Last updated on: 11/17/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

David Hirsh, PhD Biography

Title:
Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, Univeristy of London (UK)
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Everybody knows what a peace between Israel and Palestine would look like because there is only one settlement that could gain majority support in Israel and in Palestine. Only a handful of Israelis or Palestinians would accept a peace agreement that did not offer them a state and the possibility of collective self-defence against future attack…

Everybody serious supports a two state solution; an Israeli withdrawal to borders based on the 1967 ceasefire line, the foundation of an independent Palestinian state and a deal done between the two parties on Jerusalem and the Palestinian refugees and their descendents. This is a peace agreement not a programme for a perfect Middle East…

A [single] democratic secular state is imaginable as a future aspiration that people might work towards after there is a settlement that ends the conflict between Israel and Palestine but as an immediate programme for peace it is utopian – or worse…

A two state solution, a peace between Israel and Palestine, is still possible and attainable.”

“For a Two-State Solution,” Guardian, Apr. 14, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London (UK), 2003-present
  • Editor, Engage Online
  • Advisory Editor, Democratiya
  • Research Fellow, Yale University, 2006-2007
  • Lecturer in Sociology, University of East Anglia, Feb 2003-May 2003
  • Post Doctoral Sociological Review Fellowship, Keele University, Oct. 2001-Oct. 2002
  • Lecturer in Sociology, City University, Feb. 1996-June 2001
  • Lecturer in Sociology, Warwick University, Oct. 1998-Dec. 1998
Education:
  • PhD, Sociology, Warwick University, 2001
  • MA, Philosophy and Social Theory, Warwick University, 1995
  • BSc, Sociology, City University London (UK), 1994
Other:
  • Born on Sep. 29, 1967
  • PhD dissertation was titled: “The Coming of Age of Cosmopolitan Law: Crimes against Humanity and their Prosecution”
  • Was awarded the Philip Abrams Prize from the British Sociological Association in 2004 for his book Law against Genocide: Cosmopolitan Trials