"On the Ground in Palestine"
A Presentation by
George S. Rishmawi
Portland State University, Ballroom of Smith Hall
Thursday, November 21, 2002
On November 21, 2002 at 7:00pm, Portlanders will have the rare opportunity to hear from an outstanding individual who has witnessed first hand on a continuing basis the suffering of Palestinian children and families in the territories occupied by Israel.
George Rishmawi, currently with the Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem, Occupied Territories, will present a lecture in the Ballroom at Portland State University on the topic, "On the Ground in Palestine." The Holy Land Trust is a non-profit organization established in 1998; its purpose is to improve the lives of Palestinian children, families and communities through programs of community development, peace and reconciliation, and nonviolence training. During his presentation Mr. Rishmawi will bring together the first-hand experience and insight from years of living and working for human rights in occupied Palestine. Along with dodging Israeli bullets and circumventing checkpoints to bring medical supplies to occupied Palestine, he has been working tirelessly for peace through non-violent direct action and through programs of community development.
Mr. Rishmawi is one of the founders of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which is an organization that engages in direct action in the Occupied Territories with the objective of ending the Occupation. Most notably, the ISM managed to break the siege of the Church of the Nativity during its fourth week by evading the Israeli barricades and delivering food and medical supplies to the 200 captives. Mr Rishmawi's appearance in Portland is just one in a series of lectures he will be giving in the United States; other stops in Oregon include Corvallis and Salem.
Thomas H. Nelson, an attorney with Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, will serve as introductory speaker, sharing some of his recent experiences, impressions and thoughts from his trip to Palestine in September of 2002.