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Cedar Falls (IA) Conference

Conference Start Date: 
Friday, October 9, 2009 to Saturday, October 10, 2009

An Iowa Friends of Sabeel conference:                                                 

A Free Palestine and a Secure Israel: From Occupation to Liberation and Reconciliation

Friday-Saturday October 9-10, 2009
Schindler Education Center
UNI Campus
Cedar Falls, IA

Sabeel is a Palestinian ecumenical Christian organization promoting justice and peace in the Holy Land, and Friends of Sabeel North America is an ecumenical organization of American Christians and others supporting the work of Sabeel.
FOSNA supports interfaith conferences around the U.S. to foster understanding about the Israel/Palestine issue and, in particular, how it affects Christians in the Holy Land. We are pleased to have hosted this October conference.

Presentation by Mark Braverman


Naim Ateek

Palestinian Anglican Canon, the founder/director of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in
Jerusalem. The author of A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation.

Fahed Abu-Akel
Former moderator of the Presbyterian Church USA. Helped to found the PCUSA Middle Eastern Caucus. Founder of Atlanta Ministry with International Students Inc.

Luai Amro
President of the Islamic Center of Des Moines, a growing and diverse community for over 40 years.

Anna Baltzer
Volunteer with the International Women’s Peace Service and is the author of the Witness in Palestine. Committed to sharing eyewitness experiences from the West Bank:

Phyllis Bennis
A Fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies, analyst and activist on Middle East and UN issues. Phyllis is the author of numerous books focused on Middle East issues, including Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A PrimerEnding the Iraq War: A PrimerUnderstanding the US-Iran Crisis: A PrimerCalling the Shots: How the US Dominates Today's UNBefore and After: US Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis.

Jeff Halper
Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions in Jerusalem, dedicated to rebuilding
Palestinian homes and resisting the occupation in all of its forms. Author of An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel.

Jonathan Kuttab
A member of the bar in Israel, Palestine and New York, Kuttab is an expert in international law. Jonathan co-founded the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence and the Mandela Institute for
Political Prisoners.

Don Wagner
Professor and Director of North Park University’s Center for Middle East Studies, seeking to foster awareness, understanding and reconciliation among peoples of the Abrahamic tradition. Author of Anxious for Armageddon: A Call to Partnership for Middle Eastern and Western Christians.