Last updated on: 9/21/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Michael Lerner, PhD Biography

Title:
Editor of TIKKUN Magazine
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“We call upon Israel to end the Occupation, to return settlers to the pre-1967 borders of Israel (providing them with decent housing), and to take major (though not total) responsibility for Palestinian refugees…

We call upon the Palestinian people to acknowledge the right of Jews to maintain their own homeland in the pre-1967 borders of the state of Israel, with Jewish control over the Jewish section of Jerusalem (including French Hill and Mt. Scopus and the Jewish Quarter of the Old City) and the Western Wall, and unimpeded access to the cemetery on the Mount of Olives…

At this point in time, the TIKKUN Community is supporting a two-state rather than a bi-national solution to the Israel-Palestinian crisis, even though some members of our community believe that such a bi-national state is the only way to achieve social justice for Palestinians.”

TIKKUN Core Vision, 4. Peace, Justice and reconciliation for Israel and Palestine, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Editor, Tikkun Magazine
  • Founder and Rabbi, Beyt Tikkun, 1996-present
  • Founder and co-chair, The Tikkun Community, w/ Cornel West, 2002
  • Recipient, PEN Award for his stance against censorship regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the U.S. media, 2001
  • Picked by Utne Reader as “one of America’s 100 most significant visionaries”
Education:
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Wright Institute, 1977
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 1972
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?