Photographer and journalist Monique Jaques presents her award-winning photo book,Gaza Girls: Growing Up in the Gaza Strip, which looks at moments of laughter, dreaming, and living for young girls in Gaza, despite the difficulty and constraints that define their reality. This project was first published in The New York Times and has been syndicated inMarie Claire Italy, Vogue Italy, Panorama Italy, The Telegraph and The Guardian UK. Jaques discusses how she produced this book and the lessons learned along the way.
Ahmed Oudeh presents the work of Eshraqah Youth Organization (EYO) in Beit Ummar, which focuses on grass roots nonviolent action, community empowerment, and sustainable agriculture. In addition to developmental programs based on a model built and run by workers’ groups in their communities in Beit Ummar, the EYO has been involved in local and international conferences to promote strategies of non-violent action, to bring together Israelis opposing the occupation and Palestinian communities.
Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh shares his views on the current situation in Palestine, now that the peace process has failed, and as it is clear that the policies of the US and Israeli governments are failing in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. The events surrounding Al-Aqsa mosque, in combination with those in Gaza and the invigoration of the BDS campaign have (re)established in the minds of most rational people that people power is still where things must be determined.
In this talk, James Zogby reviews the ideology and practice of the movement of political Zionism and its patron, British imperialism, that together were responsible for the denial of Palestinian rights, the subsequent campaigns of disinformation and the repression against the Palestinian people.
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.