The Soho Forum Debates

Reason/Soho Forum Debate About Israel and Palestine, March 18

The resolution: "To resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel must first achieve defeat of the Palestinian movement."


Soho Forum

To resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel must first achieve defeat of the Palestinian movement.

That's the resolution up for debate at the next Soho Forum, which takes places on Monday, March 19 at Subculture Theater in New York. Reason is proud to co-sponsor The Soho Forum, a monthly Oxford-style debate series that "features topics of special interest to libertarians and…aims to enhance social and professional ties within the NYC libertarian community." In an Oxford-style debate, the audience is polled before and after the discussion. The winner is whichever debater pulled more people to his side.

Tickets cost between $12 and $24 and must be purchased online (go here now). Admission gives access to a free buffet of light food and access to a cash bar with wine, beer, and soft drinks. Enter the discount code "reason" and get 25 percent off your ticket price!

The debate will be moderated by the Soho Forum's Gene Epstein and will feature a set by libertarian comedian and podcaster Dave Smith specifically tailored to the night's topic.

Here is information about the evening's debaters.

For the affirmative:

Elan Journo is a Fellow and Director of Policy Research at the Ayn Rand Institute. His latest book is What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. He is co-author of Failing to Confront Islamic Totalitarianism, a contributor to Defending Free Speech, and editor of Winning the Unwinnable War. Follow him on twitter @elanjourno, Facebook: elan.journo and reach out at

For the negative:

Major Danny Sjursen is a U.S. Army strategist and former history instructor at West Point. He served tours with reconnaissance units in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He has written a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, Ghostriders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge. He lives with his wife and four sons near Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Follow him on Twitter at @SkepticalVet.

And here is information about venue and start time:

Cash bar opens at 5:45pm
Event starts at 6:30pm
Subculture Theater
45 Bleecker St,
NY, 10012

Seating must be reserved in advance.

Remember to use the discount code 'reason' to get a 25 percent discount!

Each Soho Forum is recorded and released as a Reason TV video and a podcast (go here to subscribe to the Reason Podcast). Here's video of last month's Reason/Soho Forum debate, featuring fomer BB&T head John Allison and Moody's Mark Zandi debating the cause of the 2008 financial crisis.