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Samuel G. Freedman Biography

Title:
Professor of Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Extremists in both the Palestinian and Israeli camps, and even some mainstream American and European intellectuals, have for a variety of reasons begun campaigning for a single bi-national state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

Even without any formal action toward such a state, the combination of increasing Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and a soaring Palestinian birth rate will soon enough leave two hostile populations entwined in a death embrace. History tells us such an outcome would lead to communal violence that would make this intifada seem like a New England town meeting.

Against such a backdrop, the informal, unofficial peace treaty forged between Palestinian and Israeli political figures and signed earlier this week in Geneva represents the best chance in years of reviving the concept of two states for two peoples. One need not believe the model agreement is flawless to find in it one of the only causes for cautious optimism since September 2000.”

“Geneva Accord Better Than Violence,” Chicago Tribune, Dec. 5, 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors
  • Board member of Institute for American Values and the Jewish Book Council
  • National Jewish Book Award, 2000
  • Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award, Society of Professional Journalists, 1997
  • New Jersey Humanities Council Book Award, 1997
  • Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, 1993
  • Staff Reporter for The New York Times, 1981-1987
Education:
  • BA, Wisconsin
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. How Many Jews from Arab Countries Became Refugees following the First Arab-Israeli War?