1. To advocate for a sustainable negotiated settlement between Israel and Palestine leading to the establishment of two states as the essential step toward the achievement of peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
2. To encourage all American stake-holders (the U.S. government, opinion makers, and U.S. organizations in the Middle East) to create conditions for effective negotiations.
3. To educate the Syracuse community about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, about Middle Eastern culture, and about efforts of Israelis and Palestinians to live and work together in peace.
4. To educate members about the history, current situation and sentiments of the different communities in the Middle East and in the United States, regarding Israel and Palestine.
SAMED has limited membership, with approximately seven from each of the constituent groups; Jewish Americans, Arab/Palestinian Americans and others who are not Jewish nor Arab/Palestinian.
The Syracuse Area Middle East Dialogue Group was formed over twenty years ago by seven representatives of each of three communities: Palestinians, Jews, and concerned "others." Over those twenty years, we have worked locally, nationally and internationally to promote a peaceful solution to the conflict in the Middle East.We have found this process invigorating, enlightening, challenging, and worthwhile.
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