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A Lecture By Jeff Halper: World Advocate for Palestinian/Israeli Peace

University of Pittsburgh
Ballroom—Pitt Student Union
Monday, November 4, 2013
12 NOON-1:30 pm

Jeff Halper’s presentation is entitled “ISRAEL/PALESTINE: TOWARDS PEACE, APARTHEID OR WAREHOUSING?”  This talk presents the political situation in maps, and also walks through a house demolition in slides. It ends up asking: Where do we go from here?, in which he will talk about options for resolving the conflict – two states, one state (bi-national or democratic) or a regional confederation – or towards apartheid or the warehousing of the Palestinian population.

Halper is author of: An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel (2012). His organization, ICAHD, works in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to rebuild Palestinian homes that have been demolished by Israeli bulldozers. In 2006, Halper was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, citing his work “to liberate both the Palestinian and the Israeli people from the yoke of structural violence” and “to build equality between their people by celebrating their common humanity.” In 2007, ICAHD received the Olive Branch Award from Jewish Voice for Peace.

[Halper will also be giving a workshop on activism Saturday, November 2. Details here.]

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A Workshop with Jeff Halper: World Advocate for Palestinian/Israeli Peace

Jeff Halper

Saturday, November 2, 2013
1-5 pm
The First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh (Ellsworth & Morewood)
Hosted by UUs for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME)

r.s.v.p. for light buffet supper at the end of the workshop

The continuing struggle for a just and fair peace between Israelis and Palestinians should concern all of us. Dr. Jeff Halper is an American-born Jew who has lived in West Jerusalem for forty years and is co-founder and director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. He will be presenting a workshop on how we can best direct our energy to advocate for Palestinian-Israeli peace.

Halper speaks before audiences everywhere in the world. The questions he asks will be central to the workshop:

    What does it mean to be active in the United States on behalf of Palestine/Israel?
    What are the implications for activism?
    Where do we go from here? How do we reframe the issue?
    Boycott, divestment, sanction (BDS): What are the issues? Why is it important?

Come be part of this important discussion/workshop. Learn how we can together move forward in addressing this pressing, seemingly intractable situation.

Halper is author of: An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel (2012). His organization, ICAHD, works in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to rebuild Palestinian homes that have been demolished by Israeli bulldozers. In 2006, Halper was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, citing his work “to liberate both the Palestinian and the Israeli people from the yoke of structural violence” and “to build equality between their people by celebrating their common humanity.” In 2007, ICAHD received the Olive Branch Award from Jewish Voice for Peace.

Please RSVP for the buffet supper to: krparker . 4487 @gmail.

[Halper will also be giving a public presentation on Monday, November 4. Details here.]

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Palestinian-American Sam Bahour to speak at the University of Pittsburgh

Sam Bahour

Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
William Pitt Union, (Kurtzman Ball Room)

Sam is a Palestinian-American based in Al-Bireh/Ramallah, Palestine. He is a freelance business consultant operating as Applied Information Management (AIM), specializing in business development with a niche focus on start-ups. Sam was instrumental in the establishment of the Palestine Telecommunications Company and the PLAZA Shopping Center and recently completed a full term as a Board of Trustees member at Birzeit University. He is a Director at the Arab Islamic Bank and serves in various capacities in several community organizations, including serving as a member of the core Local Reference Group of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). Sam writes frequently on Palestinian affairs and has been widely published. Sam is co-editor of HOMELAND: Oral History of Palestine and Palestinians

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Pittsburgh’s Appeal to the Presbyterian General Assembly to Support Overtures by the Middle East Peacemaking Committee

 

WARMEST GREETINGS TO THE DELEGATES AND ATTENDEES OF THE 220TH PRESBYTERIAN GENERAL ASSEMBLY 

We are Muslim, Christian and Jewish, Palestinian, Arab and American.

We are native and foreign-born.

We come from all walks of life.

We are students, businessmen and women, activists, artists, professors and workers and we want to thank you from the bottom of our collective hearts for your hard work and dedication to the cause of peace with justice for the peoples of Palestine and Israel.

 

Enduring 60+ years of occupation and oppression, the Palestinian people have continued non-violent resistance through their call for divestment and boycott against the state of Israel, especially its destructive military machine.  Divesting from companies that profit from the illegal occupation of the West Bank and boycotting products made by illegal Israeli settlers carries the moral authority and tells the state of Israel that its discrimination against the Muslim and Christian communities is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by others.

 

Palestinian American, Sam Bahour explained: “Palestinian civil society and Palestinians-Christians and Muslims alike have urged you to divest from the occupation. As we struggle to remain hopeful while a 24-foot high cement wall snakes through our homeland, we Palestinians don’t want a more beautiful prison to live in. We want the prison walls to come down, and that won’t happen unless pressure is placed on Israel to end the occupation.”

 


We therefore urge you to vote for the following overtures:

15-02 On Boycotting Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories and Hadiklaim

15-03 On Divestment from Caterpillar

15-04 On Supporting a Peaceful, Diplomatic Solution to the US-Iran Issues

15-06 On Responding to the Call from Palestinian Christians for Economic Solidarity

15-08 On Approving the GAMC’s Recommendations on Selective Divestment Made by MRTI

15-09 On Human Rights and Religious Freedom of Arab Christians and Other Palestinian Citizens

15-11 MRTI Report on Engagements with Corporations Involved in Israel, Gaza, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank

 

By supporting these overtures you bring us closer to that day when Palestinians and Israelis can live normal and productive lives.

 

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Presbyterian General Assembly 220 Pittsburgh

The Presbyterian Church’s Middle East Peace Making Committee voted on Tuesday in favor of divesting from CAT, HP and Motorola Solutions because of those companies’ support of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. They also voted to boycott all Israeli products made in the Occupied West Bank. On Thursday, the committee will bring its recommendation to the General Assembly of the church, as the GA will make their decision to adopt the committees recommendations or not (they can also choose to amend).
LIVE STREAM @ http://oga.pcusa.org/section/ga/ga220/

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My Name is Rachel Corrie

Free and Open to the Public

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CONFRONTING APARTHEID

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EYEWITNESS GAZA: FROM PITTSBURGH TO YOUNGSTOWN

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APRIL 8-10 PITTSBURGH PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

FOR MORE INFO VISIT www.pitt.edu/~sorc/pittsjp

 

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March and Rally: Make Jobs Not Wars!

Saturday, March 26 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm
47th and Butler – Lawrenceville
Pittsburgh, PA
Join us for a march and rally to protest the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere. The hundreds of billions of dollars spent on these unjust occupations should instead be spent on programs to alleviate unemployment and the other effects of the economic crisis. We will gather at 47th and Butler in Lawrenceville at 12:00 noon on March 26th.

SJP will arrange for rides from the Pitt Student Union to Lawrenceville at 11am.

 

Pittsburgh Demands:

All troops home NOW!
Money for jobs, education and health care – not war!
End the racist harassment of Arabs and Muslims!!!

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