Fr. Dr. Drew Christiansen, S. J, Dr. Carole Monica Burnett, and Sir Rateb Rabie are three authors who contributed to the recently published book, “What Jerusalem Means to Us”. here they share their intimate experiences in and reflections on the Holy City from this special collection of essays written by Palestinian and other Christians of various cultural, ethnic, and national backgrounds.
This panel focuses on the unique views of Jerusalemite Christian theologian and activist, Reverend Naim Ateek in conversation with author and commentator Max Blumenthal and director of Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), Tarek Abuata. Panel explores Ateek’s view that the religious faith of the people of Jerusalem – and anyone who reveres Jerusalem as a beacon of hope and peace – can overcome those who use religion to advance power agendas.
In commemoration of the Palestinian nakba, ongoing for the past 70 years, and in light of the wide-spread nakba that now defines the Middle East, Zeina Azzam, Zein El-Amine, Sharif Elmusa, and Kim Jensen read from their own works in combination with a variety of Palestinian resistance poets–Darwish, Zayyad, Al-Qasim–and more contemporary poets–Naomi Shihab Nye and Dareen Tatour.
Dr. John Quigley discusses Israel’s history of diplomacy in his delivery of the 2018 Hisham Sharabi Memorial Lecture.
Artist Rajie Cook talks about his experiences as an Arab-American graphic designer, whose parents, Najeeb and Jaleela Cook, came as Palestinian immigrants to the United States in search of peace and opportunity for themselves and their family. These experiences are detailed in his book, which evolves into a narrative of how he made his mark on the international stage of graphic design.
Author Jana El-Hassan talks about her book, The Ninety-Ninth Floor that was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2015. The story unfolds between the 1982 massacre at Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon and life in the city of New York in 2000. It follows the struggles and triumphs of Majed as he makes it in Manhattan at the turn of the century, after surviving the devastating 1982 massacre at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp.
Amidst a sometimes confusing barrage of news about the Middle East, Dr. Bernard Sabella, a Palestinian Christian, offers an enlightening, often humorous, personal narrative accompanied by reflections on lessons learned from his life in a conflict zone.
Nadia Hijab, Executive Director of Al-Shabaka, with Zena Agha and Yara Hawari, Policy Fellows of Al Shabaka, discuss how reframing the narrative on Palestine could help further the Palestinian struggle for freedom.