Jeff Halper

Israeli peace activist to speak in Surrey and Vancouver

Jeff Halper, nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, will be at Northwood United Church on Tuesday.

Israeli academic and longtime peace activist Dr. Jeff Halper is coming to the Lower Mainland on Feb. 10 and 12 to speak about the future of Israel and Palestine.

The events, titled Beyond Fear and Violence are at the end of a cross-Canada multi-city speaking tour.

On Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m., he will speak at Northwood United Church (8855 156 St.).

On Feb. 12, he will speak at 1:30 p.m. at the University of British Columbia and at 7:30 p.m. at the Peretz Centre in Vancouver.

All events are free, with admission by donation.

“Dr. Halper has lived in Israel for more than 40 years and dedicated most of his adult life to working for a just and enduring resolution to the conflict,” said Rabbi David Mivasair, a local representative of Independent Jewish Voices, one of the organizers of the tour.

“His insights go a long way to dismantling the stereotypes and myths that so often inform many of us. We’re excited to host him, as the large turnouts at his talks in eastern Canada make it clear that Canadians want to hear what he has to say.”

Dr. Halper is the author of several books on the conflict and is the co-founder and director of The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (icahd.org), a human rights and peace organization. In 2006 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The United Network for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI) is also organizing the tour. A number of local organizations are sponsoring the Lower Mainland events.

For more information, call 604.781.7839, email halperbctour@gmail, or visit www.ijvcanada.org or www.unjppi.org