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Richard Goodwin, Middle East Peace Dialogue Network, on Enrichment Hour

My guest on THE ENRICHMENT HOUR for Sunday, March 22nd is DR. RICHARD GOODWIN, Chairman and Founder of the Middle East Peace Dialogue Network, Inc. (www.MEPDN.org), who has focused on making Middle East peace a reality since the early 1980′s. He has supported more than 75 Jewish and Palestinian groups in Israel that promote dialogue, cooperation and tolerance throughout the years.

Show airs at 1 PM Eastern, 12 Noon Central, 11 AM Mountain; and 10 AM Pacific. To listen live at designated time zone hour, go to: www.WSRadio(dot)com, then click on STUDIO B/Live. The show will also be archived starting Tuesday, 3/24.

One of these groups is Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the “Oasis of Peace” (http://www.nswas.org). Richard sits on the Board of Directors of this community of 60 families. Located mid-way between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, NS-WAS is half Palestinian and half Jewish, all with Israeli citizenship, democratically governed by two elected committees. The village’s mission is to demonstrate that Jews and Palestinians can live together.

Richard was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1928. He resides in Snowmass Village, Colorado. He has one daughter, two sons and three grandchildren.

In 1948, Richard graduated from Drexel University with Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce and Engineering. He entered the building business in association with his father and brother in 1950. During the 1950′s, the company constructed single-family homes in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. In the early 1960′s, they expanded into land development, sewer and water company and neighborhood shopping center construction, becoming Goodwin Enterprises.

Ramblewood on the Green, the company’s major project, broke ground in Mt. Laurel Township, New Jersey in 1960. The project began with single-family homes built adjacent to Ramblewood Country Club. Townhouses, apartments and condominiums followed in the 1970′s.

Over several decades, Goodwin Enterprises built more than 5,000 homes and apartments as well as developed 15,000 lots for other builders. In the 1970′s, the company expanded into southeastern PA where they built 600 HUD townhouses and 400 conventional apartments. Richard became the sole owner after his father’s death in 1974. His brother left the company in 1962.

Richard served his local and state Home Builder’s Associations as President. He served the National Association of Home builders as Vice President. He is a founder of the National Housing Endowment. He is the creator of the Ethel Lawrence Endowment at Rutgers University Law School honoring the “Mount Laurel Decision” that spread affordable housing throughout America.

Richard has been a long time fundraiser for the United Way of Burlington County, New Jersey and is a member of the Million Dollar Roundtable. He is the founder of the Goodwin Holocaust Museum of Delaware Valley, the Goodwin Holocaust Education Center in Cherry Hill, NJ, and a founder of the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia. He is the benefactor of the Richard C. Goodwin College of Professional Studies at Drexel University which awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters. Richard also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam. He is a member of J Street’s Advisory Council.

As founder and chairman of the Goodwin Foundation, Richard has supported more than 100 organizations, programs and institutions throughout the United States. He has raised more than $1 million for prostate cancer research and is the benefactor of the Richard C. Goodwin Daycare Center at the Maasai Heritage Preservation Foundation in Kenya, Africa.

The vision of The Middle East Peace Dialogue Network believes that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is essential to Israel’s survival as the national home of the Jewish people and as a vibrant democracy. It believes that supporting dialogue, reconciliation, and tolerance activities and programs which encourage Israeli-Palestinian interaction is essential to long term peace.

* Promote a comprehensive Regional Peace Plan based on the recommendations of the Geneva Accords, the Geneva Annexes and/or the Arab Peace Initiative as a road map to a negotiated two state solution.
* Support voter identification, education and mobilization campaigns in preparation for Israeli Elections Identify, support and promote emerging pro-Israel, pro two state solution leaders in Israel and the United States
* Support joint Israeli/Palestinian dialogue groups, activities, programs and events promoting recognition and understanding of the other side’s narrative, needs and rights
* Challenge stereotypes, mistrust and fear by bringing together Israeli/Israeli Arab children for social encounters and interactions focused on community and cooperative activities

Richard Goodwin’s Dream is that out of the mist will appear a huge conference table. Representatives of the 22 nation Arab League and the new state of Palestine will be sitting around the table, Israel in the middle of the group. They will all be signing “Peace Agreements,” exchanging Ambassadors, Trade Agreements, Mutual Defense posts, arranging cultural exchanges of people and ideas, the list goes on.

Also at the signing will be representatives of the United Nations and NATO to establish DMZs and, where appropriate, preparing plans to monitor them.

In the center of the table will rest a giant peace purse — $100 billion Peace Prize. It will help support the economy of the new state of Palestine and help Israel to pay for its “peace expenses.” The money will be raised and distributed by an International Commission. This Peace Prize will use the Marshall Plan model established after WWII, a combination of loans and grants for peace.