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Webinar • 9 September 2020
10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 8pm Palestine
Is It Antisemitic to Criticize the State of Israel?
Antisemitism is a real and persistent evil that needs to be identified and eradicated.
At the same time, the charge of antisemitism can be a highly potent weapon against the movement for Palestinian rights.
Today that weapon is being used throughout the US and in many other countries to destroy personal reputations, bring legal charges against certain individuals and rob others of valuable opportunities, intimidate private and governmental institutions, and shut down free speech on campuses.
In this webinar, our two speakers take a close look at this controversial issue, especially as it impacts the church, and discuss how we can appropriately respond.
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Bishop Hope Morgan Wardis the Resident Bishop for the North Carolina Conference in the United Methodist Church. During her many years of church service, she has been a youth director, Christian educator, pastor, Director of Connectional Ministries, and District Superintendent in the North Carolina Conference. Ward has served as president of the UMC's largest agency for ministry, the General Board of Global Ministries, and also as president of JustPeace, the UMC's Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation of the UMC. Now she serves on the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) and oversees the Vietnam Mission Initiative. Bishop Ward has visited Israel/Palestine more than once, including with a special delegation of women bishops organized by GBCS, and she was the chair of the UMC's Israel-Palestine Task Force created by General Conference 2016.
Dr. Mark Braverman has deep roots in the Holy Land – his grandfather, a fifth generation Palestinian Jew, was born in Jerusalem, emigrating to the U.S. as a young man. Mark grew up in the U.S. and was raised in the Jewish tradition, studying Bible, Hebrew literature, and Jewish history. Returning to Israel/Palestine in 2006, he was transformed by witnessing the occupation of Palestine and by encounters with Muslim, Christian and Jewish activists and civil society leaders. Since then, Mark has devoted himself full-time to the Israel/Palestine conflict. He has been closely involved in the growth of the international church movement to support the Palestinian cause. In 2009, he participated in the launch of the Kairos Palestine document in Bethlehem. Braverman is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Kairos USA, a movement that mobilizes American Christians to take a prophetic stance for justice in Israel/Palestine. He is also a celebrated international speaker and author; his books include "Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land," and "A Wall in Jerusalem: Hope, Healing, and the Struggle for Justice in Israel and Palestine."