Washington, DC | www.adc.org | September 27, 2021- The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is excited to announce that the Keynote Speaker for the 2021 Alex Odeh Memorial Gala will be Mr. Miko Peled, considered by many to be one of the clearest voices calling for justice in Palestine. ADC is honored to be joined by Mr. Peled — a writer and human rights activist born and raised in Jerusalem. Mr. Peled is a strong supporter and advocate of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), as well as the creation of a single democracy with equal rights on all of historic Palestine. Mr. Peleds full bio is below.
Driven by a personal family tragedy to explore Palestine, its people and their narrative he has written a book about his journey called “The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.” Ralph Nader wrote: “The story of Miko Peled, his mother and father, reveals how facts, compassion and a universal sense of justice took hold and inspires this energetic and informed voice for peace.” Pulitzer prize winner journalist Seymour Hersh called it “A brilliantly rendered saga.
The ADC Alex Odeh Gala will be held on the evening of October 9th in Anaheim, CA as part of the ADC Alex Odeh Memorial Conference. To register for the conference, and get your tickets to the Gala, please click here. The full conference schedule, including panel sessions, can be found by clicking here.
The conference will be taking place October 8th through the 9th at the Delta Hotel in Garden Grove, California. Click here to book a hotel room using ADC’s special hotel rate of $140 per night!
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Miko Peled is a writer and human rights activist born and raised in Jerusalem. He is considered by many to be one of the clearest voices calling for justice in Palestine, supports the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), as well as the creation of a single democracy with equal rights on all of historic Palestine.
Driven by a personal family tragedy to explore Palestine, its people and their narrative he published his first book in 2012 called “The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.” The book covers the work Peled’s family had been involved since his grandparents immigrated to Palestine in the early 20th century, as part of the Zionist project, describing their work and their life in detail. Notably, Peled’s maternal grandfather was a signer on the Israeli Declaration of Independence, and his father was a General in the Israeli army.
In 2017 Peled published his second book, “Injustice, The Story of The Holy Land Foundation Five” describing the persecution and the closure of what was America’s largest Muslim charity organization, The Holy Land Foundation, and the subsequent trials and convictions of five innocent Palestinian Muslim-Americans.
Injustice is a must-read book for anyone who wants to know how after 9/11, the US criminal justice system has been undermined and become another tool utilized by the pro-Israeli camp to silence and intimidate Palestinian Americans. Peled thoroughly presents the decade long campaign to criminalize the giving of humanitarian aid to other Palestinians living in poor communities and squalid refugee camps, and how the US government has failed to uphold its ideals as these men came to the US for freedom, only to be ultimately denied their freedom.
Peled is a contributor to Mint Press News, authors a blog, and hosts a podcast at Pateron/mikopeled.com dedicated to tearing down the separation wall, the right of return and advocating the creation of one democratic state with equal rights. He travels regularly to Palestine and he has been arrested several times by the Israeli authorities for his activities.
Educated in Jerusalem, Japan and the United States, Peled was a professional martial artist. He holds a sixth-degree black belt in karate. For 23 years Peled operated a martial arts school that was dedicated to teaching leadership skills and non-violent conflict resolution through martial arts.
In 2012 Peled sold his school and is now dedicating his time to writing third book, speaking around the world, and activism focused on transforming the racist Zionist regime in Palestine into a democracy with equal rights.
For more on Miko’s work please go to Mikopeled.com. To enquire about speaking, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.