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Victims:  A New and Innovative Exploration of the Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Samuel M. Edelman
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Course Description

Both Jews and Palestinian Arabs (Moslem and Christian) see themselves as victims. This lecture will explore what it means to be a victim from a variety of social scientific, and literary perspectives and then look at how Israeli Jews (and the Zionist Movement) have dealt with their victimhood as opposed to how Palestinian Arabs deal with their victimhood. We will also explore how the issue of being a victim has impacted the identity of both Jews and Palestinians.

About the Instructor

  • Samuel M. Edelman, Ph.D., is the former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He has served as the executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. He is also an academic fellow for Israel Studies and Zionism at the University of Miami’s Miller Center for Judaic Studies. Dr. Edelman was also co-director and co-founder of the State of California Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights and Tolerance. Edelman is also a frequent lecturer on world affairs issues for the high-end cruise ship industry.