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Compassion and cooperation

Posted by jonathanhuberman on September 27, 2011 @ 11:17 am

This piece was featured in the Columbia Spectator on Tuesday, September 27, 2011.  It was written by Jonathan Huberman, LionPAC Director of Public Relations.

Despite the seeming intransigence of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, two ingredients, compassion and cooperation, have the potential to bring peace. At the United Nations this past week though, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas showed little interest in compassion or cooperation. In the Middle East and here at Columbia, these two values have been greatly lacking.

Peace requires compassion for your counterpart and a willingness to cooperate. In this regard, Palestinians and Israelis need to recognize the legitimacy of each other’s national narratives. After accepting that each group deserves its own country, Palestinians and Israelis need to work together to create a framework for the two societies to live together side by side.

Abbas’s gambit at the U.N. has delayed the prospects of peace by sidestepping this necessary cooperation, adding an unsurprising yet disappointing chapter to his history of circumventing negotiations. In 2010, Israel halted all construction in the West Bank for 10 months, yet still Abbas refused to come to the table. Since 2000, two Israeli prime ministers have offered to relinquish over 90 percent of the West Bank in exchange for peace. These actions show Israel’s enthusiasm for coexistence, and it is time for Palestinian leaders to show a similar eagerness. Instead of making excuses and demanding preconditions for negotiations, Abbas should show the perseverance and persistence that are necessary for talks to succeed.

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DEADLINE: AIPAC Policy Conference Scholarship Fund

Posted by michaelshapiro on March 14, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

Courtesy: AIPAC

LionPAC recently launched our AIPAC Policy Conference Scholarship Fund in order to offset the cost of sending YOU to AIPAC’s Policy Conference.  Policy Conference is the largest gathering of pro-Israel leaders in the country, bringing together policy makers (including more than half of the Senate and a third of the House of Representatives to name a few), community and student leaders, and more. Past speakers include Benjamin Netanyahu, Michael Oren, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Alan Dershowitz, and many more world leaders and experts. Prime Minister Netanyahu is already confirmed to speak at this year’s Policy Conference. The dates of this year’s Policy Conference is May 22-24 in Washington, D.C. For more information on the conference please see: http://www.aipac.org/pc/

To apply for subsidization you must apply here: http://bit.ly/PCSFApplication. All students will be eligible to apply and no prioritization will be given to LionPAC board members, our friends, etc. Therefore, I’d really like to encourage everyone to apply.

The deadline for applications is this Friday, March 18. If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to email lionpac@hillel.columbia.edu.


Revolution in Egypt: Farewell Peace, or Welcome Democracy?

Posted by tamararoth on March 6, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

“Egypt is free!” shouted thousands of elated protesters, who took the streets of Cairo upon hearing that President Hosni Mubarak had resigned after 30 years of rule. Protesters hope that Mubarak’s resignation will pave the way to making Egypt into a true democracy.

Will Egypt succeed? The Egyptian military council presently has control over Egypt, and, along with Israel, Egypt has affirmed its support for the Israel-Egyptian peace. However, when the military steps down, who will fill the power void? Moreover, what does this mean for Israel, whose peace with Egypt for the last 30 years was dependent upon Mubarak’s support?

Political pundit Jonathan Schanzer sees three possible outcomes for Egypt’s government: a new dictatorship, the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood, or a successful democracy.

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