Last updated on: 9/23/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

John Spritzler, Sc.D Biography

Title:
Research Scientist
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The very concept of ethnically pure states is divisive and destined to stoke conflict. The so-called ‘two state solution’ in the Middle East — establishing a Palestinian state to counter the Jewish state — is a conceptual and political trap that prevents Arab and Jewish working people from uniting around their common interests and values. The situation in the Middle East cannot be solved within this framework; it leads nowhere except to more destruction and hate and more elite control.

The solution is not to establish another ethnic state but to disestablish the ones that exist now. Israel, as well as states that are just for Muslims or any other ethnic group, must cease to exist as states based on apartheid and ethnic domination. They must be replaced by secular democracies with equal rights for all, regardless of their ethnic background, and with equal tolerance for all religions.”

www.newdemocracyworld.org/state.htm, “Should There Be a Jewish State?,” Aug., 2002

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:
  • Research Scientist in the Department of Biostatistics, Harvard University School of Public Health
  • Anti-war activist, writer and blogger, 1968-present
Education:
  • ScD, Biostatistics, Harvard University, 1992
  • BA, History, Dartmouth College, 1968
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Did the Holocaust Justify the Creation of a Jewish State?