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Tree of Life Fall 2019 Speaker Series: Will there really be a morning?
19–27 October 2019; Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
The Palestine Center: The Deal of the Century: A Plan to Liquidate the Palestine Question
8 November 2019; Washington, DC, USA; livestream available worldwide
We Refuse to Be Enemies Tour: Daoud Nassar, Tent of Nations Director
7–15 November 2019; Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, USA
American Muslims for Palestine (AMP): Election 2020: Palestine…Working for Justice
28–30 November 2019; Chicago, Illinois, USA
Kairos Palestine and Sabeel Conferences
29 Nov–7 December, 2019; Bethlehem and Jerusalem, PALESTINE
Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice: 2020 Theme – Climate Change
24–27 April, 2020; Washington, DC, USA
Christ at the Checkpoint 2020
5–9 June 2020  •  Bethlehem, PALESTINE


Tree of Life Fall Speaker Series, Fall 2019
“Will there really be a morning?”

• 19-27 October 2019  •  Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, USA

Website: https://tolef.org/2019/09/06/fall-speaker-series-october-2019/

SPEAKERS
This year’s theme is Solidarity, and in this series we will hear from those who exemplify what it means to be in solidarity with Palestine. We will also hear from Palestinian youth ambassadors who will share how they cope, and what brings them hope.
Speakers include:

     

Cindy & Craig Corrie, Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
Mark Braverman, Kairos USA
Rabbi Meryl Crean, Jewish Voice for Peace
Meera Shah, Palestine Legal

PALESTINIAN YOUTH AMBASSADORS

     

Dalia Shehadeh, a senior at Bethlehem University
Rawan Ali, a freelance photographer and translator.
Sofian Ali, 24, a law student at Palestine Ahliya University in Bethlehem.
14-year old Lama Abed from Gaza City

SCHEDULE
Saturday, 19 October: Artists Collective, Hartford, Conn.
Sunday, 20 October – am: The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, Old Lyme, Conn.
Sunday, 20 October – pm: Palestine Museum US, Woodbridge, Conn.
Tuesday, 22 October: Kamora’s Cultural Corner, Hartford, Conn.
Wednesday, 23 October: Avon Congregational Church, Avon, Conn.
Thursday, 24 October: Yale Law School, New Haven, Conn. and UConn School of Law, Hartford, Conn.
Saturday, 26 October: Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, Keene, New Hampshire
Sunday, 27 October – am: St. Mary’s Epicopal Church, Barnstable, Cape Cod
Sunday, 27 October – pm: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Harwich, Cape Cod

For children in Gaza who languish in the darkness, trying to do homework by candlelight, can we hear them say, “Is there such a thing as day?”
For children in Hebron, harassed by angry Israeli settlers, we can understand how they rely upon the courage of international volunteers who escort them to school.
For children who hide under their bedcovers fearing the sound of missiles, having seen the devastation caused by warfare, each day can be like a “long day’s journey into night.”
As Americans we need to hear the cries of these children. How can we be in solidarity with them? How can we be the answer to their questions? How can we be the “scholars,” the “sailors,” the “wise” who might bring a better future?

In our 2019 Tree of Life Fall Series, we’ll have the opportunity to hear directly from young Palestinians — a 15 year-old from Gaza who sees hope in the goodness of the international community, and from that hope dreams of growing up to become the first cowgirl in Gaza.
Young college students from the West Bank will speak to the many challenges faced by Palestinians living under occupation, and the yearning for the types of civil rights like those enshrined in our own “Bill of Rights” that we too often take for granted here.
A young couple who rely upon music as a way to sustain the Palestinian spirit will bring with them their 2 year-old son. How can we be the answer to a better future for their child?

We will also hear from those who exemplify what it means to be in solidarity with these young Palestinians.
Rachel Corrie was intentionally run over by an Israeli military operated bulldozer and killed as she tried to stop the demolition of a Palestinian home in Gaza. We are most honored that her parents will be with us as we think together about how we can reassure children everywhere that, yes indeed, there really will be a Morning.
We will hear from Jewish scholars who believe that Israel in its current form is a violation of the wisdom of Rabbi Hillel the Elder, who so beautifully said that to save one human life is the same as saving the whole human family.
We will hear from those who will speak to how the fulcrum of change is here in the United States, and how, with some promising legislation, we can help provide an answer to that question, posed by the poet, “Will there really be a Morning?”

Come and learn how you can be a part of the answer to that question!
Learn more: https://tolef.org/2019/09/06/fall-speaker-series-october-2019/

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The 2019 Palestine Center Annual Conference:
“The Deal of the Century: A Plan to Liquidate the Palestine Question”

•  8 November 2019  •  Washington, DC, USA
Can’t make it to Washington, DC?
Watch this event live (and all other Palestine Center Events) from anywhere in the world.

https://www.thejerusalemfund.org/livestream

In the past two years we have awaited the unveiling of Jared Kushner’s “Deal of the Century”, which should perhaps more accurately be called the “Mystery of the Trump Administration”. What is clear at this point is that it intends to remove the Palestinian issue, if not liquidate it, from the desks of international policymakers.  What must be done to keep the issue of Palestine at the front and center of global policy so that it does not wither under the weight of fake economic development that barely conceals a predatorial agenda?

The speakers of the 2019 Palestine Center Annual Conference will provide their analyses of this critical moment. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Joseph Massad. He will be followed by two panels that will respectively address issues of the Right of Return, UNRWA, US and Israeli Policies  (Panel I); and Geopolitics, BDS, The Media & Palestine, and US Perspective on the Deal (Panel II).
Please join us for an engaging event.

Conference Schedule
8:30 – 9:15  Registration & Coffee
9:15 – 9:30  Opening Remarks
9:30 – 10:30 Keynote Lecture: Dr. Joseph Massad
, Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History, Columbia University
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:45 Panel I: Liquidating Right of Return, UNRWA, US and Israeli Policies 
Participants: Dr. Randa Farah, Abby Smardon, Dr. Osamah Khalil, Max Blumenthal
12:45 – 1:45 Lunch
1:45 – 3:45 Panel II: Geopolitics, BDS, The Media & Palestine, US Perspective on the Deal
Participants: Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Grant Smith, Yousef Munayyer, Lara Friedman
3:45 – 4:00 Closing remarks

SPEAKERS

Keynote Address: 
Dr. Joseph Massad is Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University in New York. He is the author of many books and academic and journalistic articles. His books include Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan (Columbia University Press, 2001), The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinians (Routledge, 2006), Desiring Arabs (University of Chicago Press, 2007), and most recently Islam in Liberalism (University of Chicago Press, 2016). His books and articles have been translated into a dozen languages

Panel I: The Right of Return, UNRWA, US and Israeli Policies
Max Blumenthal, Dr. Randa Farah, Dr. Osamah Khalil, Abby Smardon

Panel II: Geopolitics, BDS, The Media & Palestine, and US Perspective on the Deal
Lara Friedman, Yousef Munayyer, Grant F. Smith, Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti

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We Refuse to Be Enemies

7 – 15 November 2019  •  Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, USA
Speaking Tour: Daoud Nassar, Palestinian Christian Farmer and Director of Tent of Nations

The Tent of Nations, located on the Nassar family’s 100-acre farm and orchard outside of Bethlehem in the West Bank, has become an international peace center attracting thousands of visitors annually. International visitors, including many Israelis, join together to plant trees, harvest olives and fruit, teach at the Women’s Education Center, lead activities in Summer Children’s Camps, and work together in pursuit of a just peace through non-violent action. Daoud will share his story in Iowa on the dates, times and places shown below. Please join us.

Thursday, November 7, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Luther College
Recital Hall – Center for Faith and Learning
700 College Drive; Decorah, IA 52101

Friday, November 8, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Wartburg College, The Castle Room in Saemann Student Center
100 Wartburg Boulevard; Waverly, IA 50677

Saturday, November 9, 9:30 a.m.
Location: Bethesda Lutheran Church – The Commons
1517 Northwestern Ave; Ames, IA 50010
Contact christiarts@gmail.com to RSVP for lunch

Sunday, November 10, 9:00 a.m.
Location: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Neumann Hall
600 6th Avenue; Des Moines, IA 50309

Sunday, November 10, 3:00 p.m.
Location: Drake University, Meredith Hall Room 101
2805 University Avenue; Des Moines, Iowa 50311

Monday, November 11, 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church (ELCA), Worship Center
510 N. 93rd Street; Omaha, NE 68114

Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Morningside College, Buhler Rohlfs Hall (Weikert Auditorium)
3777 Garretson Avenue; Sioux City, IA 55106
Free parking in Grace United Methodist Church lot.

Sponsored by: Southeastern, Northeastern, and Western Iowa synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

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AMP’s12th Annual Palestine Convention:
Election 2020: Palestine…Working for Justice

•  28-30 November 2019  •  Chicago, Illinois, USA
American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)

As we draw closer to the 2020 election season, issues related to Palestine and the Muslim community have become a focal point in our national conversation. From the Kushner deal to the proposal of bills attempting to criminalize BDS, matters affecting our communities are at the center of national debate. It is imperative that we take advantage of the positioning of these topics at the forefront of our national dialogue; we must focus on the strategic placement of Palestine.

Social justice organizing in the political arena should be centered on assessing what is already underway and positioning ourselves to take advantage of the forces that are at play, both those working with and against us. Candidates must be held accountable for their policy positions when it comes to Palestine, and our community should be informed regarding what type of legislation candidates in various races plan to support.

The AMP conference this year seeks to concentrate its various tracks on examining the various dimensions and implications of these issues in relation to this contentious election season.

Learn more and register: https://www.palestineconvention.org

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Attend Kairos Palestine and Sabeel Jerusalem Events in One Trip: November-December 2019

Kairos Palestine and Sabeel Jerusalem are scheduling their 2019 events consecutively, so that supporters can attend both in one trip to Palestine.

The Kairos Palestine conference will be held on the 29 November to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

The Sabeel International Gathering will be held on 2-7 December. See more below.

Kairos Palestine 10th Anniversary Conference

2019 marks the 10 year anniversary of the launch of the Kairos Palestine document. Therefore an international conference will be held in Bethlehem in Dar Al Kalima University College on November 29th, 2019 that is also the international solidarity day with the Palestinian people. This year’s conference topic is “ 10 years of Kairos, Past present and future.” This year’s conference is of great importance as it commemorates the work of the past 10 years and discuss the approach of future work. it also serves as a space for the international friends and partners to re-strengthen as well as to exchange achievements,
strategies, and campaigns.
To register for our conference: http://atg.ps/register/
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Palestinian Theologies In Action: An International Gathering for Friends and Supporters of Sabeel


•  2-7 December 2019  • Bethlehem and Jerusalem, Palestine

Come and bring your friends! It will be a time of fellowship, friendship, and renewal, as well as a
time to learn and discuss.
    It is said that theology is like a cross which vertically leads humanity to God, and horizontally leads us to our neighbour. For Palestinian Christians, this link was damaged during the Nakba. Unable to go back to our former theological thinking while struggling to find a way forward….the bible was used to grant approval to the tragedy of the Palestinian people. This is the Faith Nakba, from which various Palestinian Christian theologies have sprung. We at Sabeel believe it is now time to celebrate these theologies… Read more online

This Gathering will explore following themes:
1. Realities on the Ground
2. The Theologies of Palestine
3. Theology in Action.
We will hear from activists, organisations, and individuals from various backgrounds. We will take part in action, and we will endeavour to answer the question of how theology can lead to action in order to achieve a just peace. We call on our friends to come and join us at this important gathering. Your presence gives us hope and encouragement as together we continue on the path of peace with justice. Learn more and register here

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Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice

• 24-27 April 2020  • Washington, DC, USA

Climate change affects everyone and disproportionately affects those struggling to overcome poverty. 2020 will be a pivotal year for the United States and the world with a general election that will set the course for the next four years – with an enduring impact on climate and economic justice.
Save the Date for Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2020, April 24-27, on re-imagining community for God’s earth and people. Come to learn about the intersection of climate change and economic injustice, and to advocate for climate justice.
“As the indigenous people of Colombia we are part of . . .the environment created by God. Therefore, we ask that the mistreatment of ‘Mother Earth’ cease.”
– Guaviare indigenous leader, quoted in Instrumentum Laboris: The Amazon: New Path for the Church and Integral Ecology.
“We look for — and speed the coming of — the new heavens and a new earth, where justice is at home.” (2 Peter 3:12,13)

PALESTINE PORTAL’S NOTE: With a focus on every geographic region in the world, EAD always includes excellent workshops and action for justice and peace in Israel/Palestine

Check here for more information on EAD 2020 as it becomes available:
https://advocacydays.org/about-ead/future-planned-national-gatherings/2020-national-gathering

Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.
Learn more about EAD: https://advocacydays.org

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Christ at the Checkpoint 2020

• 5–9 June 2020  •  Bethlehem, PALESTINE
christatthecheckpoint.bethbc.edu

Join is in the year 2020 in Bethlehem for the sixth international Christ at the Checkpoint conference. The theme will be Hope and Resilience in a Broken World. Join us as what we consider what it means to follow Christ in the shadow of walls and conflict, and how to be resilient in our Christian witness, keep hope alive, seek just peace and truth, and preach good news in the midst of a broken world.

We are a community of evangelical Christians who believe that following Jesus with integrity means that our lives are formed by our love for God, the teaching of the Bible and a fearless life of discipleship in the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We believe that one of the first hallmarks of discipleship is love for both our own community and for our
enemies. We wish to find Jesus at the center of everything we do and to make his life our life. Which means finding courageous love for Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews alike.

See the Program
https://christatthecheckpoint.bethbc.edu/catc2020-program/
Accommodations
https://christatthecheckpoint.bethbc.edu/accommodation/

The Christ at the Checkpoint Manifesto
1. The Kingdom of God has come. Evangelicals must reclaim the prophetic role in bringing peace, justice and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel.
2. Reconciliation recognizes God’s image in one another.
3. Racial ethnicity alone does not guarantee the benefits of the Abraham Covenant.
4. The church in the land of the Holy One has borne witness to Christ since the days of Pentecost. It must be empowered to continue to be light and salt in the region, if there is to be hope in the midst of conflict.
5. Any exclusive claim to land of the Bible in the name of God is not in line with the teaching of scripture.
6. All forms of violence must be refuted unequivocally.
7. Palestinian Christians must not lose the capacity for self-criticism if they wish to remain prophetic.
8. There are real injustices taking place in the Palestinian territories, and the suffering of the Palestinian people can no longer be ignored. Any solution must respect the equity and rights of Israeli and Palestinian communities.
9. For Palestinian Christians, the occupation is the core issue of the conflict.
10. Any challenge to the injustices taking place in the Holy Land must be done in Christian love. Criticism of Israel and the occupation cannot be confused with anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of the State of Israel.
11. Respectful dialogue between Palestinian and Messianic believers must continue. Though we may disagree on secondary matters of theology, the gospel of Jesus and his ethical teaching take precedence.
12. Christians must understand the global context for the rise of extremist Islam. We challenge stereotyping of all faith forms that betray God’s commandment to love our neighbors and enemies.

Learn more:
https://christatthecheckpoint.bethbc.edu/

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