Palestine

Response to Criticism of the October 5 Letter on Conditioning Aid to Israel

On October 5th, 2012 AFSC joined 14 other church groups in calling on congress to condition the provision of US military aid to Israel on Israel’s compliance with applicable US laws.  We joined together with these other groups because the content of the letter is consistent with AFSC’s belief that continued unconditional U.S. military assistance to Israel helps sustain the conflict, undermines the long-term security interests of both Israelis and Palestinians, and forestalls the realization of a just and lasting peace.  US policy must change.

October 5, 2012 Letter on Conditioning Aid to Israel

On October 5th, 2012 AFSC joined 14 other church groups in calling on congress to condition the provision of US military aid to Israel on Israel’s compliance with applicable US laws.  We joined together with these other groups because the content of the letter is consistent with AFSC’s belief that continued unconditional U.S. military assistance to Israel helps sustain the conflict, undermines the long-term security interests of both Israelis and Palestinians, and forestalls the realization of a just and lasting peace.  US policy must change.

Inside Palestine Today, the UN, and Where Do We Go From Here

In this two-part video by Rodger Routh, John Dabeet, US Coordinator for UN recognition of a Palestinian state and a professor of economics at Muscatine Community College, offers his thoughts at the conclusion of a four-part AFSC series entitled "Palestine is Still the Issue."

To view part two of John Dabeet's talk, click here.

Supper and Talk: Inside Palestine Today, the UN, and Where Do We Go From Here

Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 6:00pm

Palestinian children at play

Palestinian children at play

Palestinian children at play.

Middle Eastern Supper followed by presentation: "Inside Palestine Today, the UN, and Where Do We Go From Here"

John Dabeet, US coordinator for UN recognition of a Palestinian state and Professor of Economics at Muscatine Community College. More at http://tinyurl.com/7kazrgo and http://tinyurl.com/6wxqlmf

Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for a Just Peace - part 3

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 7:00pm

Palestinian children at play

Palestinian children at play

Palestinian children at play.

Themes for discussion: US Media, US Aid, Finding Hope

Palestinians students, studying in Iowa, will offer personal commentary.

The third of a Four-Part Series Featuring Food, Film and Discussion. For more info, please contact AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator Kathleen McQuillen at KMcquillen@afsc.org or 515-274-4851, ext. 22.

The final event is: 

Thursday, May 31; 6:00 – 8:30 pm Middle Eastern Supper followed by presentation:

Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for a Just Peace - part 1

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 7:00pm

Palestinian children at play

Palestinian children at play

Palestinian children at play.

Themes for discussion: Two Narratives, Palestine in the Big Picture, Nonviolent Resistance

Palestinians students, studying in Iowa will offer personal commentary.

Part of a Four-Part Series Featuring Food, Film and Discussion. For more info, please contact AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator Kathleen McQuillen at KMcquillen@afsc.org or 515-274-4851, ext. 22.

Future events include: 

Supper and Film: Palestine is still the Issue

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Palestinian children at play

Palestinian children at play

Palestinian children at play.

Middle Eastern Supper followed by the film “Palestine is still the Issue,” an award-winning documentary by British journalist John Pilger. Palestinians students, studying in Iowa, will offer personal commentary.

The first of a Four-Part Series Featuring Food, Film and Discussion. For more info, please contact AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator Kathleen McQuillen at KMcquillen@afsc.org or 515-274-4851, ext. 22.

Future events include:

AFSC Iowa Newsletter April 2012

James Zogby and Jenna Broghamer 3-20-12

James Zogby and Jenna Broghamer 3-20-12

James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute, visits with Jenna Broghamer, an AFSC Iowa peace intern, following Dr. Zogby's talk in Des Moines on March 20, 2012. For a slideshow of photos from the event, please click here.

The April 2012 newsletter of AFSC-Iowa includes articles on the need for diplomacy rather than war with Iran, the work of Palestinian youth for peace, the failure of the so-called "Secure Communities" program, leadership training for Latina youth, and the excitement of AFSC's Windows and Mirrors exhibit coming to Iowa this fall. Check it out!

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