Event Title

Embracing Israel/Palestine - A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East

Speaker

Michael Lerner

Streaming Media

Description

Rabbi Lerner will examine how the mutual demonization and discounting of each side's legitimate needs drives the antagonism and explore the underlying psychological dynamics fueling the seeming intransigence on both sides. He argues that additional peace talks would be "virtually pointless" unless they are preceded and accompanied by a sustained campaign to change the way each side demeans and dehumanizes the other. Lerner's approach focuses on the pernicious effects of post-traumatic stress among Israelis and Palestinians. He takes inspiration from past movements to change public consciousness and argues that a fundamental transformation in consciousness is needed. How can we in the West help shape a global transformation in consciousness (and changes in foreign and domestic policies) that is needed to provide security, justice, and mutual compassion necessary for a lasting peace?

About the Lecturer: Michael Lerner, Rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue in Berkeley; Editor of Tikkun, a Jewish magazine, Chair of the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives

Document Type

Event

Start Date

11-4-2012 12:00 PM

End Date

11-4-2012 1:15 PM

Location

Fairhaven College Auditorium

Resource Type

Moving image

Title of Series

World Issues Forum

Genre/Form

lectures

Contributing Repository

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Keywords

Israel/Palestine, Middle East peace talks

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Language

English

Format

video/mp4

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Apr 11th, 12:00 PM Apr 11th, 1:15 PM

Embracing Israel/Palestine - A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East

Fairhaven College Auditorium

Rabbi Lerner will examine how the mutual demonization and discounting of each side's legitimate needs drives the antagonism and explore the underlying psychological dynamics fueling the seeming intransigence on both sides. He argues that additional peace talks would be "virtually pointless" unless they are preceded and accompanied by a sustained campaign to change the way each side demeans and dehumanizes the other. Lerner's approach focuses on the pernicious effects of post-traumatic stress among Israelis and Palestinians. He takes inspiration from past movements to change public consciousness and argues that a fundamental transformation in consciousness is needed. How can we in the West help shape a global transformation in consciousness (and changes in foreign and domestic policies) that is needed to provide security, justice, and mutual compassion necessary for a lasting peace?

About the Lecturer: Michael Lerner, Rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue in Berkeley; Editor of Tikkun, a Jewish magazine, Chair of the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives