2017 Middle East Workshops

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Resisting Rising Militarism across the Middle East: A Humanitarian Imperative

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

Fifty years after MLK warned of the dangers of militarism, we face escalating conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and across the region. How can we draw on King’s prophetic urging to go beyond today’s wars to resist the militarization of US and other governments’ foreign policies? 

Speakers:

Raed Jarrar, American Friends Service Committee; Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies; Moderator: David Wildman, Global Ministries, United Methodist Church

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Militarism, Materialism, & Racism in Israel/Palestine

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 3:45 pm

The mission of Tent of Nations is to build bridges between people and between people and the land. Organizers bring different cultures together to develop understanding and promote respect for each other and their shared environment in the hopes of laying the groundwork for peace for both Palestinians and Israelis. Come listen to representatives from Tent of Nations as well… 

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Speakers:

Amal Nassar, Tent of Nations, West Bank; Bill Plitt, Friends of the Tent of Nations North America; Catherine Gordon, Office of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)

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One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State: Beyond Politics and Toward Equality in Palestine and Israel

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 3:45 pm

2017 marks 50 years since Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza and 24 years since the signing of the Oslo Accords. Over the last 50 years, but particularly since the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993, there have been significant changes on the ground in the occupied Palestinian territories that have negatively impacted efforts to achieve peace with… 

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Speakers:

Moderator: David Wildman, Global Ministries, United Methodist Church

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Gaza Unlocked: Stories from Gaza and the Blockade in Context

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017, 2:00 pm

This workshop will look at what life is like for Palestinians in Gaza after ten years living under a crippling military blockade.  It will explore the impacts of the blockade policy on people and institutions in Gaza and why current policy must change.  It will also look at how U.S. and international policies and actions contribute to the continuation of… 

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Speakers:

Laila El-Haddad – co-editor of Gaza Unsilenced (2015), the author of Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between (2010), and co-author of The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey (2013)., which was named Arab Cuisine Book of the Year 2012 by Gourmand magazine. She is an accomplished and engaging public speaker, a talented writer, political analyst, a social activist, parent of three, and a policy advisor for Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network.
 
Mati Gomis-Perez is AFSC Country Representative for Israel and Palestine based in East Jerusalem.  As part of this role she travels weekly to Gaza. Before she joined the AFSC in November 2013, she worked for a number of non-governmental organizations in Spain and the occupied Palestinian territory, for UN Women in New York and Jordan, and the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation in Jerusalem during the Second Intifada.  

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