In Chicago, Daniel joins a protest outside the annual fundraiser of the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces. Oct. 2012.
No one would say it’s easy to question beliefs you have held your whole life.
For Daniel Kaplan, an American Jew who organizes college students in a national campaign to pressure divestment from corporations that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine, answering these questions honestly meant reconciling a deep sense of justice with an equally deep sense of himself.
Daniel grew up in a liberal Jewish community in the Chicago area that taught him that Jews’ struggles with persecution compel them to stand up for others who are oppressed and persecuted.
During our work with students, AFSC has been witness to increasingly well organized and well funded efforts to silence student speech in support of Palestinian rights. Forms of intimidation have included name calling, death threats, physical attacks, and legal actions. AFSC and 12 other organizations are now speaking out, affirming the First Amendment rights of students to speak on these issues.
Panel discussion on current situation in Syria: historical and political context of Syria's role in the region and why resolution is important but complex, the role of women and sectarianism, and international community's responses to date including possibilities of outside intervention. Please join us for this important conversation. Featuring:
Hisham Ahmad - Professor of Political Science at St. Mary's College
Suzan Boulad - Member Northern CA chapter of the Syrian American Council
A three hour gathering with an introduction by a moderator then experts will share analysis followed by a Q&A on the local and global implications of Arab Spring. We will Skype in several folks who have witnessed and participated in non-violent revolutionary actions in the Middle East. We will have a panel of local folks from different Arab American Communities in Atlanta speak. There will delicious food, and more. This program is presented in collaboraton with WAM partner The Arab Spring Committee.
Featuring Ghaith al-Omari and Gilead Sher, with Moderator John Murray
Israeli Gilead Sher and Palestinian Ghaith al-Omari, both experienced in past Middle East peace negotiations, will analyze current approaches toward resolving this seemingly intractable conflict and offer their insights on possible actions the parties may take during the coming year.
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