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Mahmoud Abbas, President of Palestine, in the Great Hall

Monday, September 22, 2014, 6 - 8pm

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Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank, on July 23, 2014. State Department photo/Public Domain

Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank, on July 23, 2014. State Department photo/Public Domain

Mahmoud Abbas, president of Palestine, is scheduled to speak to students and community leaders at The Cooper Union in New York on Monday, September 22, on his vision of peace between Palestine and Israel.

You can watch a live webcast of the event here.

The speech will take place at 6 p.m. in the historic Great Hall of The Cooper Union, located on 7th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues in Manhattan.

Mr. Abbas is expected to cover the following topics in his remarks:

  • His view on how peace and inter-religious co-existence can flourish in Israel and Palestine with the help of the next generation.
  • Why nonviolent protest is the best method by which Palestinians should seek their rights.
  • Why terrorism as practiced by Al Qaeda on 9/11 and ISIS is inconsistent with Islam.

The speech may be viewed with live streaming on The Cooper Union website:

Most of the available seating will be reserved for students of The Cooper Union and other local universities, as well as youth groups from local churches, synagogues and mosques. 

A limited number of seats will be made available to members of the public on a space-available basis. Those interested should be on hand at the Great Hall by 5 p.m. on the night of the event. All attendees must bring a government-issued photo ID to gain admission to the hall. All ticket holders will be asked to be in their seats by 5:30 p.m.

The speech is hosted by The Cooper Union in cooperation with Churches for Middle East Peace, a non-partisan coalition of national church groups that conducts education and advocacy in support of non-violence and negotiations to end the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

Mr. Abbas will speak to the United Nations General Assembly later this month.

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.