Israeli peace activist Miko Peled to speak at Stellenbosch on 11 March 2014

Please join us for a very special discussion with Miko Peled, an Israeli peace activist, author and international speaker on Tuesday 11 March.

Breyten Breytenbach, the well-known Afrikaans poet, painter and committed opponent of apartheid will open the event.

PSC Stellenbosch will host this talk on the Palestine-Israeli issue in cooperation with theology students linked to Kairos SA. We hope it will on the one hand raise the awareness of the scale and depth of Israel’s violations of human rights, and on the other hand reminds us that there is still hope for human dignity for both the oppressor and the oppressed.    


The title of Peled’s talk is:   “Journey of an Israeli in Palestine”

Date:               Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Time:               13:00 – 14:30

Place:              Chapel of the Faculty of Theology, 171 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch 

In her foreword to Peled’s book, Alice Walker said: “There are few books on the Israel/Palestine issue that seem as hopeful to me as this one.”


Born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a well known Zionist family, Peled’s grandfather was a Zionist leader and signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father was a young officer in the war of 1948 and a general and a war hero in 1967 when Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and Sinai.

When in 1997 his beloved niece was killed in a suicide attack, politics turned personal. At the time, Peled already lived in the USA. In trying to deal with the tragedy and his own identity he joined a dialogue group where he (for the first time ever) met Palestinians on an equal foot. This was the start of his new journey. At the heart of Peled’s conclusion lies the realization that Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace as equals in their shared homeland.



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