Overwhelmed by Argument:
The Conversation I Want to Have Now
Convened by Josh Kornbluth
2 evenings: Wednesday Aug. 13 & 20th, 7:30pm-9pm
Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley
Class fee: $20 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Registration is required – please register
with Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We care, and because we care, we despair. Will there be any outcome for Israelis and Palestinians, for Israel and Palestine, in which both Peoples are acknowledged and respected? Where one group's national aspirations are not deemed unworthy? This is the conversation Josh wants to have, the conversation we believe we need. We need is as Jews. We need it as people. We need it as one People among many Peoples. Will there ever be a solution? We don't know. We worry. Everyone suffers when some suffer. And so someone who cares is convening a loving, respectful conversation with a very clear mandate: More hope, More dignity, More love.
Here are the rules for the conversation Josh invites us to share:
1) If your position is that Israel should cease to exist as the Jewish Homeland, that is not the conversation we are going to have.
2) If you believe Jews are better than Palestinians, that is not the conversation we are going to have.
3) If you believe that only Jews have the right to a state, that is not the conversation we are going to have.
4) If you believe Israel's concerns about security are imagined, that is not the conversation we are going to have.
The jumping-off-point for our conversations will be these two books:
The Crisis of Zionism, by Peter Beinart
My Promised Land, by Ari Shavit