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15. Creating an Effective Middle East Peace Movement through Building Community

The impressive unity by Jewish and Muslim organizations in the face of Islamophobic and anti-Semitic attacks and Trump administration policies provides hope that a broad-based movement challenging U.S. Middle East policy could emerge, even in regard to traditionally divisive issues like Israel/Palestine. This workshop will look at the importance of challenging ethnic and religious prejudice in building and effective peace and justice movement against the administration's dangerous militarism towards the region. There will be a critical examination of the role of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and anti-Arab racism as motivators for U.S. policy, its function in Western societies, and how it manifests within the peace movement, as well as ways of discerning real and false accusations of “anti-Semitism” within the pro-Palestinian movement.  

Stephen Zunes is a professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco and a long-time peace activist.


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