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Pleasant Hill, CA, Conference

Conference Start Date: 
Friday, March 21, 2014 to Saturday, March 22, 2014

Videos from Voices For Justice & Peace in the Holy Land

A Conference co-hosted by NorCal Friends of Sabeel & Christ the King Church
held in March, 2014 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Pleasant Hill, California.

It was an opportunity to hear from and talk with Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and secular leaders, scholars, and activists about the situation in Palestine/Israel

Keynote Speaker:  Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler, Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, Washington, D.C., and National President of Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice.

Plenary speakers:

  • Susan Abulhawa, Palestinian American writer and political commentator
  • Omar Barghouti, Palestinian researcher and human rights activist
  • Dr. Lonnie Bristow, medical doctor and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Dr. Clayborne Carson, professor and director of the MLK Center at Stanford University
  • Dr. Illan Pappé, Israeli historian and professor at Exeter University, England
  • Amb. Edward Peck, career diplomat and president of Foreign Services International
  • Col. Ann Wright, retired US Army colonel and former State Department officer

Conference Schedule
Friday, March 21, 2014
(12:00-9:30 p.m.)
       Registration (12:00 onwards)
       Plenary: Middle East Turmoil and the Policy of Intervention (Amb. Ed Peck & Col. Ann Wright)
       Plenary: Toward Power: Challenging the Current Orientation of the Palestinian Struggle (Susan Abulhawa)
       Keynote: One Common Struggle for Justice and Equality (Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler)
       Poetry readings and music   

Saturday, March 22, 2014 (8:00-4:00 p.m.)
       Registration (8:00 onwards), light breakfast
       Plenary: The Ongoing Nakba and the Prospect for One Democratic State (Dr. Ilan Pappé)
       Plenary: Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions (BDS): The South Africa Moment for the Palestinian Struggle (Omar Barghouti)
       Plenary: Palestine and the Legacy of MLK (Dr. Lonnie Bristow & Dr. Clayborne Carson)


About the Speakers
Ziad Abbas is program manager for cross-cultural programs at Middle East Children’s Alliance.

Susan Abulhawa is a Palestinian American writer and political commentator.

Hisham Ahmed is professor of politics at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA.

Claire Anastas is a Palestinian who lives under the Israeli occupation in Bethlehem.

José Arcellana is former chair of Buena Vista’s Committee on Church and Society and is a member of the Friends of Wadi Fouquin.

Omar Barghouti is an independent Palestinian researcher and human rights activist.

Dalit Baum is an Israeli BDS activist and director of the Middle East Program of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in San Francisco.

Hatem Bazian is president of American Muslims for Palestine and lecturer at UC Berkeley & Zaytuna College.

Lonnie Bristow is a medical doctor who studied at Morehouse College with Martin Luther King.

Clayborn Carson is a professor and director of the MLK Jr. Research Institute at Stanford University.

Walt Davis is a pastor who serves on the Presbyterian Israel-Palestine Mission Network.

Eran Efrati is a veteran Israeli soldier who worked with Breaking the Silence.

Richard Falk is special rapporteur on Occupied Palestine for the UN Human Rights Council.

Larry George is a retired United Methodist pastor who has visited Palestine many times.

Graylan Scott Hagler is an African American pastor and activist devoted to human rights.

Liz Jackson is staff attorney with Palestine Solidarity Legal Support Center.

Gerald Lenoir is a leader of African American delegations to Palestine.

Barbara Lubin is a long-time activist and co-founder of the Middle East Children’s Alliance.

Ilan Pappé is an Israeli historian and professor at the University of Exeter in the UK.

Edward Peck is an American diplomat who has considerable experience in the Middle East.

Don Wagner is a Presbyterian minister who is program director of FOSNA. 

Alison Weir is a journalist, prolific writer, and executive director of If Americans Knew.

Maya Wind is an Israeli activist who helped to establish the 2008 Refusenik group.

Alissa Wise is a rabbi who has been an activist for justice in Israel/Palestine for over a decade.

Ann Wright is a retired United States Army colonel and former U.S. State Department official.

Erin Yoshi is an activist and co-founder and executive director of the Estria Foundation.

Michael Yoshii is pastor of the Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Alameda.

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