House of War:

I Have a Dream

Event Description:

"House of War: I Have a Dream" is an innovative event designed to rekindle the historic collaboration between the African American and Jewish Communities, inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the shared journeys of both communities towards justice and equality. Amid rising tensions and misunderstandings, this gathering aims to explore the complexities of contemporary issues while celebrating the deep-rooted connections that have united African Americans and Jews in the past.

Dr. King, a towering figure in the struggle for civil rights, also emerged as a staunch advocate for Israel's security and a vocal opponent of antisemitism, particularly within the African American community. He once famously stated, “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You're talking antisemitism”​​. This profound declaration underscores the indivisibility of the fight against all forms of bigotry, whether it's racism based on skin color, or one that is fueled by religious, cultural, or ethnic reasons. Dr. King’s vision of peace for Israel as a beacon of democracy and brotherhood in the world​​​​ serves as a guiding light for our discussions.

Our event draws inspiration from his unwavering support for Jewish causes, including his understanding of Zionism as an essential movement for Jewish self-determination in the Jews' indigenous, ancestral homeland. Dr. King's admiration for the Jewish struggle for freedom from a dangerous diaspora into which they were exiled, much like African Americans during the slave trade, illustrates the potent synergies between African American and Jewish quests for justice and dignity​​​​.

Ironically, Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech was given one year prior to the drafting of the PLO Charter by Arafat and the KGB in Russia, which was the inception of the concept of the Palestinian people and the idea of "Palestine" as a state.

Our conversations will shed light on the complexities and history of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and its effect on the slow demise of the relationship between Jews and African Americans. One of the main effects of this Soviet propaganda which was intended to destabilize Israel and the United States was the fracturing of American society along the lines of support or opposition to the nascent emerging Palestinian cause.

In highlighting the deepening chasm between African Americans and Jews, we will also seek to find common ground among modern examples of solidarity, such as our similar social and political perspectives, as well as our common disenfranchisement throughout modern American history. We will discuss the support shown by Jewish leaders and the broader community to African American causes, and the support shown by prominent figures within the African American community towards Jews and Israelis. Our goal is to deepen mutual understanding and cooperation between our people as we delve into historical and contemporary alliances, challenge misconceptions, and chart a path forward for renewed partnership based on shared values and common goals.

Through keynotes, panel discussions, and interactive audience participation, we will explore strategies to combat antisemitism and racism, highlight the contributions of African Americans and Jews to each other's struggles, and celebrate the rich cultural heritage that binds our communities. "House of War: I Have a Dream" is a call to action to revive the spirit of cooperation that Dr. King exemplified, ensuring that his legacy of unity and mutual respect continues to inspire future generations of Jews and African Americans.

Additional Information:

Please note, this is a live event series, and the forum is a Twitter space with speakers on video and the discussion being broadcasted to YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Twitch. Participating speakers will be able to stream the event to their own social media channels  as well. Audience members will be able to comment and ask questions by posting their comments on various social media platforms, or by direct messaging our staff on Twitter during the event. Appropriate audience questions or comments will be posted live onscreen for our speaker panel to address in real-time.

This event will be moderated in order to endeavor to provide a safe, hate-free forum for learning and education purposes about the Middle East.

Join us as we stand together against discrimination and hate, empowering people worldwide to come together in this critical time of need. This event welcomes individuals of all backgrounds who are committed to truthful dialogue that supports our goal of combating discrimination and promoting understanding and solidarity within our respective communities.

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Daniel Sadan

Host & Producer of live, weekly Twitter space events and podcasts. Started covering geopolitics of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, history, religion, culture, and now I'm doing American  culture & trending topics.  On Twitter @RealDanSadan.
Decades of experience as a human being, and now podcasting what I know.