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PCV Speaker Series: Parallel Narratives Never Meet: History of the Arab-Jewish Conflict in Palestine/Israel


Thu 02 / 16 / 2023
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Potomac Community Center
11315 Falls Road
Potomac MD 20854

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Open to all

Limited capacity: Registration Closed


Free, but donations appreciated to allow us to continue to offer these free programs. Click on "Donate for this Event" below.
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  PCV Speaker Series. Free and open to all. 
Parallel Narratives Never Meet: History of the Arab-Jewish Conflict in Palestine/Israel
Our speaker, Ira Weiss will speak on Parallel Narratives Never Meet: History of the Arab-Jewish Conflict in Palestine/Israel.

Palestinians and Israelis each have a national narrative in which the Arab-Jewish conflict plays a critical part.  These narratives are the histories that are taught in the schools and reflected in the media, literature, art, and personal discourse in the two societies.  The two narratives are dramatically different in content, yet each is understood to be the whole truth by most people in each society.  We will talk about how that history is depicted in the Israeli and in Palestinian narratives.  The talk will be augmented by slides and followed by a spirited group discussion. 



Ira Weiss, Ph.D., is a retired neurophysiologist.  He grew up on the lower east side of New York City where he studied in an orthodox yeshiva.  He then attended MIT, The City College of New York and Syracuse University.  For the last 20 years, he has been actively involved in programs and organizations that address the issues raised by the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.  In 2001, Ira helped found and run an NGO called  Projects Encounter which, for four years, brought Palestinian and Israeli high school students to Spain for summer coexistence workshops.   He now serves on the Board of Directors of New Story Leadership which brings promising Palestinian and Israeli young adults to Washington DC for coexistence and leadership training.   Starting in 2005, Ira spent several years researching the Palestinian and Israeli narratives of the history of the Arab-Jewish conflict. 


Admission is free, but we welcome your support with a donation at any level to help us continue to offer free programs to our wider community. 


PLEASE NOTENow that it is so easy to get a COVID booster, we ask that all attendees be fully vaccinated, including the most recent booster for which you are eligible. Also please consider testing prior to attending.  Feel free to wear a mask.