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Shimon Cowen, PhD Biography

Title:
Director of the Institute for Judaism and Civilization
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“There is no legal principle which can accord ownership or statehood in the biblically defined land of Israel to a people other than the Jewish people. In this it differs from all other nations which by differing criteria could establish jurisdiction over territories. None of these formal or pragmatic rules apply to the Jewish people’s relationship to the land of Israel. For the land of Israel is different in its essence from every other land, and pertains by virtue of its essence to the Jewish people. It is a Jewish land.”

“The Arab-Israeli Conflict – Part II,” Journal of Judaism and Civilization, 1999

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of the Institute for Judaism and Civilization, 1998 – present
  • Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer, Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization, Monash University
  • Programme Director, Kollel Menachem Lubavitch (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Editor of three publications, the Journal of Judaism and Civilization, Monographs in Judaism and Civilization, and the Bulletin in the Noahide Laws
Education:
  • PhD, Social Philosophy, Monash University (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Rabbinic ordination in the Kollel Menachem Lubavitch, Melbourne
Other:
  • None found