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Crown Center conference to mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a landmark document that called for the establishment of a “national home for Jewish people” in Palestine on Nov. 2, 1917, the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis has organized a half-day conference.

“Looking Back, Looking Forward: 100 Years of the Arab-Israeli Conflict” will bring together leading Israeli, Arab and American scholars and public figures to assess the past and discuss the future for both Israel and Palestine.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10 in Schwartz Auditorium on the Brandeis campus. Livestreaming will be available.

“We are delighted to convene a meeting of thought leaders from the region to review the last 100 years of the Arab-Israeli conflict and look ahead to the future,” says Shai Feldman, Judy and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center. “Not only does 2017 mark 100 years since the British government issued the Balfour Declaration, but it is also 70 years since the United Nations adopted Resolution 181 calling for the partitioning of Palestine into two states (one Jewish, one Arab) and 50 years since the Six-Day War.”

Conference speakers include:

-- Salam Fayyad, former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority
-- Brandeis President Emeritus Jehuda Reinharz, PhD’72, the Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History
-- George Bisharat, professor at Hastings College of Law, University of California, San Francisco
-- Asher Susser, professor at Tel Aviv University
-- Martin Kramer, founding president of Shalem College in Jerusalem and visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
-- Abdel Monem Said Aly, chair of Al-Masry Al-Youm, a leading Arabic language daily newspaper in Egypt, and senior fellow at the Crown Center

Co-sponsors include Tufts University’s Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, the University of Arizona’s Center for Judaic Studies, and UCLA’s Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.

A light Middle Eastern lunch will be served. 

For more information, visit the Crown Center website.
Categories: Events, Campus News
Date: July 26, 2017