The project of Jewish national life in the land of Israel has, from its origins, struggled with the fact that it is the homeland of two peoples, that Jewish heritage clashes with the Palestinian daily life of generations. Too often, attempts to resolve this struggle assume a zero-sum game that pits Jews and Palestinians against each other. The occupation is one of the results. Emor asks: What if a new approach were possible? Through delving into both peoples’ history, Jewish religious sources, early Zionist writings, and the chronicles of American and other international engagement, we seek to imagine new paradigms. We believe there are ways for Israelis and Palestinians both to have their human rights guaranteed and for multiple peoples’ religious and national commitments to be honored. Join us to explore and imagine.
Professor Julie Cooper, Senior Lecturer in the Political Science Department at Tel Aviv University, will explore how a historical lens can widen our perspective on Zionism today.