Miko Peled, author of The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine will be speaking at The Hermitage. Kyrenia on Saturday 21st October 2017 at 7pm.
Miko Peled was born in Jerusalem in 1961 and grew up in Motza Illit to a prominent Zionist family: his grandfather, Avraham Katsnelson, signed Israel’s Declaration of Independence. His father, Mattityahu (Matti) Peled, fought in the 1948 war and served as a general in the war of 1967. Later, after the Israeli cabinet ignored Matti’s investigation of a 1967 alleged Israeli war crime, Mattityahu became a peace activist and leading proponent of an Israeli dialogue with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). He condemned the Israeli military for seizing the West Bank, Gaza, Sinai and the Golan Heights, calling the war a “cynical campaign of territorial expansion”. He was marginalized and shunned for his activism, and call for a two-state solution.
Miko Peled followed his father’s footsteps at first, joining Israel’s Special Forces after high school and earning the red beret. However he soon grew to regret his decision. He surrendered his status as soon as he earned it, becoming a medic, and finally, disgusted by the 1982 Lebanon invasion, he buried his service pin in the dirt.
In 1997, Peled’s 13-year-old niece Smadar was killed in a suicide attack in Jerusalem. This became the starting point for the remarkable personal story of a man who sought justice not through revenge but through understanding.
Peled is the author of a blog click here which is dedicated to creating peace between Israelis and Palestinians, to tearing down Israel’s separation wall and advocating equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians. He is an accomplished public speaker who has lectured throughout the world.
With questions and answers and book signing this is an event not to be missed.
Tickets cost £10 (or equivalent in other currencies). The entry price includes refreshments.
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