This spring marks the 100th anniversary of the San Remo Conference where many of the victorious allies of World War I met to discuss the future of the defeated Ottoman Empire. As part of the dividing up of the Ottoman Empire, the British Mandate was established in Palestine including to put, “into effect the declaration made on the 8th November 1917 by the British government and adopted by the other Allied Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” That same spring the 3rd Palestine Arab Congress was held where the local Arab representatives strongly voiced their opposition to the establishment of that idea. 100 years later, where are we with this conflict?
Rabbi Michael Cohen, the first full-time rabbi of the Israel Congregation in Manchester Center, is now their rabbi emeritus. He currently teaches conflict resolution and is on the staff at Bennington College. He also works for the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. He served as president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and is the author of numerous articles published in the Middle East and the United States. He is the author of Einstein’s Rabbi: A Tale of Science and the Soul. He also sits on the Board of Burr and Burton Academy and Mount Equinox Preservation Trust.