... is scheduled
as the guest speaker for the 187th meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to convene
on January 18, 2010.
Khen on "Israel-Palestine: Is Peace Possible? A Two (Viable) State Solution"
Yossi Khen, a native Israeli peace
activist, will suggest a solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict,
incorporating consensus and equality for all parties. He will share
some background on the issue and explain how this solution, contingent
the states in question being "viable," might work.
Yossi Khen was born in Israel, and
served in the Israeli army. His participation in the War of Attrition
at the Suez Canal was a life turning point after seeing his first death.
Khen also witnessed the daily abuses in the Occupied West Bank, where he
stayed as part of his service.
Upon completing military service, Khen
was an activitist for human rights and peace. In April 1973, he refused
to serve in the occupied West Bank as a reserve soldier. As punishment
for standing up to the State, he served time in military jail, and never
again saw the occupied territories as a soldier.
In 1978, Khen moved to The Unites States.
In 1981, he joined the New Jewish Agenda (NJA) in Los Angeles, through
which he participated in Israeli Palestinian issue.
In 1988, he represented NJA in building
a coalition in Los Angeles that included NJA, Palestine Society of America,
ADC, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and Women International
League for Peace and Freedom (WILF). This coalition supported "two states"
as a solution to the conflict.
This reached many people in L.A. and
beyond. Khen was one of the coalition's main speakers, together with
Palestinian friends. This coalition continued working until mid-1991.
Since then, Khen continued speaking
on Israeli Palestinian issue in different forums. Currently, he is a member
of the Los Angeles-based Jews for Peace
between Israelis & Palestinians, which supports two states as a
Khen is a computer programmer-analyst
for Wellpoint in Los Angeles.
The KHC is indebted to Dick Platkin
and L.A. Jews for Peace for
their assistance in arranging the appearance of our speaker this month.
Yossi Khen's KHC talk can
be downloaded as an
MP3 file. It's about 1 hour and 13 minutes, at about 68
MB, so you'll want a broadband connection. The club was a bit noisy,
due to another party sharing Dinah's back room. But you can still
hear Khen's talk fairly well.
Thomas M. Sipos took the
below photo at the meeting.