Webinar: Tied in a Single Garment of Destiny: Black Christian Reflections on Palestine

Please join our brothers and sisters for a panel of leaders and activists who will reflect on how triple evils tie together Black and Palestinian stories, our past and present struggles for justice, and the role of the Church and liberation theologies in the march toward freedom.
Date: Thursday, May 21 2020
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm PT
Location: Webinar
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Tickets: Free, must register
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As people of African descent, our struggle against the racism, economic exploitation, and militarism of the United States, what Rev. Dr. King dubbed the “giant triplets,” ties us to the Palestinian people, as they face these giants as well, under Israeli occupation. And today those most harmed by the triple evils are disproportionately impacted by the giant of the COVID-19 public health crisis. It is more apparent than ever that Palestinians and Black Americans are tied in “a single garment of destiny,” what affects one directly affects the other indirectly.

The panel of dynamic thought leaders and activists will reflect on how the triple evils tie together Black and Palestinian stories, our past and present struggles for justice, and the role of the Church and liberation theologies in the march toward freedom. Our panelists include:

  • Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is an Affrilachian (Black Appalachian), working class woman. She is the Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research & Education Center in New Market, TN.
  • Erica N. Williams is an ordained minister, activist and organizer for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
  • Khury Petersen-Smith is the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at Institute for Policy Studies.
  • Nyle Fort is a minister, activist, and Ph.D. candidate in religion and African American studies at Princeton University.
  • Sarah Nahar is a border-walking scholar-activist working on a PhD in Religion and Environmental Studies in Syracuse, NY (traditional Haudenosaunee land).

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Webinar: Peace in the Holy Land, A Palestinian Christian Perspective

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Please join our brothers and sisters on the Israel Palestine Impact Team at Bellevue Presbyterian Church to hear Palestinian Christian Alex Awad delve into questions American evangelical Christians often have about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Date: Friday, May 29, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
PST
Location: Webinar
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Tickets: Free with registration
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After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar.

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Alex Awad spent much of his life in ministry in the Holy Land. He pastored an international church in East Jerusalem and also served many years at Bethlehem Bible College. During the webinar — titled “Peace in the Holy Land, A Palestinian Christian Perspective” — Alex will address questions evangelical Christians commonly raise about the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These include:

  • What prevents peace between Israel and Palestine?
  • What does the Bible say about the situation in the Holy Land today?
  • Who are the Palestinian Christians?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for interfaith dialogue

An online question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Kyle Cristofalo, CMEP’s Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, will moderate the session and also address audience questions.

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Webinar: Commemorate by Resisting: The Nakba and Indiginous struggles

Please join our brothers and sisters at Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) in a conversation with Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, Indigenous scholar-activist Melanie Yazzie and Nadya Tannous, a Palestinian activist residing in the USA. These powerful women will share past and present stories of Indigenous resistance to colonialism.
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
Time: 9am PT; 12pm ET
Location: Webinar
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Panelist Bios:

Ahed Tamimi is a 19 year old Palestinian, living in Al Nabi Saleh, Northwest of Ramallah. Currently she is a Law student at Birzeit University. She spent 8 months in Israeli prisons after being accused of slapping an Israeli soldier, and other charges. Her continual resistance to the Israeli occupation has earned her then nickname, the Lioness of Palestine.

Melanie Yazzie is an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She co-founded and helps lead The Red Nation, a grassroots organization committed to the liberation of Indigenous people from colonialism and capitalism. She specializes in Navajo/American Indian history, political ecology, Indigenous feminisms, queer Indigenous studies, and theories of policing and the state.

Nadya Tannous is a passionate community organizer with a focus on refugee rights, transitional justice, youth education, and inter-community empowerment. She is a member of the Palestinian Youth Movement –USA and was previously on staff of Friends of Sabeel North America. Nadya holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA in Anthropology and Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies from UC Santa Cruz.

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Annexation & What it Means: Part 1 – U.S. & International Views

The US administration's Middle East plan would let Israel illegally annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank [File: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images]
The US administration’s Middle East plan would let Israel illegally annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank. (photo: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images]
Please join our brothers and sisters at The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) and the Middle East Institute (MEI) for this 3-part webinar series: “Annexation & What it Means: Views from the Ground & Around the World.”
Date: Wed, May 13, 2020
Fri, May 15, 2020
Mon, May 18, 2020
Time: 11:30 – 1:00 pm
EST
Location: Online Webinar
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Tickets: Free, Must Register for each webinar
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Israel has been de facto annexing land in the West Bank since the inception of its military occupation of Palestinian territories following the 1967 war. Now, under the new Netanyahu-Gantz government and in close coordination with the Trump Administration, the Israeli government is poised to formalize and massively expand the extent of that annexation. What will this mean for Palestinians and for Israelis? What does it mean for the international community? And what happens next – in Israel, Palestine, the region, and the world?

This three-part webinar series, co-moderated by FMEP’s Lara Friedman and MEI’s Khaled Elgindy, will engage leading voices from Israel and Palestine, in addition to U.S., European, and Arab perspectives.

Part 2 – Palestinian Perspectives (Friday, May 15, 11am-12pm ET)
Part 3 – Israeli Perspectives (Monday, May 18, 11am-12pm ET)

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Mideast Focus Online Film Series: Voices Across the Divide

Please join our brothers and sisters at St. Mark’s Cathedral Episcopal Mideast Focus Ministry group for a video showing and discussion of  Voices Across the Divide, an award-winning film by Dr. Alice Rothchild, exploring the thinking of Jews who support the Occupation and settlements in the West Bank, and those who do not.  Discussion with Dr. Rothchild will follow.
Date: Friday, May 15, 2020
Time: 7:00pm: Film
8:15pm: Discussion
Location: Zoom on-line
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Tickets: Request for zoom access
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On Friday, May 15, the Online Film Series continues with Voices Across the Divide, an award-winning film by Dr. Alice Rothchild, exploring the thinking of Jews who support the Occupation and settlements in the West Bank, and those who do not. A live discussion with Dr. Rothchild will follow the screening. The purpose of the film, as explained by its directors, is to open a space for honest dialogue:

“The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is one of the most prominent, hot button debates in the US today. There is often little space for compassionate listening or deepening awareness. Access to information about the conflict is shaped by powerful forces and organizations. We believe a better future is possible based on mutual respect and knowledge.

We hope Voices Across the Divide will contribute to an open dialogue grounded in mutual respect, understanding, and political activism that leads to justice for all people in the region. Narrated by Alice Rothchild, an American Jew raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust and the dream of a Jewish homeland in Israel, Voices Across the Divide follows her personal journey as she begins to understand the Palestinian narrative, while exploring the Palestinian experience of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the US.”

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On-line Performance: Letters from Palestine in the time of the virus

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Seattle’s Dunya Productions who will present a live online performance about the fears and resilience of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank as they meet the threat of Covid 19.
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020
Time: 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Pacific Time
Location: Live Zoom Event
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Tickets: Free, but must register for access information
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Letters from Palestine in the Time of the Virus was conceived and created for live Zoom performance, with local Seattle actors and other community members reading a series of texts adapted and arranged from writings, words and quotations by Palestinians living under the multiple threats of coronavirus and ongoing Israeli occupation, assault and blockade. The original texts are from Haneen Abdalnabi, Ali Abusheikh, Aziz Abuzayed, Issam Adwan, Ramzy Baroud, Basman Derawi, Iman Hamed, Mazin Qumsiyah, Raed Shakshak, and Noor Yacoubi. Several passages are drawn from stories at We Are Not Numbers, a website project gathering stories and writings from youth in Gaza.

Local author Ramzy Baroud, who grew up in Gaza, is one of the original writers and will join the performance for post-play comments and discussion about the current and ongoing situation for Palestinians.

The short play and discussion will last about one hour total. The time of day has been chosen to make the live performance available for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, 9 hours ahead of Pacific Time.

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(Webinar) Annexation and Israel’s Security: Warnings from Israel’s Security Establishment

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Please join our brothers and sisters at J Street for webinar about how annexation will destabilize the Occupied Palestinian Territory and undermine the very foundations of Israeli democracy.
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm
Eastern Time
(US and Canada)
Location: Webinar
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Tickets: Free with registration
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The overwhelming majority of Israel’s security establishment veterans agree: Unilateral annexation of the Jordan Valley and other key parts of the West Bank would seriously endanger Israel’s longterm security. As a former director of the Israel Security Agency (the Shin Bet), a former commander of Israel’s Navy, Admiral and a former Member of Knesset, Admiral (ret.) Ami Ayalon is an authoritative expert on both Israel’s security considerations and Israeli politics. Ayalon joins us on J Stream to discuss how annexation will destabilize the Occupied Palestinian Territory and undermine the very foundations of Israeli democracy itself.

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Webinar: Creative Nonviolent Action for Palestine During COVID-19

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World Peace text printed on wall. (photo: Humphrey Muleba / Unsplash)
Please join our brothers and sisters at Nonviolence International for an interactive webinar hosted by two of the organizations founders, Mubarak Awad and Jonathan Kuttab. Additionally, there will be feature presentations from some partners and new friends including: Alex McDonald of US Boats to Gaza, Raed Schakshak of We Are Not Numbers, and Naeem Jeenah, Executive Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre.
Date: Wed, April 29, 2020
Time: 10:30-12:00 pm
(EST)
Location: Webinar
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Tickets: Free
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This is a rare opportunity for our organization along with some of our partners and friends to address the situation in Palestine in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. We will discuss important campaigns that promote nonviolence during the pandemic.

Panelists will include:

Raed Shakshak
Raed writes, “In a world full of noise, I sit quietly and let the clicks of my keyboard speak for me. My name is Raed. I graduated from university with a degree in English language and literature from Al-Azhar University in Gaza. Thanks to a semester as an exchange student at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania (USA), I have developed a better understanding of our world. My current mission is to tell new, different stories from Gaza in my role as outreach coordinator for We Are Not Numbers. It’s time I step up and be the voice of the voiceless ones, including myself. I started writing. I’ll be the noise now. No one can stop me.

Zahid Rajan
Zahid is a graphic designer by profession. He has combined these skills with social activism and publishing in the realms of justice, human rights and democracy. He is the executive editor of AwaaZ magazine, director of the SAMOSA Festival, chair of the Kenya Palestine Solidarity Movement and an active participant in Kenya’s civil rights movement.

Kit Kittredge
Kit is a peace activist from Washington State involved with Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign, Rachel Corrie Foundation, CodePink, Veterans for Peace and other peace and justice organizations. She is on the Steering Committee for the Women’s Boat to Gaza. She has been to Gaza Palestine six times and was a passenger on the Audacity of Hope, 2011, and the Tahrir, 2011 where passengers were kidnapped and imprisoned.

Through these timely webinars, Nonviolence International will educate, inspire, and build a strong community as we work for a better world.

Over the coming months, we will be hosting an impressive range of nonviolent activists, thinkers, and leaders. We hope that you will make our new webinar series a regular part of your week. Each week you will hear a powerful story of how people are using creative nonviolence in these difficult days.

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Canceled due to coronavirus precautions: Peace in the Holy Land, A Palestinian Christian perspective: A talk with Alex Awad and Rich Morse

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Bellevue Presbyterian Church to explore questions American evangelical Christians often have about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this Saturday morning at Bellevue Presbyterian Church.
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 am
Location: Bellevue Presbyterian Church, Room S-140, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
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Tickets: Free
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Alex’s talk “Peace in the Holy Land, A Palestinian Christian Perspective,”  will address many of the questions evangelical Christians raise about the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These questions include:

    • What prevents peace between Israel and Palestine?
    • What does the Bible say about the situation in the Holy Land today?
    • Who are the Palestinian Christians?
    • What are the challenges and opportunities for interfaith dialogue?

After his talk, Alex will be joined by Rich Morse, Regional Coordinator of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) and both will take audience questions. Rich, who is CMEP’s Washington Regional Coordinator, will also talk about ways U.S. Christians can advocate for a just peace in the Holy Land.

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CANCELLED Event – due to coronavirus travel restrictions. Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb Keynote: Culture as a Tool for Social Transformation: A Palestinian Christian Perspective

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Seattle Pacific University for an event sponsored by the Social Justice and Cultural Studies Dept and Churches for Middle East Peace.  Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb will speak about the work of culture building and preservation in Palestinian society under the Israeli military occupation.
Date: Cancelled:  Wednesday, March 5, 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:45 am
Location: Seattle Pacific University,
3307 3rd Ave W, Room: Beegle 201, Seattle, WA
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Tickets: Free, limited seating open to the public
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Come learn about the critical work of culture building and preservation in Palestinian society under the Israeli military occupation. Featuring keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, founder and president of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, Palestine, and co-founder of U.S.-based fundraising and advocacy organization Bright Stars of Bethlehem. Rev. Dr. Raheb is the most widely published Palestinian Christian theologian to date.

In 2015 he received the Olof Palme Prize for his courageous and indefatigable fight against occupation and violence, and for a future Middle East characterized by peaceful coexistence and equality for all. In 2012 he was awarded the German Media Prize for his “tireless work in creating room for hope for his people, who are living under Israeli Occupation, through founding and building institutions of excellence in education, culture and health.”

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