Washington Metro Objectivism Discussion (WMOD)

                 Saturday, April 24, 2004
    Israel and Palestine: What Objectivism Requires and What It Doesn't 

                    By Irfan Khawaja 

There is a widespread assumption among Objectivists that a
commitment to the Objectivist politics entails a commitment not only
to a generally pro-Israel stance, but allegiance to the Right of the Israeli
political spectrum. This assumption, I contend, is false, and the
sum total of the arguments for it in the Objectivist "literature"
consists of a series of racist stereotypes, blanket generalizations,
historical misstatements, and arguments from intimidation.
To get clear on the proper attitude toward the Israel/Palestine
conflict, we first have to reject the falsehoods that have asserted
themselves, and then have to re-think the issues from scratch--without
falling into mirror-images of the same bad arguments, and without
insisting prematurely on a "solution" to the conflict that can be
implemented in the forseeable future. My talk is an attempt to
begin this process.

Irfan Khawaja is adjunct professor of philosophy at The
College of New Jersey and Mercer County College, and lecturer in
politics at Princeton University. He received his AB in politics
from Princeton University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy
at the University of Notre Dame. He has published essays and reviews
in Reason Papers, Teaching Philosophy, Pakistan Today, Free Inquiry,
and at the websites of the History News Network and Institute for
the Secularisation of Islamic Society. He has also published book
chapters in the volumes LEAVING ISLAM: APOSTATES SPEAK OUT (Prometheus,
(Aldine, 2004).


Please join WMOD on Saturday, April 24.  Anyone who is
interested in rational discussion of Ayn Rand's ideas is welcome.
There will be a $2 charge for the talk if you are not having 
dinner. Note that our meeting location is Metro accessible.  You can
either join us for drinks at 5:30 or for dinner at 6:00 PM or for
the talk at 7:00 PM at the Hunan Palace in Rosslyn, VA
just across the Key Bridge from Georgetown.  The street address is
1812 North Moore Street.  If you come by Metro, get off at the
Rosslyn Metro Exit and the Hunan Palace is only a few feet away.
Take the street exit on N. Moore Street (across street from Roy
Rogers/Burger King), go out of Metro and take a left, and the
Palace is a few feet down N. Moore Street.  If you drive, there is
a parking garage (Allstate) next door to the Palace that is free
weekends, or weekdays after 6:00 PM.  There will be a $15 fixed price
dinner (including tax and tip), or you can order from the menu. 
Please RSVP to WMOD at (703) 820-7696 before noon on the day of
the meeting so that we can tell the restaurant how many tables to
set up and how many to expect for dinner.  For more information,
call the Hunan Palace at (703) 528-8188, or call David Saum
at (703) 820-7696 (W) or (703) 671-5119 (H).  

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