Two Israel-Palestine Task Force Events in April

April 16, 2009

Working closely with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the California-Nevada Annual Conference's Israel-Palestine Task Force is sponsoring two significant events in California this month: A Voice of Reconciliation From Gaza: A Presentation by Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, and an Interfaith Hearing on the Impact of U.S. Weapons on Civilians in Gaza.  

On Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m., join Dr. Abuelaish for conversation and a memorial ceremony at the First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, in Berkeley. 


Dr. Abuelaish, whose three daughters and a niece were killed in their home in Jabalya Refugee Camp by Israeli mortar fire, has devoted himself to health care for families and children and to the reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis. Toward this end he has met with First Lady Michelle Obama as well as the political leaders in the European Union (EU).

"Enough blood, enough animosity," Abuelaish said. "We must focus now on giving hope and love and good deeds and to focus on saving lives."


Deeply concerned about the use of U.S. weapons in the recent assault on Gaza, the American Friends Service Committee and the Interfaith Witness for Middle East Peace present the Citizen Hearings on the Impact of U.S. Weapons on Civilians in Gaza. The hearings will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2-5 p.m., at the Department of Health, Commission Hearings Room #300, 101 Grove St., in San Francisco.


The hearings will feature eye-witness testimony from residents of Gaza, weapons experts, and first hand responders - which will be heard by a Panel of Listeners, who will make recommendations to their sponsoring agencies, institutions, or constituents.


Interfaith Witness for Middle East Peace is a coalition of interfaith and community organizations committed to human dignity, security, and well-being for all inhabitants of the Holy Land.


Donations to support the organization's work will be appreciated. Mail your contribution to AFSC (with reference to Interfaith Witness for Middle East Peace), 65 Ninth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. 

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An Evening with Nobel Prize Nominee Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish

Citizen Hearings on the Impact of US Weapons on Civilians in Gaza