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Boston (MA) Conference

Conference Start Date: 
Friday, October 26, 2007 to Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Apartheid Paradigm in Palestine-Israel: Issue of Justice & Peace
October 26-27, 2007 - Old South Church, Copley Square, Boston, MA

Report in Brief: Almost 900 people attended this, the largest conference to be held by Sabeel in the U.S. The event drew opposition from pro-occupation and pro-Zionist groups primarily in the wider Boston area. The Boston Globe published a number of of pre-conference editorials (including one by Archbishop Tutu below) and several post-conference articles. The Sabeel conference was supported by Jewish Voice for Peace which sponsored a solidarity rally in Copley Square immediately following the end of the Sabeel conference, and coinciding with a massive anti-war march. 10,000 people protesting the Iraq War marched through Copley Square, greeted by hundreds of Sabeel conference participants.


Boston Conference Co-Sponsors (partial list)

  • American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee—Massachusetts Chapter
  • American Friends Service Comm.--Peace & Economic Security Program
  • Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights
  • Boston Theological Institute
  • Episcopal Divinity School
  • Grassroots International
  • ICHAD-USA (Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions)
  • Jewish Voice for Peace—Boston Chapter
  • Massachusetts Islamic Society
  • Middle East Children’s Alliance
  • National Lawyers Guild—Massachusetts Chapter
  • Pax Christi Massachusetts
  • Society of Saint John the Evangelist
  • Somerville/Medford United for Justice and Peace
  • Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East
  • U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
  • Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safety—Peace & Justice Task Force


Keynote Address by Archbishop Desmond Tutu:

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Full text address
Download PDF format
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Event Pictures:
By Stewart Chong

By Pat Westwater-Jong


DVDs Available for Purchase at The Arabic Hour