Jennifer Bing has worked with AFSC’s Palestine-Israel Program since 1989. Based in Chicago, she organizes events, national speaking tours, exhibits and trainings, and coordinates AFSC’s education and advocacy work on the campaigns Israeli Military Detention: No Way to Treat a Child and Gaza Unlocked. In this role, she works closely with faith organizations and human rights groups throughout the U.S.
During her time at AFSC, Jennifer has created two documentary films focused on the Palestinian-American community, “Benaat Chicago: Growing up Arab and Female in Chicago” (1996) and “Collecting Stories from Exile: Chicago Palestinians Remember 1948” (1999); and helped produce the recent documentary on Palestinian child detention “Detaining Dreams” (2015). Jennifer has mentored over 100 interns interested in the Middle East in the Chicago office and helped community and student groups focus their efforts on Middle East advocacy.
Prior to AFSC, Jennifer worked as a volunteer teacher at the Ramallah Friends School in the West Bank, as a researcher on child rights with Save the Children, and a coordinator of seminars with Gene Sharp and the Program on Nonviolent Sanctions at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
Jennifer has appeared in numerous media outlets including Truthout, Worldview/WBEZ, Mondoweiss, Electronic Intifada, Alternet, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Friends Journal, and The Washington Post. She is also a regular contributor to AFSC’s Acting in Faith and News and Commentary blogs.