Daniel McGowan, professor of economics, gave a lecture titled “Deir Yassin: Remembrance, Resistance, and Resolution” March 25 at Rutgers University, sponsored by New Jersey Solidarity, an activist group working for peace in the Middle East. McGowan made the argument that there will be only one state between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River and that it will become “viable” only when all the people living there enjoy equal citizenship and equal rights. Apartheid, ethnic cleansing, or carving out Palestinian reservations are policies that will bring neither peace nor viability no matter how much force is used to implement them.
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”.