October 9, 2012
This talk was given by Miko Peled in Seattle October 1, 2012. Peled is the son of an Israeli General and Israeli peace activist and author of the book, ‘The General’s Son:Journey of an Israeli in Palestine’.
Miko Peled is dedicated to tearing down the separation wall in Israel and transforming the Israeli apartheid system into a secular democracy, where Israelis and Palestinians will live as equal citizens.
Peled staunchly believes the State of Israel today is governed in a way that cannot be sustained, where the two nations it governs, Israelis and Palestinians are used and abused and it is a state of affairs that should not be tolerated: Half of the population is governed by a radical Zionist regime that sees the struggle for control over the land as a zero sum game, and the other half of the population is governed by the security forces of this Zionist regime; one nation ruling over another while controlling of the land and its resources. It is a reality where half of the population lives in what it thinks is a Western democracy while keeping the other half imprisoned by a ruthless defense apparatus that is becoming more violent by the day.
As the son of an Israeli General and a staunch Zionist I came to these realizations and wrote a book about it. Realizing that your side of the story is not the only side to the story, and then accepting rather than fighting this realization – that is an interesting journey.