Thursday, June 17, 2021

This is a virtual event

Virtual Race Talks:

HowDavid Became Goliath: Israel's 100 Year War With Palestine

Kennedy School - Gymnasium

Newcomer Welcome 6:45 pm, Program 7:00 pm PST


Minor with parent or guardian

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About Virtual Race Talks: How David Became Goliath: Israel's 100 Year War With Palestine

Virtual Race Talks: How David Became Goliath: Israel's 100 Year War With Palestine

This is a virtual event


By the beginning of the 20th century, Jews had spread and melded into the world's mainstream, and were suffering the beginning strains of persecution in Europe during WWI that would eventually crescendo in WWII Auschwitz. The 1917 Balfour Agreement, created by England and France in support of establishing a national home for the Jewish Diaspora, is the root of the clash between Israel and Palestine. Encouraged by the Zionist movement, the much-maligned Jews, aka David, migrated to Palestine and have since become Goliath as Israelis continue to annex the remaining Palestinian homeland for their own.

Recent events involving Israeli airstrikes over Gaza and the widely documented expulsion of Palestinian families from their homes by Zionists have highlighted the hostility between Palestine and Israel. Join us as we hear the testimony of Palestinians and Jews and their thoughts about where we go from here to find peaceful co-existence.


  • Ned Rosch - Co-founder of Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP) in Portland
  • Robert Horenstein - Director of Communications, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland (JFGP) 
  • Dr. Asma Taha - Director of Nursing Education, OHSU 
  • Ramzy Farouki - Founder of the Center for the Study and Preservation of Palestine (CSPP) in Portland 
  • Tal Journo - Former Member of the Israeli Defense Force & Israeli Government Special Agent 

*Subject to change

About Race Talks

For over a decade, RACE TALKS has been a resounding success in Portland, Oregon, offering monthly community forums on various topics through the lens of race. RACE TALKS has presented over 150 forums to 20,000+ participants. This was possible through our partnership with Portland-based McMenamins, which afforded us a monthly venue every 2nd Tuesday of the month at its Kennedy School location.

Due to COVID, RACE TALKS rolled out a virtual forum in June 2020, which meets every 3rd Thursday of the month. While we have taken an almost year-long hiatus from in-person programming, we are happy to announce that McMenamins is now a sponsor of our virtual forums. We encourage our virtual attendees to grab some cajun tots and a pint to-go. Stay tuned for our return to in-person programming at McMenamins Kennedy School!