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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Friends of Sabeel Conference Feb. 15-16 Pasadena, CA


From Occupation to Liberation

A Friends of Sabeel Conference
Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Al-Nakba

Friends of SabeelFebruary 15 - 16, 2008
All Saints Church, Pasadena

Sabeel (Arabic for "The Way") is a Jerusalem-based, ecumenical, international, grassroots peace movement initiated by Palestinian Christians that promotes nonviolence, human rights, international law, democratic principles, and Gospel teaching on justice and peace-building.

Friends of Sabeel-North America (FOSNA) works in the U.S. and Canada to support the vision of Sabeel, cultivating the support of American churches through co-sponsored regional educational conferences, alternative pilgrimage, witness trips, and international gatherings in the Holy Land.

Keynote & Workshop Speakers
(Additional speakers not listed)

Chris Brown
Chris Brown is an independent journalist living in San Francisco. In 2004 he volunteered with Christian Peace Maker Teams near Hebron. While escorting Palestinian children to school he and a colleague were beaten by Israeli settlers.

Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek
From a position of faith, Dr. Ateek seeks to find solutions based on the faith principles of justice, peace, and nonviolence. A former Canon of St. George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem, he helped found the ministry of Sabeel.

Phyllis Bennis
Ms. Bennis is a senior analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., and a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She has been a writer, analyst and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years.

Other Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 12:
Vigil to Close the School of the Americas

Tuesday, January 15:
Israeli-Palestinian Confederation Debate

Saturday, January 19:
Listener's Way Workshop

Friday, January 25:
Combatants for Peace Founders Dinner

Rev. Dr. Donald Wagner
Reverend Wagner is professor and director of the Center of Middle Eastern Studies at North Park University in Chicago. He is also on the steering committee of FOSNA.

Anna Baltzer
Ms. Baltzer is a Jewish American Columbia graduate, Fulbright scholar, and volunteer with the International Women's Peace Service. She brings a Jewish perspective to experiencing occupation.

Dr. Laila Al-Marayati
Dr. Al-Marayati is the spokesperson and past president of the Muslim Women's League, a Los Angeles based organization dedicated to disseminating accurate information about Islam.

Rev. Garth Hewitt
As well as being a singer and songwriter Rev. Hewitt is Director of the Amos Trust, an organization committed to issues of justice, peace, development and human rights.

Hussam Ayloush
Mr. Ayloush is the Southern California Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs.

Robert Massoud
Founder of Zatoun, fair trade olive oil from Palestine, Robert Massoud has used the glorious gift of olive oil from Palestine to weave a web of inspiration and mass support in North America and build bridges to Palestine.

Nabila Espanioly
Nabila Espanioly founded the Al-Tufula center in Nazareth in 1989 and has served as the director since that time. Nabila is a founding member and current chairperson of the Mossawa Center, the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel.

Dr. Nadera Shaloub-Kervorkian
Dr. Shalhoub-Kervorkian is currently a lecturer in law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Institute of Criminology. She also holds a teaching position at the Hebrew University School of Social Work.

Rizek Abu Sharr
Rizek Abu Sharr was the first Palestinian General Director of YMCA in West Jerusalem. For 46 years he worked for dialogue and reconciliation among Christian, Jew and Muslim.

Dr. Gabriel Piterberg
Dr. Gabi Piterberg was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and grew up in Israel. Currently he is Associate Professor of History at UCLA. He has also taught at the University of Durham, England, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.


Sabeel Conference 2008Background to the Occupation
Brice Harris

Challenging Christian Zionism
Donald Wagner

Connecting With Gaza
Laila Al-Marayati

Indigenous Palestinian Christians:
History & the Emigration Problem
Naim Ateek & Rizek Abu - Sharr

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions
Phyllis Bennis

Non-violent Resistance to Occupation
Joshua Keaney & Matt Hamsher

A Jewish Voice in the Occupied Territories
Anna Baltzer

Activism in the Marketplace:
Supporting Palestinian Fair Trade
Robert Massoud, Bill Foote

Activism on Campus:
Confronting the Israel-Palestine Issue
Pouneh Behin & Lana Khoury

U.S. Policy Towards Islam &
Its impact on Palestine
Hussam Ayloush

Palestinian Citizens of Israel
Nabila Espanioly

Effects of Occupation on Women & Children
Nadera Shalhoub-Kervorkian

(workshops are subject to change)


Friday & Saturday:
$70 General Admission, $40 Student/Low Income

One Day Only - Friday:
$35 General Admission, $20 Student/Low Income

One Day Only - Saturday:
$40 General Admission, $20 Student/Low Income

Register before February 10th, 2008 to ensure your participation and meals. Prices include, Friday Dinner, Saturday Continental Breakfast & Lunch, and Parking. Childcare is available upon request.

Mail-In Registration Form >

To register with Visa or Mastercard, call the Friends of Sabeel main office in Portland, OR at (503) 653-6625.

Directions and Parking

Map / directions to All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena >

From the North or West, take the 134/210 Freeway to the Fair Oaks exit, continue straight on Corson St. to Euclid. Turn right to get to All Saints Church. From the East, take the 210 Freeway to the Lake Ave. exit and continue straight on Maple St. to Los Robles. Turn left over the Freeway to Union. Turn right on Union and right on Euclid to All Saints Church. From the South, take the 110 Freeway until it ends. Continue straight on Arroyo Blvd. to Green St. Turn right on Green and left on Los Robles. Turn left on Union, right on Euclid to All Saints Church.

Parking is available one block north and one block southeast of the church. Handicapped/senior parking is available in the church lot. Watch for signs.

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