Ending the Cycle of Violence in Israel-Palestine

Mubarak Awad and Michael Beer discuss their work with Nonviolence International and hybrid sessions on “Ending the Cycle of Violence in Israel / Palestine” led by Mubarak and Radio Active Magazine regular Spencer Graves May 4 (Saturday), 2-4 PM and May 5 (Sunday), 9:30 – 10:30 AM with in-person participation at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St., KCMO, and virtual via the “Forum” YouTube Channel, at AllSoulsKC.org; that’s the second YouTube channel on that website. 

Mubarak and Beer are Founder and Director, respectively, of Nonviolence International, which is a global network of resource centers supporting nonviolent approaches to conflict. Michael Beer is a global activist for human rights. Mubarak was born in Jerusalem in 1943. He got bachelors, masters, and PhD degrees plus citizenship in the US, then returned to Israel in 1983 to found the Palestinian Centre for the Study of Nonviolence. That Centre helped inspire the nonviolence of the First Intifada (1987-1993), which did more to convince Israeli voters that they could live in peace with Palestinians than anything else Palestinians have done since the Balfour Declaration of 1917. That shift in Israeli public opinion encouraged Yitzhak Rabin to run for Prime Minister of Israel on a platform of negotiating with Palestinians. After Rabin became Prime Minister, subsequent negotiations produced the Oslo Accords and the current State of Palestine. However, Israel also expelled 481 leaders of the nonviolence, including Mubarak, and arrested between 57,000 and 120,000 others, after which Israel got a resurgence of Palestinian violence that has been used for the past 30 years to justify ever increasing repression of Palestinians, including detention without trial, and destruction and confiscation of Palestinian property and even murder by Israeli military and settlers with impunity.

Mubarak returned to the US after expulsion from Israel / Palestine, and proceeded to found Nonviolence International in 1989.

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