Renowned Israeli author Gideon Levy to speak in Canada

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Montreal, October 20, 2014  — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is delighted to announce the imminent lecture tour of renowned Israeli author and journalist Gideon Levy. The title of the lectures is “The Israel-Palestine Conflict: How will it end?” Levy—who has written for the Israeli daily Haaretz since 1982, and is a member of its editorial board—will focus on Israelis’ and Palestinians’ respective attitudes to the conflict, and how such attitudes are shaping the conflict’s evolution, duration and outcome.

“Game-changing recent developments—such as decisions by the Swedish government and the British Parliament to recognize a Palestinian state—make this incisive analyst’s assessment of the viability of various options all the more timely,” says CJPME President Thomas Woodley. Levy has recently reconsidered his long-time support for the “two-state solution” and his opposition to the boycott of Israel. Nonetheless, he considers himself an Israeli patriot, and refuses to be intimidated by extremist opponents.

Mr. Levy is the author of two books available in Canada: Twilight Zone – Life and Death under the Israeli Occupation. 1988–2003 (2004) and The Punishment of Gaza (2010). Levy was the recipient of the Euro-Med Journalist Prize in 2008, the Leipzig Freedom Prize in 2001, the Israeli Journalists’ Union Prize in 1997, and The Association of Human Rights in Israel Award for 1996.

The lectures will take place as follows:

Sun., Nov. 2

Montreal

Concordia University, Alumni Auditorium, Hall Bldg.

Tues., Nov. 4

Ottawa

U of O, Marion Hall

Wed., Nov. 5

Toronto

U of T, OISE Auditorium

(Cosponsored by U of T Dept. of Near and Middle East Civilisations)

Thu., Nov. 6

Hamilton

Centenary United Church

Fri., Nov. 7

Edmonton

Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC), Room E1 001, U. of Alberta

(Cosponsored by U of A Dept. of Political Science)

Sat., Nov. 8

Calgary

John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Central  Library

Professional journalists wishing to interview Mr. Levy or cover any of the lectures should contact Patricia Jean, at 438 380 5410 (patricia.jean@cjpme.org ).

About CJPME – Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is a non-profit and secular organization bringing together men and women of all backgrounds who labour to see justice and peace take root again in the Middle East. Its mission is to empower decision-makers to view all sides with fairness and to promote the equitable and sustainable development of the region.

For more information, please contact Patricia Jean, 438 380 5410
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East www.cjpme.org

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