Ambassador to address peace in Israel/Palestine

Staff reports

Ambassador Philip C. Wilcox, Jr., president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace in Washington, D.C., will present "Israel/Palestine: Is Peace Possible?" at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m.

Competing claims of Israelis and Palestinians to the Holy Land have created the 60-year old Arab Israeli conflict.

The United Nations and the United States have been involved in peace diplomacy from the beginning, but the conflict has deepened, especially after 1967 when Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem and launched the settlement movement in these occupied territories.

The talk will address the question, "Can President Obama, as he has promised, bring this tragic conflict to an end with a new American diplomatic initiative to win a two-state peace and a shared Jerusalem, or are Israelis and Palestinians doomed to perpetual struggle?"

Wilcox served in the U.S. Foreign Service for 31 years from 1966 to 1997 with distinction.

A graduate of Williams College and Stanford law School, Ambassador Wilcox served in U.S. embassies in Laos, Indonesia, and Bangladesh.

His last overseas assignment was as Chief of Mission and U.S. Consul General, Jerusalem. He has received several awards for his lifelong work for peace and human rights.

The presentation is sponsored by United Nations Association of the USA, Southern Oregon State of Jefferson Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Social Action Committee, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and The UN Club at Southern Oregon University.

The free event is open to the public. For more information call 261-3000.

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