Working for Peace and Democracy in the Middle East

On Thursday, March 27 at 8:00 pm (PAC 002) J- St, a national group with a Wes affiliate working to go beyond entrenched dichotomies in the Middle East, is sponsoring an important program. Nizar Farsakh speaking about his experience growing up in the West Bank and how he came to believe in working with Israelis to end the occupation and to achieve a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  The lecture will be followed by a Q and A session.

Nizar Farsakh is Program Director for Civil Society Partnerships at POMED, the Project on Middle East Democracy. Before joining POMED, he was the General Director of the General Delegation of the PLO to the US for two years. Nizar has ten years of experience working in Palestine first as a research assistant in an NGO in Bethlehem and then as the Policy Advisor to Palestinian negotiators on border-related issues from 2003 to 2008. In his last year in Ramallah he was seconded to the Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Nizar is also a leadership trainer focusing on public narrative, community organizing and adaptive leadership and is affiliated with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

At a time of increasing international tension, it will be good to hear from someone who believes in the possibilities for substantial change through peaceful, intense political practice.