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Observations from Palestine, Lebanon and Syria, a report back by Jeff Klein

Mon July 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Monday, July 11th

7:00pm – 8:00pm


JEFF KLEIN will report back on his recent trip to Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria.  He is a retired machinist and local trade-union president active with the anti-war group Dorchester People for Peace. He is a board member of Massachusetts Peace Action and a member of its Palestine-Israel Working Group. Since 2004 Jeff has traveled almost every year to Palestine/Israel and elsewhere in the Middle East, most recently including Syria in 2016 and 2018.

As with previous trips, Jeff plans to share what he learned in a report back for MAPA and the wider peace community. Below are just a few of his observations. To hear more and ask your own questions, register here!


On Israel and Palestine he said in his latest article Fascism on the March: “Flag Day” in Jerusalem, “The boisterous Zionist crowd was overwhelmingly young and male, typically in groups from Jewish religious nationalist schools. They mostly wore white shirts as a kind of collective uniform and waved Israeli flags attached to hefty broom sticks – and some, menacingly with sticks alone – to intimidate the Palestinian population.”

On Syria he said, “I can say unreservedly that I love Syria and its people. Syrians are hard-working and invariably kind and welcoming – even to a visiting American from an enemy country. It with sorrow and shame that I recognize the efforts or my own government to destroy everything that is good here. Certainly the Syrians deserve a better government than the one they have, but it is a lie that the US is promoting democracy in Syria. Instead, the attacks and siege by the US and its allies are, if anything, hindering the reforms that are sorely needed.”



Mon July 11
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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