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Upcoming Conference: “Voices for Peace and Justice in the” Middle East

[Editor’s note: I publish this here to indicate the level of understanding in the US of the conflict in the middle east.]

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7 – 8
Conference on Palestine/Israel – Madison.
At the Pyle Center on the campus of UW-Madison.

The conference will be an opportunity for you to hear from and talk with Christian, Muslim, Jewish and secular leaders, scholars and activists about the history of and current developments in Palestine/Israel, the U.S. role, and what it requires from us.

Plenary sessions and interactive workshops will examine the situation on the ground and explore ways that we can effectively work for a just peace. Distinguished speakers and workshop leaders will address the conflict from theological, political, economic and historic perspectives and invite us to be part of creative, non-violent responses.

The recent devastation and loss of life in Gaza have made it more urgent than ever that we come together to discuss this topic.

The conference features a number of exciting speakers including Rev. Canon Naim Ateek from Jerusalem, Ali Abunimah, Mark Braverman, Fida Qishta and her Gaza film Where Should the Birds Fly?, Cecile Surasky of Jewish Voice for Peace, Zoughby Zoughby of the Conflict Resolution Center in Bethlehem, and more.

The Friday night cultural evening is scheduled to include Palestinian spoken word artist Remi Kanazi, and music & dance by the Milwaukee Students for Justice in Palestine debke troupe. For a complete list of speakers, performers and workshop leaders including biographical profiles, click here.

Conference registration opens at 10 am on Friday, November 7. The program begins at 12:30 pmand runs through 5:30 pm, followed by a Palestinian dinner and then a cultural evening. Registration re-opens at 8:00 am on Saturday, November 8, with the conference program resuming at 9:00 am. Closing plenary begins at 4:15 and the conference ends around 5:00 pm. Participants may attend all or part of the conference. For more schedule details, click here.

Registration is now open for the conference. (Pre-registration by Nov. 3 is REQUIRED for those who plan to attend the dinner.) Costs range from $85 for the full 2-day program to $25 for students. Some scholarships for low-income are available.

In addition to Friends of Sabeel-NA and Madison SJP, the conference is sponsored by a local organizing committee including Bright Stars of Bethlehem, Christ Presbyterian Church, Havens Center, Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, Madison Friends’ Meeting, Mary House Catholic Worker, Memorial United Church of Christ – Fitchburg, Pilgrims of Ibillin, Playground for Palestine-Madison, The Crossing, and Wisdom’s Well.

We hope you are able to join us for this exciting event.

Cassandra Dixon

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