US Support of Israel

We'll be discussing US support for Israel, along with Israel-Palestine relations and the recent escalation between Israel and Hamas.

We're very fortunate to have Dotan Harpak speak at the beginning of our event. He will speak for about 15 minutes, and then everyone will take part in a group discussion for the remainder of the evening.

Some more information about our speaker:

Dotan Zebrowitz Harpak has worked as an educator both in Israel & in the US, with a focus on Israeli-American Jewish relations. Since his release from the Israeli Army, he has been highly involved in a variety of Israeli political & social issues. Currently, Dotan is the Director of Education at Congregation Bet Haverim in Atlanta. Since its inception two years ago, Dotan has served as the Chair of J Street Atlanta, the local home for pro-Israel, pro-peace activists in the Atlanta area. J Street was founded to promote meaningful American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israel conflicts peacefully and diplomatically. J Street promotes a new direction for American policy in the Middle East and a broad public and policy debate about the U.S. role in the region.

We're an eclectic group that meets to respectfully exchange ideas about controversial topics.

Our group is more focused on learning and hearing different view points than winning a debate. We try to keep the discussion respectful and encourage devil's advocates. It's a chance to talk with and learn from people you would never meet in your existing circles.

Feel free to post links to interesting articles or just your thoughts in the comments for this event.

There's a $1 charge to help cover the yearly meetup costs, which are $144 / year. This is optional, but appreciated!

We try to start around 7:30, but if you'd like to eat food, please try to get there at 7 to order so the waiters can deliver food before the speaker starts.

About arriving late: no worries! It's nice if we can start on time, but we have people show up an hour late all the time.

Book exchange: bring any books you want to get rid of, and pick up something new! (thanks for the idea, Erin!).  There's also a bulletin board thread for book suggestions.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    There is a Marta station near La Madelaine if that helps.

    December 12, 2012

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    A former member

    Excellent speaker. Liked the format of a speaker w/discussion on the topic. Limiting the time members speak is helpful so everyone gets to open up.

    December 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent Very informatiive

    December 11, 2012

  • Jay W.

    Very educational. Good Presenter.

    December 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a fantastic meeting. Thx to Scott and everyone else who helped to organize this group. It is fantastic!!

    December 11, 2012

  • Jay W.

    Many Arabs believe:
    - Israel is occupying land that is not theirs.
    - Under international law all Jewist settlements are illegal.
    - Israel is a zionist Nasi state, who practices apartheid with Jewish only roads.
    - Israel bulldoze home and evict non-jews and place jews in their homes. Understanding the middle east situation requires that we look at the conflict from all sides. In the USA, often we do not hear of the Arab side of the issues. So, we should exam the demands of the Arabs.

    November 28, 2012

    • bill h.

      To add to Frances' point: talking about 'rights' to believe is somewhat akin to having a talking horse. At the end of the day, it's always about whether it has anything interesting to say. More to the point (and again to build on Frances'), all industrial democracies value free speech because universal participation is acknowledged to be the best way to find truth. And yes, Rachel you were discussing geo-politics in terms of a fairy tale.

      December 5, 2012

    • bill h.

      Indeed, regarding the 'native' population, Americans have lived in a moral quagmire for the last hundred years, or so.

      December 6, 2012

  • Scott D.

    Please keep the comments *overly* respectful and refrain from labeling other arguments as stupid. The meetups are moderated and we do our best to enforce "be nice" rules. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    December 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    One of my son's college classmates was killed by Israeli bulldozers clearing the way for settlement. This is real.

    December 5, 2012

  • Jay W.

    This is a good article, in this issue of National Georgraphic, about how the people of Gaza are forced to live because of Israel's blockade of food and other necessary products.
    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/12/gaza-tunnels/verini-text

    December 4, 2012

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