My name is Iyyad Rayyan from Ramallah-Palestine. I am a middle child among five siblings, which is a typical size for a Palestinian family. Since I was in the 9th grade, I started taking evening English courses to improve my language skills. Going away from home for college was something that I wanted to do since I was in high school.
Rabbi Brant Rosen speaks at Drake University on April 29, 2013. More photos from Rabbi Rosen's talk are available here.
“The news out of Israel and Gaza today makes me sick to my stomach,” wrote Rabbi Brant Rosen in his December 28, 2008 blog. “No more rationalizations. What Israel has been doing to the people of Gaza is an outrage.”
At the request of other St. Boniface parishioners in Waukee, Iowa, Lisa Bean asked Kathleen McQuillen from AFSC Iowa to make a presentation at the parish about the unrest in Israel/Palestine. The attachment is Lisa’s report from the presentation, her personal reflection on the situation, and resources one might access to learn more about the situation.
At the request of other St. Boniface parishioners in Waukee, Iowa, Lisa Bean asked Kathleen McQuillen from the American Friends Service Committee to make a presentation at her parish about the unrest in Israel/Palestine. Below is Lisa’s report from the presentation, her personal reflection on the situation, and resources one might access to learn more about the situation.
Following up on an interfaith statement developed among national religious leaders, Iowa Christian Bishops and Muslim faith leaders issued a recent statement encouraging President Obama to take “bold new initiatives” to advance a just peace in Israel and Palestine. This is a most timely push from the faith communities with the President scheduled to travel to Israel and Palestine in March.
Iowans gather on November 15, 2012 outside the Federal Building in Des Moines to protest violence in Gaza.
“Equal Rights for All” is the message delivered to the Des Moines offices of Senators Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin by a hastily-gathered group of Iowans responding to Israel’s latest attacks on the Israeli-closed city of Gaza. As of November 16, Israel has unleashed more than 100 missiles on the people locked inside Gaza, and Israeli troops are being moved toward the city.
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