- Date: –
- Venue: The Palestine Center
Reverend Naim Ateek, Founder of the Sabeel Palestinian Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
Max Blumenthal, Author, and Tarek Abuata, Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America
*A light lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. Talk begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.
In mid-May President Trump will move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem (the first country to do so) with the stated purpose of “taking Jerusalem off the table,” i.e., to support Israel’s claim to sovereignty over the entire city and erase the rights of Palestinian Muslims and Christians under international law.
Nothing could be more provocative and threatening of the final status issue proposed by the 1947 UN Partition Plan. In fact, ever since the war of 1948, the final status of Jerusalem has been a thorny issue between Palestinians and Israelis, preventing the city from becoming the intended “corpus separatum” shared by all three Abrahamic faiths living under international control. Seventy years later the stakes are higher as the role of religion has grown: Israel is falling under the control of fanatical Jews, the Islamic world struggles with militant Islam, and powerful Christian Zionists work to foster Armageddon and the destruction of both rival religions.
This panel will focus 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. Panelists will explore 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. Reverend Ateek will also discuss his new book, A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice, and the Palestine-Israel Conflict, copies of which will be available for purchase after the lecture.
Biographies of Speakers
Reverend Naim Ateek is the founder and president of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation; Faith and the Intifada: Palestinian Christian Voices; Jerusalem: What Makes for Peace; Our Story: The Palestinians; Holy Land, Hollow Jubilee: God, Justice and the Palestinians; and A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation.
Max Blumenthal is the award-winning author of Goliath, Republican Gomorrah, and The 51 Day War. He is also senior editor at Alternet and the co-host of the podcast, Moderate Rebels.
Tarek Abuata is the Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America. Prior to this he served as representative of Rev. Bernard LaFayette, a protégé of Dr. Martin Luther King, training Palestinian youth in nonviolence principles and steps. He also worked for eight years as coordinator of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron and worked with the Negotiations Support Unit of the Palestinian Authority, researching legal and policy issues. Born into a Palestinian Christian family in Bethlehem, Abuata moved to Texas during the first Palestinian Intifada at the age of 12. He graduated from the University of Texas Law School.