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

Saree Makdisi, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of English Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“What is needed now is not more separation but a step toward the cooperative integration of Israelis and Palestinians in one common state…

Israel and the occupied territories already constitute a single geopolitical entity, even if it’s not labeled that way. Palestinians such as Azmi Bishara and Edward Said (when he was alive) have joined with Israelis including Ilan Papp√© and Meron Benvenisti to call for a peace founded on that reality, rather than false compromises and ethnic separation. That state would join two peoples whom history has thrust together into one democratic, secular and self-governing community of truly equal citizens.”

“Post Arafat One State,” www.qumsiyeh.org, Nov. 21, 2010

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
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:
  • Professor of English Literature, UCLA
  • Associate Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and of the Humanities, University of Chicago
Education:
  • PhD, English Literature, Duke University, 1993
  • BA, Wesleyan University, 1987
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Israel an Apartheid State?