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Digital Conference  •  28 July 2020
7:00-9:00am PT / 10:00-12:00pm Eastern
International Conference on the Question of Jerusalem, Part 1
“Annexation in Practice – Palestinian Lives in Jerusalem”

United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People

The UN Palestinian Rights Committee, in collaboration with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), will hold the International Conference on the Question of Jerusalem on “Annexation in Practice – Palestinian Lives in Jerusalem” as a series of events. The first event in this series will be held on 28 July 2020 via WebEx. The event will also be livestreamed on UN Web TV.

The speakers – Ms. Maha Abdallah (Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Jerusalem), Ms. Hagit Ofran (Peace Now, Jerusalem), Mr. Osamah Khalil (Syracuse University, USA) – will highlight the history of Israel’s decades-long illegal annexation of East Jerusalem and the lived reality of Palestinian Jerusalemites under this regime.

Through raising awareness with international audiences – Member States, civil society and media – about the Israeli annexation reality as Palestinians live it in Jerusalem, the Conference will highlight the various critical dimensions of the situation in the City after over 50 years of Israeli occupation and its associated policies and measures.


The event will also discuss how Israel’s entrenchment of its annexation plans in the rest of the occupied West Bank would jeopardize the centrality of Jerusalem as a final status issue in the Israel-Palestine conflict that must be justly resolved on the basis of international law and the relevant UN resolutions. Further, the Conference will identify possible entry points for a way forward.
See this event posted on the UN committee website.

Viewers are encouraged to use the hashtag #Rights4Palestine on social media and to tag the Committee’s social media pages using Twitter & Instagram: @UNISPAL, Facebook: @UN.palestinianrights.

Watch the live stream on UN Web TV:
http://webtv.un.org/
YouTube: 
https://youtu.be/ltlf1WlbR2o
Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/UNWebTV/status/1286709077427523585
Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/UNWebTV/posts/3519130904765768

Reshare live updates in English and Arabic from
twitter.com/unispal and facebook.com/UN.palestinianrights
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Webinar  •  28 July 2020
9am Pacific / 12 noon Eastern / 4pm GMT
#NoWayToTreatAChild Global Advocacy Update
Defense for Children International – Palestine
and American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)


Please join #nowaytotreatachild campaign co-leaders as we share updates on global advocacy to end Israeli military detention of Palestinian children, including renewed efforts in Canada and the United Kingdom. You can also expect a crash course in how the United Nations system interacts with our human rights work.

This campaign has spearheaded efforts in Congress to advance Palestinian rights. Its biggest success in the current congressional session has been supporting Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) to introduce H.R. 2407, the "Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act." The bill prohibits U.S. taxpayer funding for the military detention of children in any country, including Israel.

BACKGROUND
Approximately 2.9 million Palestinians live in the occupied West Bank, of which around 45 percent are children under the age of 18. Palestinian children in the West Bank, like adults, face arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment under an Israeli military detention system that denies them basic rights.

Since 1967, Israel has operated two separate legal systems in the same territory. In the occupied West Bank, Israeli settlers are subject to the civilian and criminal legal system whereas Palestinians live under military law. Israel applies civilian criminal law to Palestinian children in East Jerusalem. No Israeli child comes into contact with the military courts.

Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that automatically and systematically prosecutes children in military courts that lack fundamental fair trial rights and protections. Israel prosecutes between 500 and 700 Palestinian children in military courts each year. Ill-treatment in the Israeli military detention system remains “widespread, systematic, and institutionalized throughout the process,” according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report Children in Israeli Military Detention Observations and Recommendations

Children typically arrive to interrogation bound, blindfolded, frightened, and sleep deprived. Children often give confessions after verbal abuse, threats, physical and psychological violence that in some cases amounts to torture. Israeli military law provides no right to legal counsel during interrogation, and Israeli military court judges seldom exclude confessions obtained by coercion or torture.
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Webinar  •  29 July 2020
1am Pacific / 4am Eastern / 8am GMT / 6pm Australian Eastern
Palestine Talks: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the Validation of BDS
Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA)

In recent years anti-BDS state repression leading to the criminalization of BDS has occurred in Europe, particularly in France and Germany. Now the European Court of Human Rights has set aside one such conviction by France's highest criminal court. What are the ramifications?

Speaker: Paul Heywood-Smith, AFOPA’s patron and distinguished previous Chair of the Association.
Watch it on Zoom using this link (this is not a registration link):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/897020313
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Webinar  •  30 July 2020
10:30am PT, 1:30pm ET (US, Canada)  / 5:30pm GMT
Impact of Annexation: Voices from Palestine
Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)


What does Israel’s planned annexation of 33% of the West Bank mean for Palestinians and for the international solidarity movement for Palestinian rights? Join MECA for this important virtual event! Two leading voices in Palestine will share analysis, visual presentations, and stories from the Palestinian communities on the ground.

Diana Buttu is a Ramallah-based analyst and lawyer specializing in negotiations, international law and human rights law. She was part of the Palestinian team that achieved the successful litigation of the Separation Wall before the International Court of Justice. Buttu frequently provides analysis on Palestine for international news outlets such as CNN, the BBC and Al Jazeera.

Jama Juma is the coordinator of the Stop the Wall campaign. He organizes against Israeli apartheid locally and internationally. Juma contributed to the founding of the grassroots National Committee for BDS in 2005.

Register here - scroll down the page

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Webinar  •  30 July 2020
5pm Pacific, 8:00pm Eastern (US, Canada) / 12am GMT
Why We Can’t Wait
Report from the Hill: HR-40 and Reparations

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference


Join us for a clergy update and engaging conversation with REP. SHEILA JACKSON LEE (D-TX), chief sponsor of H.R.40.

This bill establishes the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans. The commission shall examine slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies. Among other requirements, the commission shall identify (1) the role of federal and state governments in supporting the institution of slavery, (2) forms of discrimination in public and private sectors against freed slaves and their descendants, and (3) lingering negative effects of slavery on living African-Americans and society.

See the bill here:
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/40

This event is sponsored by the National African American Reparations Commission, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, the Black Church PAC, and the National Council of Churches.
Register here

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Webinar  •  30 July 2020
11-12:30pm Pacific / 2-3:30pm Eastern / 6-7:30 GMT
Who Lives and Who Dies: How COVID-19 Has Shined a Light on the Politics of Death in United States
National Council of Churches

The political scientist Achille Mbembe conceptualizes necropolitics as such: “The ultimate expression of sovereignty resides, to a large degree, in the power and the capacity to dictate who may live and who must die.” COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that has highlighted a historic truth about the United States. The country was founded and built on systemic and systematic race, class and gender hierarchical constructs that ranks the value of people groups. The coronavirus has shined a light on how our systems and structures determine who should live and who is expendable.


Join the National Council of Churches in a theological, political and cultural conversation on necropolitics, the politics of death, with three of the most sought after scholars on politics, religion, and culture.

Dr. Brittney Cooper is Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. Dr. Cooper is the author of Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (U of Illinois Press, 2017), winner of the Organization of American Historians Merle Curti Prize for Best Book in U.S. Intellectual History. She is also author of the New York Times Bestselling Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin's Press, 2018). Professor Cooper has been named to The Root 100 multiple times, most recently in 2018. She is a frequent commentator for MSNBC and her work has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, the Washington Post, BET, Essence Magazine, the Root and many other publications

Dr. Melanye Price, Endowed Professor of Political Science and principal investigator for the Mellon Foundation African American Studies Initiative at Prairie View A&M University, Houston TX. Price’s research and teaching expertise include black politics, public opinion, political rhetoric, and social movements. She is the author of, “The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race” (NYU, 2016) and “Dreaming Blackness: Black Nationalism and African American Public Opinion” (NYU, 2009).  Dr. Price has is a sought after political commentator whose opinion has been published in several media outlets including The New York Times, Ms. Magazine, The Hartford Courant, Vox, Pacifica and NYC and CT Public Radio.

Rev. Dr. Obery M. Hendricks, Jr. , is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Democracy Collaborative in Washington, DC. Dr. Hendricks has been called one of the most provocative and innovative commentators on the intersection of religion, politics and social policy in America today. A widely sought lecturer and media spokesperson, his media appearances include C-SPAN, PBS, NPR, al-Jazeera Television, Fox News, the Bloomberg Network, among others. He is also an editorial advisor to the award-winning Tikkun magazine, a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, and a principal commentator in the The Oxford Annotated Bible. Dr. Hendricks is the author of The Universe Bends Toward Justice: Radical Reflections on the Bible, the Church and the Body Politic (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2011) and The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted (New York: Doubleday, 2006).

Rev. Aundreia Alexander (Moderator) is the Associate General Secretary for Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace at the National Council of Churches.
Register here
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Webinar  •  30 July 2020
11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern / 6pm GMT
Interview with Dr. Andrew Bacevich
Indiana Center for Middle East Peace (ICMEP)

Dr. Andrew Bacevich (Col., US Army ret.) is Co-founder and President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He is former Director, Boston University's Center for International Relations, and retired career officer in the US Army. A vocal critic of the US occupation of Iraq, his son, Andrew, also an Army officer, was killed in action in Iraq by an IED in 2007. His most recent book: The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory (2020).

Bacevich will be interviewed by Dr. Michael Spath, the Founder and Executive Director of Indiana Center for Middle East Peace based in Fort Wayne, IN. He holds a PhD in Historical Theology, with an emphasis in Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in New Testament. Spath currently serves as the Co-chair of the Board of Directors for Friends of Sabeel North America, the Christian voice for Palestine in the US, on the board of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA (ICAHD-USA), and as a member of the United Church of Christ Palestine-Israel Network.

Join the Zoom meeting here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82970562905?pwd=TUdTNTk4UlQyR24rdnRHU3Y3T0ROdz09
Meeting ID: 829 7056 2905       Passcode: 644374

Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Find your local number:
https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keBm55JmRI
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Webinar  •  4 August 2020
3:30pm Pacific / 6:30pm Eastern / 10:30pm GMT
From the Oslo Accords to BDS:
Topography of Palestine’s Activism in the US

The Jerusalem Fund


Dr. Hatem Bazian will chart the shift in American public opinion around Palestine. This shift is the result of an accumulative process that took shape during the 1980s and early 90s, and finds context in several successful national and transnational movements. As the PLO faced increased regional pressure in the post-Lebanese civil war and the end of the Cold War, the Palestinian diaspora successfully managed to reinvigorate the Palestine solidarity movement and stimulate a steady shift in public opinion. Palestinians in the U.S. also played a critical role in the South African Anti-Apartheid Movement, Central American Solidarity Movement, anti-War mobilization, and national efforts to bring about racial and economic justice. Within this context, Dr. Bazian will discuss the pre-Oslo landscape of Palestine activism and the grassroots challenges resulting from the signing of the Accords that led up to the emergence of a diverse coalition on college campuses, and the birth of the BDS movement.

Hatem Bazian is co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College, the first accredited Muslim Liberal Arts College in the United States. In addition, Bazian is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Between 2002-2007, he also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian helped co-found Students for Justice in Palestine on the Berkeley campus in 1992 and worked to promote it on a national level, and in 2005, Dr. Bazian co-founded American Muslims for Palestine.

     In 2009, Bazian founded at Berkeley the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender, a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims. In 2012 he launched the Islamophobia Studies Journal, which is published bi-annually through a collaborative effort between the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project of the Center for Race and Gender at the University of California at Berkeley, and several academic institutions.

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Webinar  •  5 August 2020
11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern / 6pm GMT
Interview with Ali Abunimah
Indiana Center for Middle East Peace (ICMEP)
 
Journalist, analyst, author, founder of Electronic Intifada. Ali Abunimah is a frequent commentator on MSNBC, CNN, and others. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and Al-Jazeera. His books include: One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse.

Abunimah will be interviewed by Dr. Michael Spath, the Founder and Executive Director of Indiana Center for Middle East Peace based in Fort Wayne, IN. Spath holds a PhD in Historical Theology, with an emphasis in Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in New Testament. He currently serves as the Co-chair of the Board of Directors for Friends of Sabeel North America, the Christian voice for Palestine in the US, on the board of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA (ICAHD-USA), and as a member of the United Church of Christ Palestine-Israel Network.
For the link to the Zoom session, you can contact Michael Spath at:
Lmichaelspath@gmail.com
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89797485800?pwd=eEJxQ0FhZHNxVnhvZVF4VGsvaTNMdz09
Find the next upcoming ICMEP event and recordings of past events at:
https://www.facebook.com/IndianaCMEP/events/
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Webinar  •  11 August 2020
11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern / 6pm GMT
Interview with Sahar Vardi
Indiana Center for Middle East Peace (ICMEP)

At age 14, Sahar joined the daily protests against the illegal Israeli separation wall in Bil’in village (5 Broken Cameras), and at 18, she became a conscientious objector, serving three prison sentences, finally released from military prison in January 2009. Sahar is now the Israel Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) in Jerusalem, and has been featured as part of the Nobel Women’s Initiative.

Vardi will be interviewed by Dr. Michael Spath, the Founder and Executive Director of Indiana Center for Middle East Peace based in Fort Wayne, IN. Spath holds a PhD in Historical Theology, with an emphasis in Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in New Testament. He currently serves as the Co-chair of the Board of Directors for Friends of Sabeel North America, the Christian voice for Palestine in the US, on the board of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA (ICAHD-USA), and as a member of the United Church of Christ Palestine-Israel Network.

For the link to the Zoom session, you can contact Michael Spath at:
Lmichaelspath@gmail.com
We will post the link here when it becomes publicly available.
Find the next upcoming ICMEP event and recordings of past events at:
https://www.facebook.com/IndianaCMEP/events/

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Webinar  •  20 August 2020
11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern / 6pm GMT
Interview with Linda Sarsour
Indiana Center for Middle East Peace (ICMEP)

Linda Sarsour is one of the most prominent Palestinian-American Muslims in the country, a co-chair of the 2017 and 2019 Women’s March on Washington. She and her Women’s March co-chairs were profiled in Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2017. She also served as a campaign surrogate, especially in the Muslim community, for Bernie Sanders. This year, Linda published We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders: A Memoir of Love and Resistance, about how growing up Palestinian Muslim American, feminist, empowered and inspired her to become a globally recognized activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country.

Sarsour will be interviewed by Dr. Michael Spath, the Founder and Executive Director of Indiana Center for Middle East Peace based in Fort Wayne, IN. Spath holds a PhD in Historical Theology, with an emphasis in Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in New Testament. He currently serves as the Co-chair of the Board of Directors for Friends of Sabeel North America, the Christian voice for Palestine in the US, on the board of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA (ICAHD-USA), and as a member of the United Church of Christ Palestine-Israel Network.

For the link to the Zoom session, you can contact Michael Spath at:
Lmichaelspath@gmail.com
We will post the link here when it becomes publicly available.
Find the next upcoming ICMEP event and recordings of past events at:
https://www.facebook.com/IndianaCMEP/events/

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FILM: From Balfour to Banksy
Watch Party • 20 August 2020
3:30pm Pacific / 6:30pm Eastern / 10:30pm GMT
Watch the video here: 
https://www.youtube.co/watch?v=FT7R9pNwXF8

Also at the film website:https://www.balfourtobanksy.com/

Zoom Discussion  •  26 August 2020
3:30pm Pacific / 6:30pm Eastern / 10:30pm GMT

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace (ICMEP)


100 years ago, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour’s ‘Balfour Declaration’ had a disastrous impact: the dispossession of the Palestinian people. The film looks at its implications – a wide range of views from occupied Palestine today, ranging from anger to attempts at envisioning a future. It also shows the vision of another Brit, the contemporary artist/activist Banksy, who has created in Palestine a hotel that is also a remarkable satirical art installation.

For the link to the Zoom session, you can contact Michael Spath at:
Lmichaelspath@gmail.com
We will post the link here when it becomes publicly available.
Find the next upcoming ICMEP event and recordings of past events at:
https://www.facebook.com/IndianaCMEP/events/

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Virtual Convention  •  28 August 2020
4pm PT / 7pm ET (US, Canada) / 11pm GMT
The Black National Convention
Movement for Black Lives


Building Power & Policy in Defense of Black Lives

After several weeks of national and global protests over the state-sanctioned murders of Black people, today The Movement for Black Lives
(M4BL) announced it will host the 2020 Black National Convention (BNC) on Friday, August 28th.


In honor of the first National Black Convention held in Gary, Indiana in 1972, M4BL will meet this historic moment with a national convention to shape a Black agenda ahead of the 2020 elections, where the Black community will play a pivotal role. The Black National Convention will be live broadcast and feature a series of conversations, performances, and other activations geared toward engaging, informing, and mobilizing Black communities. At the convention, voters will ratify a Black national
agenda ahead of the November elections guided by the Vision for Black Lives (V4BL) – a comprehensive and visionary policy agenda endorsed by over 50 Black-led organizations in the Movement for Black Lives ecosystem, along with hundreds of allied organizations and individuals.

Download the full press release
Download the Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more and sign up for updates here:
https://blacknovember.org/
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FILM: The Occupation of the American Mind
Watch party  • 10 September 2020
3:30pm Pacific / 6:30pm Eastern / 10:30pm GMT

Webinar  •  17 September 2020
3:30pm Pacific / 6:30pm Eastern / 10:30pm GMT
An Evening with Sut Jhally, Executive Producer

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace (ICMEP)

We first screened “The Occupation of the American Mind” three years ago. We’ll host a “Watch Party,”  online on Sept. 10th. Then, on Sept 17th, we’ll spend an evening with Executive Producer, Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication at University of Massachusetts. Sut is also Founder and Executive Director of Media Education Foundation, whose goal it is to produce and distribute educational resources to inspire critical reflection on the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media.

For the link to the Zoom session, you can contact Michael Spath at:
Lmichaelspath@gmail.com
We will post the link here when it becomes publicly available.
Find the next upcoming ICMEP event and recordings of past events at:
https://www.facebook.com/IndianaCMEP/events/

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Event Series / Virtual Conference  •  14-18 September 2020
See website for schedule details
Virtual Palestine Advocacy Day
American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)
$10 registration fee

     The advocacy week includes interactive online training, a training manual and resources, a plenary session with Members of Congress, advocacy day assistant app, group discussions and projects, and meetings with Members of Congress and Congressional office staff.
     Since 2015, American Muslims for Palestine has organized an annual Palestine Advocacy Day and Training weekend to educate students, community activists, and organizers —young and old—on civic engagement and policy work exclusively on the issue of Palestine.

    Invited guest lecturers and instructors provide an in-depth course on legislative advocacy and the political process in the U.S. with workshops on:
    •    The Structures of Government
    •    Community & Movement History – Building Power
    •    Understanding Civic Engagement
    •    How to Speak to Elected Officials and Their Offices
    •    Direct Action & Its Uses
    •    Political Advocacy & Political/Electoral Organizing
    •    Training on Making Asks on Specific Policy Issues
    •    Public Speaking

Learn more and Register:
https://palestineadvocacy.com 

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An Appeal from UMKR


UMKR has important church legislation for our denomination's global General Conference, to be held in 2021. These resolutions address:

protecting Palestinian children,
defending the right to boycott,
divesting from the bonds of occupation governments, and other timely justice issues.


We also have BIG PLANS for educating

A LOT of people throughout our church about Palestinian rights, with literature, displays, speakers, meals, and witness actions!


With very limited resources, UMKR has made a BIG  impact in the global United Methodist Church! Groundbreaking divestment and boycott actions by the UMC would never have happened without UMKR's advocacy AND all the extraordinary partners and allies who helped us.


General Conference is always our BEST OPPORTUNITY to make a worldwide impactfor Palestinian rights throughout our denomination.


But, if we are to succeed in advocating for justice with thousands of United Methodists who come to General Conference from four continents,WE NEED YOUR HELP!


Click the green button and take action now:






Please give as generously as you can, and

know that whatever you are able to give

will be greatly appreciated.

Don't miss the webinar series from Sabeel, on the right.  ▶︎

Recorded Webinar  •  14 April 2020:
Legislating Against Criticism of Israel
- the Ongoing Assault on Americans' Free Speech

Palestine Legal and Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP)

Peter Beinart, leading journalist, political commentator and author  • Dima Khalidi, Founder and Director of Palestine Legal, Cooperating Counsel at Center for Constitutional Rights  • Lara Friedman, President, Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), political analyst
     The U.S. is facing ongoing and ever-expanding efforts to use new legislation as a weapon to quash free speech and activism that challenges Israeli policies. This webinar, featuring experts who are on the front lines of challenging and documenting these efforts, explores the phenomenon in its various current and emerging forms, including so-called anti-BDS laws and legislation that exploits the pretext of fighting antisemitism.
     The discussion includes an examination of the various forms of attack, the situation in state legislatures and Congress, and the role of Executive Orders. It will also examine legal efforts to challenge such laws, including court cases thus far and likely cases that could emerge in the future.
Watch it here
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Recorded Webinar  •  13 April 2020
Israel-Palestine at the International Criminal Court
Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP)
     • Dr Michael G Kearney (Al Haq)  • Hagai El-Ad (B’Tselem)  • Liz Evenson (Human Rights Watch)  • Katherine Gallagher (Center for Constitutional Rights) • Lara Friedman (FMEP)
     The International Criminal Court (ICC) is currently considering opening a formal probe into Israeli and Palestinian actions in the Occupied Territories. This webinar examines that case — what it is about, why and how it was brought before the ICC, and the controversy that it has generated. Our expert panelists also delve into the broader stakes involved in this case – a case that is testing the legitimacy and viability of both the court and the international law it is designed to uphold.
Watch it here
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Recorded Webinar  •  7 April 2020
COVID-19 & The Settlements
The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) and Americans for Peace Now (APN)
     This webinar looks at settlements and occupation in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, including the very different Israeli policies vis-a-vis movement and travel of Palestinians and West Bank settlers, Israeli government moves to advance settlement projects while the world’s focus is on the health crisis, and continued settler violence against Palestinians.
    The webinar features two experts who work on these issues on the ground:  Lior Amihai, Executive Director of Yesh Din. and Brian Reeves, Director Development & External Relations at Peace Now. The moderator is FMEP President Lara Friedman.
Watch it here
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Recorded Webinar Series •  March-April 2020
A Three-Part Series: COVID-19 & the Healthcare Systems in Israel/Palestine
Middle East Institute (MEI) and Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP)

     For nations around the globe, the COVID-19 crisis is both creating new challenges and exacerbating existing ones. This is especially true in Israel-Palestine, where Israelis and Palestinians live in close proximity, all under overarching Israeli authority but under regimes that afford them separate and grossly unequal access to health services.
  In this context, the webinar series will examine how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting the very different and yet highly interconnected environments in Israel-Palestine, highlighting expert voices on the ground.
Co-hosts:Lara Friedman (FMEP) and Khaled Elgindy (MEI)

Part 3: Israel
Henriette Chacar, +972 Magazine
Ran Goldstein, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel
Watch it here

Part 2: West Bank and East Jerusalem
Tareq Baconi, International Crisis Group

Jessica Montell, HaMoked - Israeli human rights & legal aid center
Watch it here

Part 1: Gaza
Tania Hary, Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement

Dr. Ghada Al Jadba, UNRWA
Watch it here
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Recorded Webinar  •  25 March 2020
Update on Coronavirus in Palestine

Mondoweiss
Palestine correspondent, Yumna Patel, joined Mondoweiss senior editor Phil Weiss to give a detailed update on the coronavirus outbreak in Palestine. Patel is based in Bethlehem, the epicenter of the outbreak in the occupied West Bank.
Watch it here

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Webinar  •  12 August 2020
10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London  / 8pm Palestine
Christian Zionism
MFSA and UMKR


MFSA and UMKR present two recognized authorities on Christian Zionism, a disturbing political theology embraced by millions of Americans who now have a tremendous influence on US foreign policy with regard to Israel and Palestine.


Our speakers will help us understand the theology of Christian Zionism, why it is an inaccurate interpretation of Scripture, how it is harming Palestinian Christians and the entire Middle East peace process, and how to counter this theology in our churches.

OUR SPEAKERS:

Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer is ordained Anglican clergy and a celebrated authority on Christian Zionism. His books include: Christian Zionism: Roadmap to Armageddon and Zion's Christian Soldiers: The Bible, Israel and the Church. In 2006, he co-authored the "Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism" for the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem.


Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac is Academic Dean of Bethlehem Bible College and pastor of Christmas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, Palestine. He is the author of From Land to Lands, from Eden to the Renewed Earth: A Christ-Centered Biblical Theology of the Promised Land and The Other Side of the Wall: A Palestinian Christian Narrative of Lament and Hope.

Hosted by Bridget Cabrera, Executive Director, Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA)
Moderated by Rev. John Wagner, Co-Chair of United Methodists for Kairos Response (UMKR)
Register here:
https://tinyurl.com/CZ-webinar

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Webinar Series  •  Every Tuesday
8am Pacific / 11am Eastern / 3pm GMT / 6pm Palestine
KUMI NOW
Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center


To bring activists around the world together for Palestine, Kumi Now is hosting weekly video gatherings to connect activists with the organizations working for Palestine and get everyone involved in activism for Palestine.  Gatherings happen every Tuesday at 6:00pm Palestinian time (GMT+3). That’s 8:00am in Seattle, 10:00am in Chicago, 11:00am in New York, 4:00pm in London, 5:00pm across much of Europe.

Each session features at least one speaker from the co-host organization, and often additional speakers from Sabeel or other organizations, ensuring you get a broad exposure to the people and organizations involved in the movement for Palestinian rights. Each session also includes a Q and A: the opportunity to share our thoughts and ideas among activists.












4 August 2020 (Week 42)
An Evening of Palestinian Art
We will celebrate Palestinian culture and art through film and other forms of art. Guests will be announced soon!










11 August 2020 (Week 43)
Defense for Children International–Palestine and Youth Detention
Khaled Quzmar, general director of DCIP, will inform us on the state Israel’s illegal use of youth detention.








18 August 2020 (Week 44)
Churches for Middle East Peace and Living in Gaza Under Blockade.
Guests to be confirmed. We will use this evening to learn about the current state of affairs in Gaza.








25 August 2020 (Week 45)
Dar al-Kalima and Art as Resistance
Guests to be confirmed. This evening, we will learn ways in which art is being used as a form of resistance in Palestine.


To sign up for the webinars that interest you, use this link and see the form at the bottom of the page: https://kuminow.com/online

Learn more about Sabeel’s Kumi Now initiative:
https://kuminow.com/online/
See all of Kumi’s past webinars here:
https://kuminow.com/online-archives/
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Connect with the Palestinians in the

Holy Land and with activists around

the world. During the Covid-19 global

health crisis, while so many of us are

required to stay at home, there are an

abundance of digital events being

scheduled.

Many are educational and also provide avenues for justice action, some

include film screenings, and others provide personal support in a difficult time.


Have an event to suggest for this page?
Let us know:
info@kairosresponse.org

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United Methodists are responding to the urgent call from Palestinian Christians in Kairos Palestine:  
A Moment of Truth,  to end the Israeli occupation and achieve a just peace in the Holy Land. UMKR seeks, through nonviolent action and in partnership with Christians in Palestine:  Freedom, Justice, and Equality for All Palestinians and Israelis.

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