In Conversation with Peter Beinart

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Join Jewish Currents Editor at Large Peter Beinart in a conversation with Kenneth Stern, Prof. Susan Neiman, and Prof. Saree Makdisi about how to define anti-semitism.
Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
Time: 9:00 am (PDT) / 12:00 pm (EST)
Location: On-line
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Tickets: Free, must register
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Jewish Currents Editor at Large Peter Beinart will be joined by several panelists to talk about how to define anti-semitism.

The first guest is Kenneth Stern, director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate, who drafted the controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-semitism, but has criticized its misuse. The second guest will be Professor Susan Neiman, Director of the Einstein Forum, one of the signers of the new Jerusalem Declaration on anti-semitism. The third guest will be UCLA Professor of English Saree Makdisi.

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St Marks Mideast Focus Ministry Film Series: ‘TIL KINGDOM COME

Screen Shot 2021-02-15 at 6.49.12 PMPlease join our brothers and sisters at St. Marks Episcopal Church (Seattle) Mideast Focus Ministry group for a series of films in spring 2021.  The next film:

‘Til Kingdom Come

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In this provocative look at strange political bedfellows, Israeli filmmaker Maya Zinshtein (Forever Pure, DOC NYC 2016) investigates the political alliance between American evangelicals and Israel’s right wing, and their influence on the Trump administration’s foreign policy. Why do American church leaders encourage parishioners to make donations to Israel, even from poor communities? Because they believe Israel’s expansion will play a key role in end-times prophecy, when Christians will be saved and others—including Jews—will perish.

The discussion will include special guests: Rochelle Watson and Jonathan Brenneman, of Friends of Sabeel North America

Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Time: To get a link to watch the film at your convenience, send a message to seattlemideastfocus@gmail.com

You will get the link around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7 and have until 8 p.m. on Friday, April 9, to watch the film. Watch the film on your own and join the discussion on April 9 at 8 p.m. using this Zoom link.

Information: Additional information and list of all films here →
Tickets: Free, must register
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Summary:

  1. Send an email to seattlemideastfocus@gmail.com to get a link to the film
  2. Watch the film between Apr 7 –  April 9th at 8pm
  3. Join the discussion on 4/9 at 8:00pm via this Zoom link.

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Apartheid Then and Now: A Conversation with South African and Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Activists

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) and United Methodists for Kairos Response (UMKR) for this conversation: What is apartheid? How are the South African and Palestinian experiences the same? Different? How can and should apartheid be opposed?
       
  Wednesday, March 10, 2021  
  10:00am (PST) ; 1:00pm (EST)  
  Webinar  
  Webinar Registration Link  
  Free, must register  
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Rev. Kelvin Sauls was born and raised in townships south of Johannesburg, South Africa and became a leader in the anti-apartheid movement through his local Methodist Youth Fellowship. After a career in pastoral ministry he now serves as the Network Strategist at Community Health Councils in Los Angeles and is a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Institute for Racial Equity where he is engaged in faith-rooted multi-racial and multi-faith community organizing through sacred resistance and moral re-imagination. Rev. Sauls hosts a monthly podcast, “Faith Without Borders,” is a Co-Founder of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration https://baji.org/ and serves on the boards of multiple movement-building organizations working towards a more just, fairer and inclusive society. After a 2008 Holy Land pilgrimage, he joined the United Methodist effort to oppose the occupation of Palestine.

Sandra Tamari is a Palestinian, a lifelong advocate for Palestinian rights. In 2012, Israel barred her from entering Palestine because of her activism. A specialist in Arab studies and education, she is currently the Executive Director of the Adalah Justice Project, a Palestinian advocacy organization based in the U.S. that incorporates the struggle for Palestinian rights into existing liberation movements around the world. Sandra, based in St Louis, organized the Palestinian contingent to Ferguson in 2014 in response to the killing of Mike Brown. She was co-chair of the Steering Committee for the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights from 2015-2018.

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Film: EAST JERUSALEM/WEST JERUSALEM

Screen Shot 2021-02-15 at 6.49.12 PMPlease join our brothers and sisters from St. Marks Episcopal Church (Seattle) Mideast Focus Ministry group for a series of films over the next 3 months.  The next film:

East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem

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Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza sets out to realize his dream of cooperation and dialog between Israelis and Palestinians through music. During 8 days and nights of joint creation by his mixed Jewish and Muslim band in an East Jerusalem studio, a hopeful message of equality and unity arises. Featuring Steve Earle and Mira Awad.

with host: Filmmaker David Wild

very special guest: David Broza, one of the musicians in the film, joining from Israel

Date: Friday, March 5, 2021
Time: To get a link to watch the film at your convenience, send a message to seattlemideastfocus@gmail.com

You will get the link around 4pm on Wednesday, March 3rd and have until 8:00 on Friday, March 5 to watch the film. The discussion will begin at 8:00pm

Information: Additional information and list of all films here →
Tickets: Free, must register
Event Details

Summary:

  1. Send an email to seattlemideastfocus@gmail.com to get a link to the film
  2. Watch the film between 4pm on 3/3 and 8:00pm on 3/5
  3. Join the discussion on 3/5 at 8:00pm via this Zoom link.
  4. If you are watching the film right before the discussion, then start it by 6:30pm since it is 80 minutes

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Beyond the Two State Solution: Book Talk and Discussion

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Book “Beyond the Two-State Solution” by Jonathan Kuttab

Please join our brothers and sisters at Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace (PCAP) for a discussion with with author, Jonathan Kuttab, PCAP Board Member, international human rights lawyer, and co-founder of the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq and Miko Peled, author and leading advocate for Palestinian rights and boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS.). Jonathan will be interviewed by Miko Peled about his vision.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
11:00 am Pacific Time Zone/ 2:00 pm Eastern Time Zone
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Jonathan Kuttab’s new book is a short introduction to the crisis in Palestine-Israel, which has been characterized by the competing visions of Zionism and Palestinian nationalism. While many thought the two-state solution would offer a resolution, Jonathan explains that the two-state solution (that he supported) is no longer viable. He suggests that any solution be predicated on the basic existential needs of the two parties, which he lays out in exceptional detail. He formulates a way forward for a one-state solution that challenges both Zionism and Palestinian nationalism. This book invites readers to begin a new conversation based on reality: two peoples will need to live together in some sort of unified state. It is balanced and accessible to neophytes and to experts alike.

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Who’s at the CHECKPOINT?

Screen Shot 2021-02-15 at 6.49.12 PMPlease join our brothers and sisters from St. Marks Episcopal Church (Seattle) Mideast Focus Ministry group for a film series of 7 films over the next 3 months.  The first film:

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The film follows Jewish-Israeli human-rights lawyer Lea Tsemel as she navigates through the Israeli judicial system in defense of Palestinian political prisoners.  The film includes archival footage of past cases Tsemel was involved in over a five-decade long career; interviews with Tsemel and her family members, including her husband, Michel Warschawski and their daughter and son, as well as interns and associates at Tsemel’s law firm; and closely follows two contemporary cases represented by Tsemel and her co-counsel, Tareq Barghout.

Following the film there will be a discussion with host John McKay, Former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington and special guest Lea Tsemel, the subject of the film!

Date: Friday, February 19, 2021
Time: To get a link to watch the film at your convenience, send a message to seattlemideastfocus@gmail.com

You will get the link around 4pm on Wednesday, February 17th and have until 8:30 on Friday, February 19th to watch the film. The discussion will begin at 8:30pm

Information: Additional information and list of all films here →
Tickets: Free, must register
Event Details

Summary:

  1. Send an email to seattlemideastfocus@gmail.com to get a link to the film
  2. Watch the film between 4pm on 2/17 and 8:30pm on 2/19
  3. Join the discussion on 2/19 at 8:30pm via this Zoom link.
  4. If you are watching the film right before the discussion, then start it by 6:30pm since it is almost two hours long.

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Online Book Launch: Decolonizing Israel, Liberating Palestine by Jeff Halper

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Please join Jeff Halper and chair Yasmin Alibhai Brown for the launch event of his latest book Decolonizing Israel, Liberating Palestine: Zionism, Settler Colonialism, and the Case for One Democratic State, published by Pluto Press and co-hosted by The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).
Wednesday, Jan 27, 2021
7:00 pm UK time / 11:00 am PST
Webinar Online
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Must register, Sliding Fee 
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For decades we have spoken of the ‘Israel-Palestine conflict’, but what if our understanding of the issue has been wrong all along? This book explores how the concept of settler colonialism provides a clearer understanding of the Zionist movement’s project to establish a Jewish state in Palestine, displacing the Palestinian Arab population and marginalizing its cultural presence.

Jeff Halper argues that the only way out of a colonial situation is decolonization: the dismantling of Zionist structures of domination and control and their replacement by a single democratic state, in which Palestinians and Israeli Jews forge a new civil society and a shared political community.

To show how this can be done, Halper uses the 10-point program of the One Democratic State Campaign as a guide for thinking through the process of decolonization to its post-colonial conclusion. Halper’s unflinching reframing will empower activists fighting for the rights of the Palestinians and democracy for all.

Jeff Halper is the head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and a founding member of the One Democratic State Campaign. He is the author of War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification (Pluto, 2015), An Israeli in Palestine (Pluto, 2010), Obstacles to Peace (ICAHD, 2003 and subsequent editions) and Redemption and Revival: The Jewish Yishuv in Jerusalem in the Nineteenth Century (Westview, 1991).

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a prominent political and social commentator, a journalist, an author and an Orwell Prize and National Press Awards winner. A regular columnist for the i and feature writer for the Sunday Times Magazine, she is the editor of Biteback’s Provocations series, for which she wrote Refusing the Veil in 2014 and In Defence of Political Correctness in 2018. Her other works include Exotic England, which tells the story of a nation that has always been diverse and hybrid

Register through Eventbrite to receive a link to the stream before the event. It will start at 19:00 GMT. You can also find the event on Pluto Press’ YouTube channel. The event will be recorded and uploaded to the channel after the event too.

Signed book plates are available for attendees based in the UK, just choose the relevant ticket type. Once your signed book plate ticket has been purchased, please email kierano@plutobooks.com with your address and we will post a paperback copy of Jeff’s latest book along with the book plate. These will be posted after the event and may take a couple of weeks to arrive.

The book is also available to order worldwide from our website. Attendees of this event can get £5 (or USD equivalent) off the paperback, using the coupon code HALPER5 at the checkout.

Order your copy of the book here

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The USA and Israel/Palestine Post-Trump: What are American Jews thinking today?

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Ottawa Forum on Israel Palestine for a wide ranging interview with Phil Weiss, founder of Mondoweiss and one of America’s most astute observers of Israel, Palestine and US policy. He will discuss what’s happening today in the US on the Israel/Palestine file.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
7:30 pm EST / 4:30 pm PST
Zoom Webinar
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Free, registration required
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Donald Trump’s four years as president will be remembered for many things – not the least of which is the changed US relation with Israel. Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing Israeli control over the West Bank, and proposing the “Deal of the Century”, America moved closer than ever to the most right-wing elements in Israeli society. AIPAC and the pro-settler lobby appeared to be in the ascendant in the USA.

However, a strong backlash has developed. American Jews – including organizations like Jewish Voice for Peace, If Not Now and various campus-based organizations are taking stronger and stronger stands as NON Zionists or even anti-Zionists. Stronger pro-Palestinian voices are being heard in Democratic Party circles, as people like Bernie Sanders openly criticize both Israel and Trump’s support for Israeli aggressions.

Any resolution to the Israel/Palestine conflict will depend on the USA. As long as the USA gives diplomatic, economic and military support to Israel, the Palestinians have little chance of seeing justice. However, if American support diminishes, all bets are off.

In this wide ranging interview, Phil Weiss, one of America’s most astute observers of Israel, Palestine and US policy, will discuss what’s happening today in the US on the Israel/Palestine file.

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An Army Like No Other: How the Israeli Defense Forces Made a Nation

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Please join this webinar event organized by the Independent Jewish Voice (IJV) Anti-militarism Working Group in collaboration with Independent Jewish Voices Canada.  The IDF has been a central force in the creation of Israel and in the dispossession & suppression of Palestinians.
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Time: 11am PST / 2pm EST / 7pm GMT
Location: Webinar
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The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) was established in 1948 by David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, who believed that “the whole nation is the army”. In his mind, the IDF was to be an army like no other. It was the instrument that might transform a diverse population into a new people.

In an insightful new history of the IDF, An Army Like No Other: How the Israel Defense Forces Made a Nation, Israeli author Haim Bresheeth-Zabner argues that the state of Israel has been formed out of its wars. He also gives an account of his own experiences as a young conscript during the 1967 war, and shows how the IDF has used its military and scientific advantage at the expense of indigenous Palestinians and other perceived enemies.

Bresheeth-Zabner will be joined in conversation with Judith Deutsch. Their conversation will be moderated by Lia Tarachansky.

Professor Haim Bresheeth-Zabner is a Filmmaker, Photographer, Film Studies Scholar, and Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He is the editor of The Gulf War and the New World Order, (with Nira Yuval-Davis), and the author of The Holocaust for Beginners (with Stuart Hood). His most recent book is, An Army Like No Other: How the Israel Defense Forces Made a Nation.

Judith Deutsch is a psychoanalyst in Toronto. She has written many articles for the public, including on the military and Israel, the military and climate change, and nuclear weapons. Her work was featured at the Gaza Community Health Programme/World Health Organization “Bridges not Walls” meeting shortly before Operation Cast Lead.

Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli-Canadian, Soviet-born journalist and filmmaker. She has directed and produced several films about the impact of Zionism on the most marginalized in Palestine/Israel. Her work can be seen on http://www.liatarachansky.com and http://www.naretivproductions.com. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Media Studies at Toronto’s York University.

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Nonviolence International’s webinar series: Jonathan Kuttab’s Booklet Launch – We Are All Part of One Another

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Book “Beyond the Two-State Solution” by Jonathan Kuttab

Please join Nonviolence International with the roll out of  Jonathan Kuttab’s short book, Beyond The Two-State Solution which has had an overwhelmingly positive response.  Kuttab is co-founder of Nonviolence International, a well-known international human rights attorney who has practiced in the US, Palestine, and Israel. He was the head of the Legal Committee negotiating the Cairo Agreement of 1994 between Israel and the PLO.
Wednesday, December 16,  2020
8:00 am – 9:30 am (PST) / 11:00 am (EST)
Webinar
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Free, please RSVP 
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PANELISTS:

Jonathan Kuttab is co-founder of Nonviolence International and a co-founder of the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq. A well-known international human rights attorney, he has practiced in the US, Palestine, and Israel. He serves on the Board of Bethlehem Bible College and is President of the Board of Holy Land Trust. He is co-founder and board member of the Just Peace Advocates. He was the head of the Legal Committee negotiating the Cairo Agreement of 1994 between Israel and the PLO.

Azmera Hammouri-Davis is a writer, poet, producer, and artist-educator from Keaáu, Hawaii. She has a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.

Robert Herbst is a human rights lawyer in New York City and a member of the Westchester, New York chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. He has been speaking and writing on Israel-Palestine since Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014. Before moving to Westchester, Bob served on the Board and Executive Committee of Congregation Bnai Jeshurun on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and as Chair of its Social Action Committee.

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, one of the first women to become a rabbi in Jewish history, is a “visionary” Jewish educator, feminist, community organizer, peace activist, writer, klezmer dancer, percussionist, visual and ceremonial artist, and master storyteller. She writes on the cover of Jonathan’s book, “some are trapped by the past. This book opens the gate to the future.

HOST:

David Hart is Nonviolence International’s Co-Director. David is an experienced progressive movement leader, conflict resolution practitioner, and nonprofit manager. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Conflict Resolution and Director of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Mediation Program at the Key Bridge Foundation. David has served as Executive Director of local, state, and national nonprofit organizations, including Veterans for Peace.

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