The Jerusalem Post reports that a second incident of its kind has occurred, as a meeting of Palestine-Israel Journal, a non-profit organization founded in 1994 by Ziad Abu Zayyad and Victor Cygielman, two prominent Palestinian and Israeli journalists. The subject was to be the “Arab Spring’s impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
The Palestine- Israel Journal states on its web site:
[A]longside the institutional efforts of Palestinians and Israelis, channels of communication must be opened for academics and other intellectuals, opinion and policy makers, grassroots organizations and activists to voice their views and take part in the public debate for a democratic and just solution to the conflict.Al Quds University President Sari Nusseibeh, in an article published in the Palestinian daily Al Quds, regarding the previous cancellation of the conference by the Israeli Palestinian Confederation, indicated that those who resorted to violence caused damage to the Palestinian leadership by making it appear as if it’s not interested in peace. As translated in the Post article, he said:
I believe that this is one of the diseases that harms our general political situation. We are being exposed to this [disease] by those who claim that they are educated, but are ignorant.All I can say in response to Mr. Nusseibeh is that, here, appearance IS reality. The evidence is in the actions, not the fast food of words designed for Western consumption.
(Tip to EoZ)