J.J. Surbeck
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  • Executive Director of T.E.A.M.…
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J.J. Surbeck replied to jonathan power's discussion children killed in palestine/israel
"Yes, intervention is the way to go, but the few countries who can do it, above all the US, are sick and tired of doing it and, especially under Obama, are not going to lift a finger no matter what the number of killed. As you correctly point out,…"
Jul 11
J.J. Surbeck replied to jonathan power's discussion children killed in palestine/israel
"A few remarks. First the title of this article is misleading since you talk (rightly) of children abuse in many other situations in the world where in fact their plight is considerably worse in than in Israel and the disputed territories. Second,…"
Jul 11
J.J. Surbeck commented on Craig Zelizer's video
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"The commentator asks the right question: "What if someone brought death to your hometown?", but it doesn't occur to her that it's precisely what the 9/11 terrorists did to New York. That's what led to the US intervention in…"
Feb 15
J.J. Surbeck replied to Craig Zelizer's discussion Call for applications: New Israel Fund, Social Justice Fellowships
"Before you sign on or apply for an NIF grant, read this article: http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/10/30/author-of-ibm-and-the-holocaust-takes-apart-nif-funding-sources-in-new-book-interview/ and buy the book "Financing the flames" by Edwin…"
Nov 1, 2013
J.J. Surbeck replied to Rafi Nets-Zehngut's discussion Israeli Memory of the 1948 Palestinian Exodus
"Hi Rafi, Thanks for this reference. Here is another one, although it focuses on the economic losses of the Arab Jews: http://tinyurl.com/ljlv4v9 . My point in my first question was that if anyone is going to want to examine the causes of the Arab…"
Aug 18, 2013
J.J. Surbeck replied to Rafi Nets-Zehngut's discussion Israeli Memory of the 1948 Palestinian Exodus
"I haven't read the articles you list yet, but the first question that came to my mind was if you are aware of similar articles regarding the expulsion of Jews from Arab countries that followed the 1948 war of Independence? Thanks."
Aug 18, 2013
J.J. Surbeck replied to Maha Hilal's discussion PCDN Film Review: The Suffering Grasses, Powerful Film About the Ongoing Conflict in Syria
"The trailer is good and hopefully the film can be purchased for showing. But one aspect strikes me: the shocking ignorance of the tragedy Syria is going through displayed by people in western countries. And I have one suggestion as to why that is…"
Nov 21, 2012
J.J. Surbeck replied to Phillip James Walker's discussion Settlements in the West Bank in the group Israel-Palestine Peace Group
"Hey guys, It's been a very long time, and I apologize for having left for so long. First I want to thank Maor for having taken the time to reinstate many of my posts. Toda raba! I was utterly disgusted by the unethical and cowardly behavior of…"
Dec 22, 2009
Maor left a comment for J.J. Surbeck
"Hi J.J. Surbeck, I've noticed that you sent me a private message a few days ago but I can't access it - I'm getting a page with "Our apologies – this page was not found" Maybe it has something to do also with your…"
Sep 4, 2009
Maor left a comment for J.J. Surbeck
"hi, sorry about the late response... I can generally say that there are three levels of dialoge and possible influence on attitudes and beliefs in peace education and encounteres - the interpersonal, intercultural and intergroup-political. My…"
Jul 5, 2009
J.J. Surbeck left a comment for Maor
"Dear Maor, Nice meeting you, too. I'm interested in what you do as well because, paradoxically enough, I am very skeptical that results can be obtained with people who start from a completely different set of values than our own. The first…"
Jun 26, 2009
Melissa Wu left a comment for J.J. Surbeck
"Yes, thank you very much. It is quite a compliment since your resume is very impressive as well. I am going to Israel this summer to study law and hope to learn as much as I can to help with conflict resolution. Nice to meet you."
Jun 26, 2009
Maor left a comment for J.J. Surbeck
"I am very happy to learn about the T.E.A.M. and I also agree with your post in the Israel-Palestinian peace group. We are perhaps in a rather "hostile" environment here, but it's very important to be here and try to balance things..."
Jun 26, 2009
J.J. Surbeck left a comment for Melissa Wu
"Hi Melissa, Very impressive résumé. Looking forward to exchanging views with you."
Apr 30, 2009
J.J. Surbeck and Melissa Wu are now friends
Apr 30, 2009
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Apr 11, 2009

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
Lawyer. Worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for 16 years. Specialist in International Humanitarian Law.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Congo, Switzerland, USA.
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
USA
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Executive Director of T.E.A.M. (Training and Education About the Middle East), a non profit dedicated to presenting a balanced picture of the Middle East conflict to the public.
What is your personal or organizational website?
http://www.sandiegoteam.org
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Information and Communication Technology, Humanitarian Relief, Refugees, Rule of Law, Terrorism
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Communication, Curriculum Development
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
The double standard by which the world treats Israel, in violation of all the rules of international law.

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At 1:45am on September 5, 2009, Maor said…
Hi J.J. Surbeck,

I've noticed that you sent me a private message a few days ago but I can't access it - I'm getting a page with "Our apologies – this page was not found" Maybe it has something to do also with your messages being deleted from the group? This whole issue is very weird! Anyway, hope you will return to write there or in other places if the discussions continue!
At 4:52pm on July 5, 2009, Maor said…
hi, sorry about the late response... I can generally say that there are three levels of dialoge and possible influence on attitudes and beliefs in peace education and encounteres - the interpersonal, intercultural and intergroup-political. My impression so far is that on the interpersonal level the effects are quite amazing - both Jews and Arabs get along well and find many common interests and topics to discuss. The Jews are generally surprised to see how educated and modern their Arab counterparts are, and the Arabs are in a way "happy" to see that Jewish teenagers are not as "European" and "arrogant" as they often assume. On the intercultural level ther positive effects come with discussion on culture in the sense of folklore, but when it comes to values and norms there are someone negative impressions (the dissagreements are mostly between Jewish girls and Arab boys on issues of woman's status). Contemporary Jewish-Arab encoutner programs, mostly from political reasons, try to focus as much as possible on the intergroup-level of the conflict - to discuss about Jewish-Arab relations in Israe and the national Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Here I'm often dissapointed to see how little Jewish high school students know about their own "historical-national narrative", so that in this discussions the Arabs, who are much more dominant, are usually confronted with silence or general Zionist slogans. But in any case, in both sides the effects are negative - the Jews are amazed to see that Arab citizens of Israel, as you mentioned, are actually Palestinians and anti-Zionists, which makes them believe less that peace is possible, and the Arabs are empowered by the dialogue (sometimes this is actually a declared goal of the conducting institutes) and think that they should be even more extreme in their anti-Israeli attitudes. So eventually, these encounters don't contribute much to the resolution of the conflict or to improve relations on the macro level, but I think that it is still important to have them (the disillusionment is also important...).
At 3:23am on June 25, 2009, Maor said…
I am very happy to learn about the T.E.A.M. and I also agree with your post in the Israel-Palestinian peace group. We are perhaps in a rather "hostile" environment here, but it's very important to be here and try to balance things...
At 11:14pm on May 3, 2009, Melissa Wu said…
Yes, thank you very much. It is quite a compliment since your resume is very impressive as well. I am going to Israel this summer to study law and hope to learn as much as I can to help with conflict resolution. Nice to meet you.
 
 
 

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