Jewish Law Student Association Speaker Discusses the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Web Editor - Published: April 3, 2012


“The two-state solution that people are talking about isn’t new – it’s not even close to being new, it goes all the way back to 1937,” said John Elzufon, senior litigator and managing director of Elzufon Austin Reardon Tarlov & Mondell, P.A., as he spoke to students about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Thursday, March 29th in the student lounge off Main Street.

Widener Law’s Jewish Law Students Association sponsored Mr. Elzufon’s talk, which examined the historical underpinnings of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and offered a succinct but comprehensive consideration of the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian viewpoints on the conflict.

The talk began with a look at the history of the area back to the Kingdom of David and Solomon in the 10th Century BCE before moving through history to touch on the rise of modern Zionism in the wake of the Dreyfuss Affair, and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1947 by UN Resolution 181. Elzufon also touched on Islamic radicalism and the role it plays in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A former president of the Jewish Federation of Delaware from 2000-2002 and the chair of the Jewish Community Relations Committee for state of Delaware since 2008, John Elzufon earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army of Engineers in 1969 and 1970, including a tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam, for which he was awarded a Bronze Star.