Approved by the
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East
Board of Directors
May 9, 2003
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, www.spme.net, is a not-for-profit grassroots faculty-to-faculty network of 400 professors and scholars at 175 colleges, universities and institutes world-wide with varying perspectives on the situation in the Middle East.
SPME hopes for a negotiated settlement that will achieve peace and security in the Middle East for all parties involved and welcomes for consideration all proposals intended for that purpose.
SPME believes the principals involved in the negotiations must recognize and support one another’s legitimate rights to live in the region as nations with security and at peace with their neighbors. SPME considers it essential that to this end, all parties negotiate in good faith and that all acts of violence against civilians cease.
SPME believes that to maintain the integrity of the principals who must live with the consequences of any settlement, it is imperative that the principals agree that a settlement has not been imposed, but reflects the negotiated resolved legitimate interests and concerns of all parties.
Consequently, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East’s position on the “Road Map” is that insofar as it, or any other peace proposal, leads to an end to the violence, to mutual recognition and to a permanent and just resolution of the disputes between the state of Israel and the Palestinians and Arab nations of the region will be the degree to which the “Road Map” will be worthy of support.
Edward S. Beck, Ed.D. CCMHC, NCC, LPC President, SPME