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... is scheduled as the guest speaker for the 187th meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to convene on January 18, 2010.


     Yossi Khen on "Israel-Palestine: Is Peace Possible? A Two (Viable) State Solution"

Yossi Khen, a native Israeli peace activist, will suggest a solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, incorporating consensus and equality for all parties.  He will share some background on the issue and explain how this solution, contingent on the states in question being "viable," might work.

     About the Speaker:

Yossi Khen was born in Israel, and served in the Israeli army.  His participation in the War of Attrition at the Suez Canal was a life turning point after seeing his first death.  Khen also witnessed the daily abuses in the Occupied West Bank, where he stayed as part of his service.

Upon completing military service, Khen was an activitist for human rights and peace.  In April 1973, he refused to serve in the occupied West Bank as a reserve soldier.  As punishment for standing up to the State, he served time in military jail, and never again saw the occupied territories as a soldier.

In 1978, Khen moved to The Unites States.  In 1981, he joined the New Jewish Agenda (NJA) in Los Angeles, through which he participated in Israeli Palestinian issue.

In 1988, he represented NJA in building a coalition in Los Angeles that included NJA, Palestine Society of America, ADC, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and Women International League for Peace and Freedom (WILF). This coalition supported "two states" as a solution to the conflict.

This reached many people in L.A. and beyond.  Khen was one of the coalition's main speakers, together with Palestinian friends.  This coalition continued working until mid-1991.

Since then, Khen continued speaking on Israeli Palestinian issue in different forums. Currently, he is a member of the Los Angeles-based Jews for Peace between Israelis & Palestinians, which supports two states as a peace vision. 

Khen is a computer programmer-analyst for Wellpoint in Los Angeles.

The KHC is indebted to Dick Platkin and L.A. Jews for Peace for their assistance in arranging the appearance of our speaker this month.


Yossi Khen's KHC talk can be downloaded as an MP3 file.   It's about 1 hour and 13 minutes, at about 68 MB, so you'll want a broadband connection.  The club was a bit noisy, due to another party sharing Dinah's back room.  But you can still hear Khen's talk fairly well. 

Thomas M. Sipos took the below photo at the meeting.