalizes public and private organizations in New York for their participation in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.  The BDS campaign supports basic human rights for Palestinians living under occupation by the government of Israel.  Executive Order Number 157 penalizes either the direct engagement in, or the promotion of, any activity that limits commercial relations with Israel.
 
This executive order threatens free speech and academic freedom. It could be used to penalize any member of the SUNY Geneseo community for merely promoting BDS as a legitimate political response. We feel that SUNY Geneseo is a place where open discussion and debate of vital issues should be fostered, not stifled. The speaker, Miko Peled, promotes and supports BDS activities.
 
Don’t miss this important event!
 
Sincerely,

Arnie Matlin for GVCP

Note:  This announcement is a modified (with permission) version of an e-mail from Prof. James Swarts.  For more information, write to one of these three organizers:  

Anthony J. Macula, Mathematics Department, macula@geneseo.edu
James Swarts, History Department, swarts@geneseo.edu
Dana Carmeli, Student, dc21@geneseo.edu

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