On Jan 8 the Law School at TAU will be conducting a conference dedicated to the proposition that jailed Arab murderers and terrorists who have perpetrated mass atrocities against Jewish civilians are "political prisoners". Co-sponsored by the Law School, the "Minerva Center" (a far-leftist group pretending to be a human rights watchdog), and "Adalah", a radical Arab NGO, the conference is titled "Security Prisoners or Political Prisoners?" and the answer that the conference will give to that question is obvious from the roster of speakers. It includes ultra-leftist Anat Matar (arrested a few months ago for violently assaulting police protecting Israel's security wall) , Avigdor Feldman, and others. They will be arguing that the best way to improve Israeli security is to put hundreds of murderers and terrorists back on the streets.
The following are speakers in this event:
Maya Rosenfeld http://www.njjewishnews.com/njjn.com/042006/pmbHebrewUProf.html
Avigdor Feldman http://www.hamoked.org.il/items/3828_eng.pdf
Alon Harel: 2005 / 04 / 19
Naturally , I agree that Palestinian refugees are indeed the partners for peace. The issue is what the nature of this peace is. This is the real controversy which cuts across both Jews and Palestinians. There are many Palestinians who share the view that (at least as a first step) the idea of a one state solution is not also unfeasible but also undesirable because it is like to be too vulnerable. There are of course some Israeli Jews (although admittedly not many) who share the vision of a one state solution. This is an important debate but if it was up to me the left (whatever its vision is) should concentrate on ending the occupation.
Anat Matar http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?ItemID=3687