Exiled Syrian reform leader to speak in Jerusalem

The exiled president of Syria's Reform Party, Farid Ghadry, will speak at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Sunday, June 10, in what is to be his first public address during his five-day visit to Israel. Ghadry will present his address on "Visions for Peace Between Two Peoples" at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University. Ghadry will be accompanied by fellow Reform Party members, Kurdish nuclear scientist Hussein Saado and the Reform Party's European spokesman Marc Hussein. The event will take place at 4 p.m. in the New Conference Room on the ground floor of the Truman Institute on Mount Scopus. Farid Ghadry is a native Syrian, an ex-Saudi Arabian, a reformist Sunni Muslim and elected leader of the Reform Party of Syria. At the age of 17, he was arrested by Syrian intelligence and imprisoned because he rebelled against the military police after an attempt to arrest him for civil disobedience. To this day, Ghadry is still pursued by Syrian intelligence. Ghadry became a US citizen in 1982. Ghadry is an outspoken critic of the current Syrian regime and believes that the country is a breeding ground for terrorism and needs to strike peace with Israel. He is a proponent of Islamic reform, economic and political liberalization and democracy.