City Club of Eugene: Three Views on US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

Jan 22, 2018

Recorded On: January 19, 2018

Air Date: January 22, 2018

President Trump’s December 2017 announcement to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem rocked the holy city and the world. Today we hear from three speakers that add perspective to the issue.

University of Oregon professor Deborah Green was there to observe firsthand the reactions of the residents and visitors in Jerusalem. From the conversation on the streets to the widespread international stir, this US policy change has far-reaching repercussions. Joined by Shaul Cohen and Ibrahim Hamide, Green helps explore the pros and cons of the President’s decision, and analyzes the political implications for Israel, Palestine and the United States.

Speaker Biographies:

Shaul Cohen is an Associate Professor in the University of Oregon Department of Geography. He is Co-Director of UO’s Peace Study Program and a Global Ethics Fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He has focused on issues in Jerusalem and the West Bank, including the politics of planning, territorial control, and issues of place and identity. He is a former consultant on Jerusalem and the West Bank for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Ibrahim Hamide, a Palestinian, was born and raised in Bethlehem. He moved to the United States in 1969. Ibrahim is an activist, chef and owner of Café Soriah in Eugene. He has helped create dialogue between Israelis, Palestinians, Jews and Muslims.

Deborah Green is the Greenberg Associate Professor, Hebrew Language & Literature in the University of Oregon’s Department of Religious Studies. Professor Green has spent a great deal of time in Jerusalem and was living in Jerusalem at the time of President Trump’s recent announcement. She has talked with many people about their reactions and concerns.

Program Coordinator:  Joel Korin

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