Kathleen McQuillen, left, and Samar Sarhan were the lead organizers for AFSC's conference on US Policy in Palestine-Israel, held in Ankeny, Iowa in October 2011. To view a slideshow of photos from the conference, click here.
By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator
A recent opinion piece in the Washington Post calls for the US to consider cutting military aid to Israel; Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, takes a bid for Palestinian statehood to the UN; and 35 organizations in Iowa join AFSC in sponsoring a conference to change US policy.
Remi Kanazi performs one of several dramatic readings during the 2011 U.S. Policy in Palestine-Israel Conference in Ankeny, Iowa. Remi is a poet, writer and activist based in New York City. He is the editor of Poets for Palestine and the author of Poetic Justice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine. For a slideshow of photos from the conference, click here.
Olive oil on popcorn, anyone?
Palestine’s olive trees may seem a long way from the cornfields surrounding Ankeny, Iowa. But on a recent crisp fall weekend, a major conference organized by AFSC’s Iowa staff and focusing on US policy in the Middle East brought the two lands closer together in spirit.
Kathleen McQuillen on the Federal Budget and Palestine-Israel
Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, speaks with Fallon Forum guest host Jon Krieg about the federal budget, military overspending and an upcoming interfaith conference on Palestine-Israel.
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