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Choose Hope 2017

Be Educated. Lead Advocacy. Choose Hope.
November 12-14, 2017  •  Washington D.C.

Co-sponsored by Millennial Voices for Peace (MVP) and Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), the Choose Hope 2017 Advocacy Summit provides a holistic space for millennials – including, college, seminary and graduate students as well as young professionals- who wish to engage in a national campaign for peace and justice in the Holy Land.

Join us at Choose Hope 2017 as we create a dialogue and space for hearing stories of hope and inspiration. Learn how to advocate for peace and justice with your representatives. Add your voice to this movement for a lasting peace, justice, and equality for all in the Holy Land.

Millennial Voices for Peace is a movement of young Christians in their 20s and 30s dedicated to designing and implementing a national campaign for peace and justice in the Holy Land. Through this summit, you will be equipped to use your individual, creative voice to work for the collective mission of peace and justice for all Israelis and Palestinians.

Together, may we Choose Hope. Join the conversation!
Follow us on Twitter @ChurchesforMEP and use #ChooseHope17.

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Churches for Middle East Peace – Pilgrimage to Peace
October 16-22, 2017
Oct 16, 7:00 pm – Methodist Building, Washington DC
Oct17, 7:00 pm – Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC
Oct 18, 7:00 pm- University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA
Oct 19, 7:00 pm – Bellevue Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, WA
Oct 20, 9:30 am – Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA
Oct 20, 6:30 pm – Seattle First United Methodist Church, Seattle, WA
Oct 21, 5:00 pm – Harbor United Methodist Church, Wilmington, NC
Oct 22, 9:45 am service – Harbor United Methodist Church, Wilmington, NC
Oct 22, 3:00 pm – St. Francis United Methodist Church, Cary, NC

Join Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Executive Director of CMEP as she hosts a conversation with Daoud Nassar from Tent of Nations near Bethlehem about daily living, human rights concerns, and peacebuilding.
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon is the Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP).
Daoud Nassar is a Palestinian Christian and a native of Bethlehem, Palestine. He directs the programs and projects on his family’s ancestral land known as Tent of Nations – a 100-acre hilltop farm that serves as an educational and cultural center for local Palestinians, Israelis and international visitors. Purchased in 1916 by Daoud Nassar’s grandfather, Tent of Nations is now surrounded by Jewish settlements on three sides and the Palestinian village of Nahalin on the fourth. The land is cut off from sources of water and electricity, and the family is resisting the loss of their land by going through the courts with proof of ownership and by employing nonviolent responses to Israeli laws that limit growth and personal freedom.
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The Nakba Tour

Tuesday, Oct 17, 7:00 pm – In Our Own Words: Voices of Exiled Palestinian Refugees
First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh · Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh: The Exiled Palestinians: Stateless Palestinians from the Camps in Lebanon

Thursday, October 19, 8:30 pm – The Exiled Palestinians: Stories from a Survivor of Al Nakba
Elliott School of International Affairs · Washington DC

Washington, DC: The Exiled Palestinians: Stories from a Survivor of Al Nakba

See more dates as they are scheduled:
The Free Palestine Movement, ISM – Northern California, and the al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition, supported by members of Black4Palestine, are bringing Khawla Hammad (Umm Mousa) and Amena El-Ashkar to the east coast of North America for two months starting in the Fall of 2017*.
We need your help to tell their story.

Book a spot along the Nakba Tour route. The local sponsors of the event will be the primary organizers, but we will help and advise you with protocol, advice, logistics and outreach, including advertising.

If you do not live along the route, contact us about hosting a live-streaming event.
Contact us to help organize! We are always in need of volunteers.

Film Screening and Discussion: Roadmap to Apartheid
October 19, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Workmen’s Circle Building, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
(a few blocks south of Pico; Parking behind building and on street).

Roadmap to Apartheid is a 1-hour, 30-minute 2012 feature-length documentary film that explores the striking parallels between South African and Israeli apartheid. It was made by two filmmakers with firsthand experience of the subject matter: white South African Ana Nogueira and Jewish American-Israeli Eron Davidson. Roadmap to Apartheid has won many awards and recognition at American and international film festivals. The film is narrated by award-winning author, Alice Walker. Learn more about this film:

DISCUSSION LEADERS: Dick Platkin and Uri Talil. Dick experienced Israel and South Africa through repeated extended visits over the past decade. Uri has first-hand knowledge of how Israeli apartheid
has grown to encompass much of society in Israel and Palestine.

Suggested donation: $10; $5 for students.
Refreshments will be served.
Co-sponsored by LA Jews for Peace, United Methodists’ Holy Land Task Force and The Markaz Cultural Center
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2017 Edward Said Memorial Lecture: “Literature, Empathy, and Rights”
October 20, 2017 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
The Palestine Center
2425 Virginia Ave NW | Washington, DC 20037
Dr. David Palumbo-Liu
 is Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor at Stanford University, where he is also Professor of Comparative Literature and English
*A light lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. Talk begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Edward Said was, among many things, a scholar of comparative literature. My talk focuses on three key concerns Said addressed via his study of literature. First and foremost was the issue of being in the world—literature was a social, as well as an aesthetic, phenomenon. Second, literature could draw people together in a cosmopolitan spirit, drawing on the human capacity for empathy. Finally, and perhaps most significantly, any idealization of that cosmopolitan spirit had to grapple with the realities of injustice and prejudice, which divert and stifle empathy. In terms of literature, the blocking, distortion, and erasure of stories was tantamount to the erasure of lives. My lecture will discuss how our commitments to empathy and ethics can only be met if we acknowledge the ways the realities of Palestine have been obscured and distorted. I end by putting forward a vision of comparative literature that I hope might conjoin with the model of literary studies Edward Said embodied. At the core of my lecture is the issue of rights.

Palestine Legal at New York University
Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency & Cultural Production
Friday, October 20, 2017 from 12 – 2 PM
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
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Boston Palestine Film Festival
October 20-29, 2017

The Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF), co-presented with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, returns for its eleventh year this fall from October 20-29, 2017. Since 2007, BPFF has showcased Palestine-related cinema, Oscar-nominated filmmakers, and distinguished guests from around the world to New England audiences, bringing these little-known narratives into the mainstream dialogue.

BPFF 2017 features 26 films from around the world, including 5 North American Premieres, 2 USA Premieres, and 17 New England Premieres, confirming that we bring our audiences films rarely seen in New England.
Opening Film: Ghost Hunting, by Raed Andoni: In order to confront the ghosts that haunt him, Director Andoni assembles an eclectic group of ex-inmates of Israel’s infamous “Russian Compound”(al-Moskobiya) to construct a replica of the interrogation center where he himself was jailed at age 18. From fragmentary memory, day after day, the former prisoners re-enact their traumas using techniques that are reminiscent of the ‘theatre of the oppressed’. Ghost Hunting won Best Documentary at The Berlinale, 2017.
Closing Film: Stitching Palestine, by Carol Mansour: Twelve Palestinian women from around the world share their moving life stories, all connected by the enduring thread of the ancient art of embroidery, which has become a way of preserving Palestinian identity.
Featured Film: Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory, by Mohanad Yaqubi: A meditation on the Palestinian people’s struggle to produce an image and self-representation on their own terms in the 1960s and 1970s, with the establishment of the Palestine Film Unit as part of the PLO.
Featured Film: Personal Affairs, by Maha Haj: A Palestinian family spread between Nazareth, Ramallah, and Sweden struggles to find the words to keep their fractured world from falling apart.
Featured Film: Ambulance, by Mohamed Jabaly: A young Palestinian from Gaza City joins an ambulance crew as war approaches and films their harrowing and heroic lifesaving work.
Special Event: Seamingly a PastTime: How Embroidery Preserves Narrative and Culture Through Time

Courageous Women of Resistance
Oct 29, 2017 – 2:00 pm
Tree of Life Educational Fund
The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT

Madonna Thunder Hawk, Tribal Liason, Lakota People’s Law Project

Fayrouz Sharqawi, Advocacy Coordinator, Grassroots Jerusalem

Palestinian Bazaar 1:30-2:00
Program 2:00-3:30
Bazaar & light refreshments 3:30-4:30

Open to the public, all welcome!
For more information, visit

HCEF International Symposium
JERUSALEM The City of Peace for All – Challenges and Opportunities
Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:30am – 4:00pm
The Jerusalem Fund/Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037

Jerusalem is the Holy City, sacred to the three monotheistic faiths of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Over the years, Jerusalem’s religious and spiritual importance has become enmeshed in national and political concerns as we witness today in Palestinian- Israeli relations.

This symposium will mainly focus on East Jerusalem and will provide details on the current and evolving conditions in the Holy City. It will explore practical ways by which resilient development could be stimulated through a robust economy, religious tourism, and infrastructural projects, as well as seek to identify opportunities to intensify regional and international support for East Jerusalem to safeguard its status and enhance its future.

Bishop Richard Graham, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Bishop Roy Edward Campbell, Auxiliary Bishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Washington
Dr. James Zogby, President, Arab American Institute
Mr. Khalil E. Jahshan, Executive Director, Arab Center Washington D.C. Inc.
Ambassador Husam Zomlot, Head, PLO General Delegation to the U.S.
Ms. Yara Asad, Commercial Trade Representative, PLO General Delegation to the U.S.
Rev. Drew Christiansen, SJ, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Ambassador David Mack, Scholar, Middle East Institute, and Elder, National Presbyterian Church
Sir Rateb Y. Rabie, KCHS, HCEF President/CEO
Fr. Michael McDonagh, Senior Advisor, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Dr. Saliba Sarsar, Professor of Political Science, Monmouth University
Mr. Elias G. Saboura, Esq., HCEF Board Member
Mr. Marwan Ahmad, President, The Arab American Business Council

Bringing a Just Peace to Israel/Palestine: A Jewish American’s Journey
Mark Braverman
Wed. Nov. 1, 7:30 PM
Resource Center for Nonviolence
612 Ocean St. Santa Cruz, CA

Raised in the Jewish tradition, Mark was transformed in 2006 after visiting Israel and Palestine with the Fellowship of Reconciliation. He currently serves as Executive Director of KAIROS USA, which responds to the Palestinian call for justice
Cosponsored by: Palestine Justice Coalition, Peace United, SCJVP, RCNV, WILPF, Presbyterian Peace and Justice Task Force, Progressive Christian Forum

Thursday, Nov 2, 8:00 am
CHURCH PASTORS AND LAY LEADERS ARE INVITED TO A FULL BREAKFAST WITH MARk AT ST ANDREW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: “The role of Faith Communities in Achieving A Justice Peace in the Holy Land.” Exit Hwy 1 at Freedom Blvd. north to bypss road, then west to Monroe Ave. Breakfast is free, but donations are acccepted. RSVP 831 600 7088

Rev. Mitri Raheb in Southern California
Thurs. Nov. 2 at the Lutheran Center in Glendale, 10:30 am
Wed Nov 1 at CLU Thousand Oaks, 7:00 pm
Thurs Nov 2 at St Stephen in the Valley Lutheran Church in Palmdale at 7:00 pm
Fri Nov 3 at Christ Lutheran Church in Long Beach at 7:00 pm.

The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb:
2011 – President of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan &
The Holy Land
2006 – Founder & President of Diyar Consortium
2006 – Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University College
1995-2006 Founder and General Director of the International Center of Bethlehem
1988 – 2017 Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church, Bethlehem

Perspectives on Palestine
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 – 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St. W., Northfield

Dr. Mark Braverman, Program Director, Kairos USA
“Tipping point? Politics, Zionism and the Call to the Church”

Nathan Stock, Past Director, Israel-Palestine Office of The Carter Center
“Gaza and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”

Jennifer Bing, Director, Chicago AFSC Middle East Program
“No Way to Treat a Child”

In this year of grim anniversaries for Palestine, advocates for a just resolution to the Israel-Palestine crisis recognize how deeply the occupation has embedded itself into Palestinian life. “Perspectives on Palestine” presents thoughtful, progressive voices about the situa-tion that are often drowned out by more polarized opinions. This year marks a cen-tury since the Balfour Declaration, 70 years since the United Nations Parti-tion Plan, 50 years since the Six-Day War and 10 years of the blockade of the Gaza Strip. It is also the 10th anniversary for NJP and its work to raise awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people.

This event is presented by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel and co-sponsored by First United Church of Christ, Northfield; the Mission and Justice Committee of Bethel Lutheran Church, Northfield; and the MICAH Group of Northfield United Methodist Church.

Registration $40  Students $10  Scholarships available
Space is limited. Register by Nov. 1 at
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For the Love of Jerusalem: A Holy City for Three Faiths
Sunday November 12 1:00-3:30pm
Grace Lutheran Church of La Grange
200 N. Catherine, La Grange, IL
Come explore what Jerusalem means to Jews, Christians and Muslims

Rabbi Brant Rosen
A renowned author, activist and founder of the Tzedek Chicago congregation. Rabbi Rosen is the Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee. He is the co-founder of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council.
Rev. Mark Swanson
Rev. Swanson received his doctorate at the Pontifical Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies in Rome and currently serves as professor of Christian-Muslim relations at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.
Sheikh Hassan Aly
A researcher in theology and comparative religions, author and radio host; Sheikh Hassan Mostafa Aly is the Imam and Director of Religious affairs at The Mecca Center in Willowbrook, Illinois.

12:15 – 1:00pm Light Lunch option – Please RSVP for LUNCH by Nov. 9 online at
1:00 – 3:30pm Guest Speaker Presentations ● Round Table Discussions ● Q & A
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For more information or questions, please contact Pastor Ben at

The 2017 Palestine Center Annual Conference
“The Palestinian Struggle: Adversity on All Fronts”
Friday, November 17, 2017

8:30 a.m.3:00 p.m. EST
The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037

Every year the dire situation in Palestine seems unsurpassable in a region distinguished
by seemingly never-ending conflicts. It is hard to imagine things getting worse and yet
they do. The vital issues of Palestine remain unresolved under the dust of the war in
Syria, bombings in Yemen, regional rivalries, and changing polarities of global power,
while life becomes increasingly difficult for those living in the Occupied Territories and
refugee camps. The theme of this years Palestine Center Annual Conference returns to
these issues.
Panel 1: “The Occupation” and Israel’s Human Rights Violations
Participants: Ali Abunimah, Alon Ben-Meir, Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti
Panel II: Policy and  the Palestine “Issue”
Participants: Khaled Elgindy, Sam Husseini, Dr. Virginia Tilley
Panel III: Jerusalem, Gaza, and BDS
Participants: Dr. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Dr. Lawrence Davidson, Dr. Sara Roy
For more information or to RSVP

Palestine Legal at MOVE 2017
Fighting Censorship of Palestine: From the Campus to the Community
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10 AM
Dearborn Inn, Dearborn, MI

American Muslims for Palestine
10th annual Conference for Palestine in the US:
100 Years since Balfour
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Hyatt Regency, O’Hare, Chicago, IL

Speakers include Dr. Hatem Bazian, Dr. Osama Abuirshaid, Ahlam Jbara, Noura Erakat, Dr. Rima Khalaf, Miko Peled, Josh Reubner, Issa Amro, Ariel Gold and more!

Canadian Friends of Sabeel
2017 James Graff Memorial Lecture
November 29th, 2017 7:30pm
50 Years and Counting: Legality of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine
Speaker: Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine
Victoria College Chapel – University of Toronto
2nd Floor Room 213, Victoria College Building
91 Charles Street, Toronto

Co-sponsored by Emmanuel College, a theological college of Victoria
University in the University of Toronto.
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Christ at the Checkpoint 5
Monday, May 28 – Friday, June 1, 2018
Bethlehem, Palestine

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.
Since 2010, under the leadership of Bethlehem Bible College and led by Palestinian Christians, we have sponsored an international conference every other year exploring the obstacles to peace in our world and the opportunities for peace-making that spring from our Christian faith. We pray that we are faithful to Jesus and regularly confess our shortcomings when we fail to exhibit Jesus’ highest call to love. We also call upon evangelical Christians everywhere to join us in the hope that we can build a better world where goodness and truth reign free and where the love and fairness of God are common.
We invite you to join us. Our next gathering will be in May, 2018, and we hope you will join Christians from throughout the world from a wide diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints. We believe that the conversations that begin in these gatherings will result in the hope we need in our world.

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Churches for Middle East Peace Advocacy Summit 2018
And Still We Rise: Transforming U.S. Policy Toward a Just Middle East
June 17 – 19, 2018 | Washington, D.C  
And Still We Rise seeks to elevate the voices, contributions, and leadership of women peacemakers. While women make up the majority of students in Palestinian colleges and many Middle Eastern universities, and despite the growing recognition of the need for programs that empower and equip women, women’s voices are still too often underrepresented. This year’s Summit invites men and women to hear from speakers who are all women.

Over three days we will discuss current realities; learn about grassroots peace efforts happening in the Middle East; receive tools to effectively advocate on behalf of peace and security for Israelis, Palestinians, and all people in the Middle East; and meet with US Government representatives to advocate for peace in the Middle East.  Learn more