Miko Peled is the son of late Israeli General Mattityahu (Matti) Peled, outspoken critic of Israeli occupation of the territories conquered in the 1967 war-- which he masterminded. Matti Peled learned Arabic and taught Arabic literature at the University of Tel Aviv.
Miko's sister, scholar Nurit Peled-Elhanan, has written about racism in Israeli schoolbooks. Miko is author of "The General's Son", about his family's transformation from Zionists to peace advocates-- about his grandparents, his father's controversial support of peacemaking, his own army experience, the tragic death of his niece (Nurit's daughter) in a suicide bombing, which moved him to become an activist for reconciliation and peace.
Rami Khouri is Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, editor at large of the English-language newspaper The Daily Star (Beirut), Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut.