Israel-Palestine: Why the Peace Process Failed and What to Do About It

We are excited to announce a new Boston Workmen's Circle Adult Education course for the Spring 2018  Semester: "Israel-Palestine: Why the Peace Process Failed and What to Do About It", facilitated by acclaimed author Professor Dov Waxman. The course will span 4 sessions on Sundays in May and June.


Course Description:
While President Trump has tasked Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, to help him do the “ultimate deal” and make peace between Israel and the Palestinians, few expect the Trump Administration to achieve what its predecessors have failed to do.  Despite years of on-again, off-again peace talks, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to drag on, and Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem has now lasted for half a century.  This course tackles the critical questions of why the peace process has failed, and whether the two-state solution is still viable, and it explores alternative outcomes and peacemaking strategies. The purpose of this course is not only to offer a better understanding of the reasons for the current stalemate in the conflict, but also to provide a historically informed and more holistic perspective on ways to achieve peace and end the occupation.  

Sequence of Classes:

  1. The Rise and Fall of the Peace Process: Why did the peace process fail?

  2. The Prospects for a Two-State Solution: Is the two-state solution still viable?

  3. The Alternative Solutions and Strategies: What other options are there?

  4. The Role of American Jews in Promoting Peace and Ending the Occupation: What can we do?

Instructor Bio:
Dov Waxman is Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Israel Studies, and the Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University. He is also the co-director of the university’s Middle East Center. His research focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli foreign policy, U.S.-Israel relations, and American Jewry’s relationship with Israel. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his B.A. from Oxford University. He has previously taught at the City University of New York, Bowdoin College, and the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey; and he has been a visiting fellow at Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Oxford University.  He is the author of three books: The Pursuit of Peace and the Crisis of Israeli Identity: Defending / Defining the Nation (Palgrave, 2006), Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within (with Ilan Peleg, Cambridge University Press, 2011), and Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016). He is a frequent commentator in print, on radio, and on television, and he has lectured widely in the United States and abroad.  

Dates:  April 29th, May 13th, May 19th, June 3rd, 2018 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. 


Please be in touch with Jedd Cohen at if you have any questions.

BWC Shule is looking for teachers!

Our Shule is looking for Boston-based teachers for our Kindergarten, 2nd, 5th, and 6th-grade classes! This is an opportunity to teach in the Boston Workers Circle's progressive, secular Jewish Sunday school. 
Deadline for applications June 30! Learn more on our Jobs page, and please pass along widely.