Palestinian children stand near the Separation Wall built by Israel.
Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 3:00pm
Samar Sarhan and Fayiz Ahmed Abusharkh
Today, 63 years after the Nakba – the “catastrophe” – wherein 750,000 Palestinians were forced to leave their homes to make way for the newly proclaimed state of Israel, new hope emerges. The United Nations is planning to vote on Palestinian statehood in September 2011.
Samar Sarhan and Fayiz Ahmed Abusharkh will share personal stories of the Nakba – what it meant to them and their families, and what it would mean today to have Palestine declared a state.
AFSC staff of the Palestine Youth Program in Gaza have sent the following message to express their grief at the abduction and killing in Gaza on 14 April 2011 of Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian citizen and member of the International Solidarity Movement.
Mark Braverman is author of Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land. His visit with church leaders in Des Moines is one example of AFSC Iowa's peacebuilding efforts throughout the year.
Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 5:30pm
Mark Braverman is the keynote speaker for the Iowa Methodist Federation for Social Action's Annual Awards Banquet. Dr. Braverman is a charter member of American Jews for a Just Peace, and author of Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land. MFSA's Social Action Award will also be given at the Banquet.
Chicago AFSC volunteers are living out the motto made famous by anthropologist Margaret Meade: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, a Palestinian professor, author and activist currently living in Palestine (the occupied West Bank) will be spea about conditions in the Occupied Territories and about his new book, Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment. There will be Q and A following his talk, as well as books available for purchase and signing.
Anna Baltzer and Sarah El Neweihi (right) meet at the Campus Organizing conference.
by Sarah El Neweihi
When I first heard about the Campus Organizing Conference, I must admit I was a bit skeptical. I have attended numerous conferences related to working for peace and justice in Palestine/Israel, and, while enjoyable, I never felt that I learned anything from the conferences that could be applied in a practical manner. Happily, this was not the case at the Campus Organizing Conference held by the American Friends Service Committee on March 5th in Washington, DC.
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