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Stillwater Critical Thinking Club

Title: Israel: colonial invasion, or national return?
Zionists describe the creation of the state of Israel as a return of the Jewish nation to its ancient homeland. Palestinians describe it as a colonial invasion by Europeans. In either case, it has involved the (on-going) displacement of much of the local population, or their suppression to second-class or non-existent citizenship. Is such displacement and suppression justifiable? If so, on what grounds? Is a state that privileges Jews sustainable in the long run? What about states (like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan) that privilege Muslims? Should (d0) Europe and the U.S.A. privilege Christians? Are multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, and multi-religious states (like Lebanon and the U.S.A.) sustainable? Historical roots, current realities, and future possibilities.

Bio: Rev. David Smith, Catholic Priest and retired professor of theology, was founding director of the Justice and Peace Studies program at the University of St. Thomas. He first visited Israel in 1968 when he was a graduate student in Rome, and studied in Jerusalem at the Ecole Biblique for two years in the mid 1970s. He was a member of a Michigan Peace Team of third-party nonviolent peacemakers in Gaza in the summer of 2005 and in the West Bank for three months in the fall of 2007. He is co-author of the book Understanding World Religions: A Road Map for Justice and Peace (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007–currently under revision for a second edition) which studies the ways various world religions interact to support or interfere with justice and peace, with Israel-Palestine as a case study. He has traveled extensively worldwide to study poverty, justice, and peace.

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  • William K. D.

    Very interesting meeting. You may find this program on Our World in Depth of interest: http://blip.tv/our-world-in-depth/anarchists-against-the-wall-4828242

    June 12, 2013

  • Lee S.

    Excellent

    June 11, 2013

  • Ruth J.

    No guests.

    June 9, 2013

  • Pantalooga M.

    am always ready to think

    June 7, 2013

  • Pantalooga M.

    am a student of university of ghana who is interested in making research all the time but my county is always political issues so i have to join a critical thinkers group in other to be a good itellactual.

    June 7, 2013

  • Robert K.

    I hope this will not be an anti-Israeli rant. I come to critical thinking meetings to think critically about the issues from all sides of ideology with, if I am lucky, a speaker who sets there own bias aside, and helps us think objectively about an issue.

    June 5, 2013

  • Dan T. O.

    As an Irish-American , Ireland is embedded in my DNA . Like so many salmon ,we search for the starting and stopping places of our grand and great grandparents . For the Irish our diaspora lasted 600 years . For the Jews it's been over 4,000 years . I look forward to the discussion .

    June 4, 2013

  • Dan T. O.

    As an Irish-American , Ireland is embedded in my DNA . Like so many salmon ,we search for the starting and stopping places of our grand and great grandparents . For the Irish our diaspora lasted 600 years . For the Jews it's been over 4,000 years . I look forward to the discussion .

    June 4, 2013

  • Dan T. O.

    As an Irish-American , Ireland is embedded in my DNA . Like so many salmon ,we search for the starting and stopping places of our grand and great grandparents . For the Irish our diaspora lasted 600 years . For the Jews it's been over 4,000 years . I look forward to the discussion .

    June 4, 2013

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