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Release: Oct. 7, 1999

Yuval Rabin, major activist in the Middle East peace process, lectures at UI

IOWA CITY–Yuval Rabin, son of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, became a visible figure in the Middle East peace process when he became chairman of Dor Shalom, a far-reaching Middle East peace organization founded after his father's assassination in 1995.

At a free public lecture at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 in the Main Lounge at the Iowa Memorial Union, he will speak about advancing the peace process, and the role of Dor Shalom, translated as Generation of Peace. Rabin's lecture at the UI is part of the Aliber/Hillel Jewish Student Center's series on the Middle East peace process.

Gerald L. Sorokin, director, Aliber/Hillel Jewish Student Center, says Rabin's visit is important for people who have a general interest in the Middle East, and who are and want to become involved in grass roots political organizations.

"When Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated, the Iowa City community was outraged. That included supporters of the Israelis, Palestinians, as well as those with no particular affiliation with either group. They all saw his death as a watershed event," Sorokin says.

Prior to his father's death, Yuval had made a conscious decision to avoid politics, opting instead for a career in the high-tech private sector, the area in which he now works as a software engineer at a Washington, D.C. company. Since Generation of Peace was founded, it has energized a new generation of people to take active roles in advancing peace in the Middle East.

"The difference between us and my father's generation is that we have choices," Rabin says in a prepared biography. "Young Israelis were born in an era in which the mere existence of the Jewish State is no longer a question." Now, "an Israel that is left to make choices about its future, unable to fault circumstances beyond its control, will have to decide how to find the security it seeks," Rabin says.

Since Generation of Peace was founded, it has become one of the largest and most visible social movements in Israel, and "it has played a constructive role in student politics, social services, and information dissemination on the peace process, among other topics," Sorokin says.

Yuval Rabin's visit is co-sponsored by Agudas Achim Congregation, the American-Israel Education Foundation, the Bose Lecture Series at University of Iowa department of political science, the UI Lecture Committee, and the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Gerald Sorokin, at the Aliber/Hillel Jewish Student Center at 338-0778.