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Syracuse Area Middle East Dialogue Group













Mission Statement:

1. To advocate for a sustainable negotiated settlement between Israel and Palestine leading to the establishment of two states as the essential step toward the achievement of peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

2. To encourage all American stake-holders (the U.S. government, opinion makers, and U.S. organizations in the Middle East) to create conditions for effective negotiations.

3. To educate the Syracuse community about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, about Middle Eastern culture, and about efforts of Israelis and Palestinians to live and work together in peace.

4. To educate members about the history, current situation and sentiments of the different communities in the Middle East and in the United States, regarding Israel and Palestine.

Core Membership:

SAMED has limited membership, with approximately seven from each of the constituent groups; Jewish Americans, Arab/Palestinian Americans and others who are not Jewish nor Arab/Palestinian.

Recent and Current Events Awards and Writings About SAMED Past Events Resources Links

Interfaith Works Leadership Award Dinner

Courageous Conversations Video Five members of SAMED received leadership awards from InterFaith Works in 2012

Peace Award Recipient Part 1, Peace Award Recipient Part 2

PhD dissertation in Social Science, Syracuse University: 1992 Amy S. Hubbard, Cross-cultural conflict resolution groups: American Palestinians and Jews in dialogue on the Middle East

Schwarts, Richard D. 1989. "Arab-Jewish Dialogue in the United States: Toward Track II Tractability."pp 180-209 in Intractable Conflicts and Their Transformation, edited by Louis Kriesberg, Northrup, Terrell A., and Thoerson, Stuart J. Syracuse NY: Syracuse University Press


Atzilut Concert

SAMED Mission Form Part 1

SAMED Mission Form Part 2

Read Jeremy Pressman's article on "What Happened at Camp David and Taba?" (298K)

A transcript of a brieifing on the People's Voice initiative given to the Middle East Institute by its authors - Sari Nusseibeh and Ami Ayalon - can be found here.

A new resolution by the US Senate urging the President to actively support the peace process (Senate Resolution 276) can be found here, and the response of the Jewish Peace Lobby here. Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information

http://mideastweb.orgWith information on dialogue work, maps, etc. Common Ground News Service, Search for Common Ground (multi-lingual) Israeli-Palestinian Crossfire American Friends of Peace Now Blue White Future



The Syracuse Area Middle East Dialogue Group was formed over twenty years ago by seven representatives of each of three communities: Palestinians, Jews, and concerned "others." Over those twenty years, we have worked locally, nationally and internationally to promote a peaceful solution to the conflict in the Middle East.We have found this process invigorating, enlightening, challenging, and worthwhile.

Please read the text of the Geneva Accord. A discussion of it can be found on the Shalom Center's website by clicking here.
Recent Statements by SAMED

Message to President Obama


Past Statements by SAMED

Our position paper on the Geneva Accord, was published on 11 January 2004 in the Syracuse Post Standard. You can also view our our assessment of the state of affairs in the middle east as they were in October 2004.

Read our updated statement on developments in the region as of November, 2004.

Read our OpEd piece related to the fighting in July, 2006.









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