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Release: Nov. 29, 2001

Shamir to speak about Israeli-Palestinian conflict Dec. 3

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Leading Russian-Israeli intellectual Israel Shamir will speak on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 as part of a brown-bag luncheon at the Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, Iowa City. The talk is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) and University of Iowa International Programs.

A writer, translator and journalist, Shamir was born in Novosibirsk, Siberia and moved to Israel in 1969. He served as paratrooper in the army and fought in the 1973 war. He got his first taste of journalism with Israel Radio. As a freelance, his varied assignments included covering Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in the last stages of the war in South East Asia. Since 1975 Shamir has written for newspapers in several countries including Israel, England, Japan and Russia. He has also written several novels. His most popular work, "The Pine and the Olive," the story of Palestine/Israel, was published in 1988. His most recent works include Acid Test, Rape of Dulcinea, Galilee Flowers, Joseph Revisited and Kid Sister.

In response to the second Palestinian uprising in 13 years, Shamir has temporarily abandoned his literary occupation and resumed his work as a journalist. In the midst of all the endless talk of a "Two State solution," Shamir, along with Edward Said, has become a leading champion of the "One Man, One Vote, One State" solution in all of Palestine/Israel. His most recent essays have been circulating widely on the Internet and are now posted on many prominent media sites. With every new article, Shamir is establishing himself as a journalist whose work speaks to the aspirations of both the Israelis and the Palestinians.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, call Buffy Quintero, International Programs' outreach coordinator, at 335-0345.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts each year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the Associate Provost and Dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.