"Bridging the Gap: Israel-Palestine Student Discussion" - A Moderated Panel Discussion


Thursday April 11, 2024
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity and the Department of Political Studies Present

"Bridging the Gap - Israel-Palestine Student Discussion

Thursday, April 11, 2024

7:00-9:00 PM  

Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202

About the event:

We are a group of York University students and alumni, both Palestinian/Arab and Israeli/Jewish, who want to change the way that the conversation about Israel/Palestine is happening at York University. We believe that, as fellow students who have a connection to this land, we all deserve human dignity and an honest conversation. We have established an Israel/Palestine student dialogue group on our campus for the purpose of sharing multiple perspectives in a respectful manner.

We are happy to share with the Queen's community the important dialogue work we are doing. York University Professor Randal Schnoor will moderate a public panel discussion with student leaders of York University's BRIDGING THE GAP to explore student motivations for starting this dialogue group, views on the current campus climate, challenges, and opportunities for dialogue. Question and discussion period with the audience will follow.

About Dr. Schnoor: 

Dr. Randal Schnoor, a sociologist, specializes in the study of contemporary Jewish Life in North America. For the last three years he has been teaching a course at York University entitled "Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Canada."

See: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/bringing-jews-and-muslims-together-at-york-university/article_a404d821-3ecf-5401-b95c-e6a5f72041af.html)

In this course he succeeds in fostering a healthy environment for honest and respectful discussion between Jews and Muslims. Upon the Hamas attack on Israel of October 7/23 and the subsequent heavy Israeli military response, he was motivated to revitalize the BRIDGING THE GAP Israel/Palestine student dialogue group at York which had laid dormant since the onset of the COVID pandemic. The dialogue group is now thriving where Dr. Schnoor works closely with an executive of eight students (Jewish/Israeli/Palestinian/Arab) to design programming and establish safe spaces for genuine dialogue on the York campus.

See: https://thecjn.ca/news/courage-to-disagree-with-respect-york-university-student-initiative-promotes-civil-dialogue-on-israel/