Miko Peled, author of The General’s Son, was born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a well-known Zionist family. His maternal grandfather signed the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father, Matti Peled, fought in the1948 Israeli War of Independence, and was a general in 1967 during the Six Day War when Israel conquered Gaza, the Golan Heights, the Sinai, and the West Bank. Later, General Peled became a peace activist, a leading proponent of an Israeli dialog with the PLO.
About Miko Peled
Miko Peled grew up in this highly political insider’s milieu. A young patriot, he volunteered for a Special Forces Commando unit in the Israeli Defense Forces, service he later came to regret.
The death of his niece Smadar, 12, in a suicide attack in Jerusalem in 1997 was the starting point for the remarkable, personal story of a man who sought justice not through revenge, but through understanding-– an understanding that transformed his heart, and ushered him into a singular life of pro-peace activism and, some would say, risk.
Educated in Israel, Japan, and the United States, Peled is an accomplished professional martial arts practitioner. He holds a sixth degree black belt in karate, which he teaches at his dojo in Southern California.
Peled authors a blog that is dedicated to creating peace between Israelis and Palestinians, to tearing down Israel’s separation wall, and advocating equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians. He is an accomplished public speaker who has lectured at universities in the United States and elsewhere and has appeared on numerous radio talk shows. He was filmed for a 2002 Israeli documentary and more recently he was featured on a 30-minute video from Alternate Focus that became wildly popular on YouTube.
Videos of Miko Peled
Miko Peled is a peace activist who dares to say in public what others still choose to deny. Born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a well known Zionist family, his grandfather, Dr. Avraham Katsnelson was a Zionist leader and signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His Father, Matti Peled, was a young officer in the war of 1948 and a general in the war of 1967 when Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and Sinai.
Miko’s unlikely opinions reflect his father’s legacy. General Peled was a war hero turned peacemaker.
Miko grew up in Jerusalem, a multi-ethnic city, but had to leave Israel before he made his first Palestinian friend, the result of his participation in a dialogue group in California. He was 39.
On September 4, 1997 the beloved Smadar, 13, the daughter of Miko’s sister Nurit and her husband Rami Elhanan was killed in a suicide attack.
Peled insists that Israel/Palestine is one state—the separation wall notwithstanding, massive investment in infrastructure, towns and highways that bisect and connect settlements on the West Bank, have destroyed the possibility for a viable Palestinian state. The result, Peled says is that Israelis and Palestinians are governed by the same government but live under different sets of laws.
At the heart of Peled’s conclusion lies the realization that Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace as equals in their shared homeland.
July 28, 2014 Jadaliyya “Joint Declaration by International Law Experts on Israel’s Gaza Offensive,” initiated and signed by Richard Falk, author of Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope
July 21, 2014 Truth-Out “Blood on American Hands: Richard Falk on Palestine” featuring Richard Falk, author of Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope