[act-ma] March 27: Ford Hall Forum presents "The Arab-Israeli Conflict" with Daniel Pipes & Amy Dockser Marcus

Mary Curtin marycurtin at comcast.net
Mon Mar 3 16:59:41 PST 2008

U.S. Foreign Policy: Middle East
March 2008
Ford Hall Forum Media Contact: Mary Curtin, 617-241-9664, 617-470-5867
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Ford Hall Forum Director: Alex Minier, 617-557-2007,
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[Daniel Pipes & Amy Dockser Marcus are available for phone interviews]
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Ford Hall Forum
The Arab-Israeli Conflict: 
Peace Process or War Process?

Daniel Pipes & Amy Dockser Marcus

moderated by
Jeff Jacoby
Boston Globe columnist

Thursday, March 27, at 6:30-8:00 pm
at the 
Old South Meeting House

(Boston, MA) Ford Hall Forum presents “The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Peace
Process or War Process?” with Daniel Pipes & Amy Dockser Marcus; moderated
by Jeff Jacoby. Thursday, March 27, at 6:30-8:00 pm. Followed by an open
discussion and book signing. Admission is free and open to all. Old South
Meeting House, 310 Washington Street (corner of Milk St.), Boston, MA.
Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the State St. and
Downtown Crossing stops on the MBTA. For more information, call the Ford
Hall Forum at 617-557-2007 or visit www.fordhallforum.org.

The Arab-Israeli conflict is century old and still not resolved. The dispute
between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs over the same land –- land that
contains holy sites for the three major monotheistic religions: Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam –- is bitter and deep. What is the nature of current
tensions? What are their implications for U.S. policy? Pulitzer
Prize-winning Wall Street Journal reporter Amy Dockser Marcus and Dr. Daniel
Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum and a columnist for the New York
Times Syndicate, will focus on United States diplomacy in this conflict,
debating whether it has been part of a peace process or a war process.

Background information:

Amy Dockser Marcus is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. She was based
in Israel as the Journal’s Middle East correspondent from 1991 to 1998, and
her work there was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in international
reporting. Her first book, The View from Nebo was named one of the top
nonfiction books for the year by the Los Angeles Times. She was awarded the
2005 Pulitzer for Beat Reporting for her coverage of the physical, monetary,
and emotional costs of cancer. She lives in Massachusetts.

Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and a prize-winning
columnist who writes for the New York Times Syndicate. His website,
DanielPipes.org, is one of the most accessed internet sources of specialized
information on the Middle East and Islam. Pipes frequently discusses current
issues on television, appearing on such U.S. programs as ABC World News,
Crossfire, Good Morning America, News-Hour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline,
O'Reilly Factor, and The Today Show. He has appeared on leading television
networks around the globe, including the BBC and Al-Jazeera, and has
lectured in twenty-five countries. Pipes has published in such magazines as
the Atlantic Monthly, Commentary, Foreign Affairs, Harper's, National
Review, New Republic, Time, and The Weekly Standard. More than a hundred
American newspapers have carried his articles, including the Los Angeles
Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. His
writings have been translated into thirty-one languages and have appeared in
such newspapers as ABC, Corriere della Sera, The Daily Telegraph, Le Figaro,
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Die Welt. His articles
are also found on hundreds of websites.

Jeff Jacoby is a columnist for the Boston Globe. Some of his recent columns
can be accessed at

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The Forum began in 1908 as a series of Sunday evening public meetings held
at the Ford Hall, which once stood on Beacon Hill in Boston. While the
original building no longer exists, the public conversations have continued
throughout the Greater Boston area with the generous support of foundations,
corporations, academic institutions, and individuals. An exhibit
illustrating this rich history, which was installed in collaboration with
Northeastern University, is now on display at the Boston Public Library. As
the Forum marks its 100th Anniversary, it is embarking on a new partnership
with the Suffolk University College of Arts & Sciences. Suffolk will be
housing the Forum’s administrative offices just a block away from where the
original Ford Hall once stood.

Since its first public event at the beginning of the 20th century, the Forum
has hosted some of the most intriguing figures in our nation’s modern
history, including Maya Angelou, Noam Chomsky, Alan Dershowitz, Stephen Jay
Gould, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Henry Kissinger, Ayn Rand, Eleanor
Roosevelt, Cokie Roberts, and Malcolm X, to name just a few.

Programs of the Ford Hall Forum are made possible through the generous
contributions from individual members as well as corporations and
foundations, including The Boston Foundation, The Boston Public Library,
Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel,
Fidelity Investments, The Fred and Marty Corneel Fund, Helen Rees Literary
Agency, Houghton Chemical Corporation, Jackson & Company, Levine Katz Nannis
+ Solomon P.C., The Lowell Institute, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The
Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Northeastern University, The Old South
Meeting House, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation, Prince, Lobel, Glovsky &
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www.fordhallforum.org or contact Alex Minier at alex at fordhallforum.org,

The Ford Hall Forum presents this program in collaboration with the Old
South Meeting House, as part of their Partners in Public Dialogue Series.
Old South Meeting House is a non-profit museum and historic site, located on
the Freedom Trail, dedicated to sustaining the building’s tradition as a
community-gathering place for the free exchange of ideas and to provide a
place where people can connect the issues of the past with the issues of
today. It receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state
agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency, and
other public and private sources. Visit www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org for
more information.


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