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Chicago Middle East Program - Events

Chicago Middle East Program - Events

Monday, March 29, 2010 - 7:10pm

"We oppose the use of violence to resolve human conflicts. We grieve for each precious life lost or shattered. We mourn especially the civilians - Israeli and Palestinian - who have been killed and we condemn without reservation the acts of violence that have struck them down in the course of their daily lives." - From When the Rain Returns: Towards Justice and Reconciliation in Palestine and Israel


Mock Congressional Hearing: Does U.S. Policy on Israel and Palestine Uphold our Values? (click here for flyer)

An Initiative of the American Friends Service Committee

WHEN:  Sunday, April 18
WHERE:  Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago
                1212 E. 59th Street
Refreshments will be served.  Space is limited.  Registration Required.
To register, go to

The Chicago Hearing is modeled after a Congressional hearing and will be webcast live at  The event will bring together witnesses to tell seldom-heard stories from Israel-Palestine that raise critical questions about the effects of U.S. policies in the region.
The Hearing will center on three issues, to which Israeli, Palestinian and American witnesses will testify.

On Property Rights: Jeff Halper, Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

On Freedom of Movement, Association and Speech: Jad Isaac, Palestinian Director of the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem

On Military Aid: Cindy Corrie, whose daughter, Rachel Corrie, was killed by a Caterpillar bulldozer during an Israeli government house demolition in Gaza; Amer Shurrab, a Palestinian from Gaza studying in the U.S. whose two brothers were killed in Operation Cast Lead.

A Listener Panel of public officials, academics and faith leaders will ask questions and make comments following the testimonies. Listener Panel invitees include Congressmen Jesse Jackson, Jr., and Bobby Rush, whose districts include Hyde Park, and Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Roland Burris.  

Confirmed panelists include:

John J. Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago;

Barbara Ransby, Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies, African American Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Cantor Michael Davis, Member of the Jewish Fast for Gaza

Ghada Talhami, ProfessorEmerita, Lake Forest College

Zaher Sahloul, M.D., Chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago

For more information contact Jennifer Bing-Canar at or 312.427.2533 x19.

Contact Information: 

312.427.2533 x19