UWP to host forum on "Israeli-Palestinian Basics"

April 14, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-At almost any time of the day, one can turn on the television and see pictures of the Middle East via war coverage, yet to many Americans, little is known about this region, its people and the cultures there. In an attempt to shed some light on the subject, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will host a spring policy forum entitled "Israeli-Palestinian Basics," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Room 103 Doudna Hall. The focus of the forum will be geography, history and politics behind the Iraqi conflict.

"Many students have never studied the Middle East and this is a big issue where a large amount of misinformation is found," said Thomas Waters, chair of the department of social sciences and organizer of the forum. "One of the responsibilities of the University is to try to make sure our students are informed."

Speaking at the forum will be instructor Naim Paris Zeibak who will discuss the geography and demographics of the area. Associate professor David Krugler will discuss the history behind the United States' involvement with the Middle East and Waters will discuss the decision-making structures of the two political groups.

Each spring, the department of social sciences hosts a policy forum to discuss current issues. The "Israeli-Palestinian Basics" forum will be the fifth forum held by the University and will be co-hosted by the UWP History Club and the Students for Peace and Justice. All are welcome to attend the forum.

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