Professor of Economics Emeritus Daniel McGowan recently offered a lecture on former President Jimmy Carter’s controversial book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” at Eine Welt Haus in Munich, Germany,
Sponsored by “Palaestina Komitee” (The Palestine Committee) and held in Eine Welt Haus in the center of Munich, the lecture was delivered in German, a first for him, McGowan said.
McGowan said the audience reacted very favorably, especially to his assertions that in Palestine, Carter’s formation of the Camp David Accord was not seen to favor the Palestinians, although the Western media did not report it that way.
Many were also sympathetic with McGowan’s list of words that routinely brand Americans as anti-Semitic when applied to Israel: occupation, apartheid, wall and concentration camp.
McGowan is the founder and executive director of Deir Yassin Remembered, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the building of a memorial in Israel to commemorate the loss of Palestinian lives at the massacre at Deir Yassin in 1948.
He is a frequent speaker on issues involving the Middle East conflict and is an expert in Palestinian history. He has co-written “Remembering Deir Yassin: The Future of Israel and Palestine,” and “The Saga of Deir Yassin: Myth, Revisionism, and Reality.”
McGowan earned his bachelor’s at Cornell University, where he was named to the Phi Beta Kappa chapter and was the IIE Scholar at the University of Vienna. He earned master’s degrees from Stanford University and Bucknell University, and his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. He taught at HWS from 1973 to 2005.