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PDX Conference on Palestine/Israel Aug 29 & 30

"Laboring for Justice in Palestine and Israel" conference. Palestinian and Israeli opponents of the Occupation, members of the ISM, others come to Portland. Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Friends of Sabeel North America.
Laboring for Justice in Palestine and Israel
A Labor Day Weeken Conference for Peacemakers

August 29 and 30, 2003
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1624 NE Hancock, Portland
(Registration and further information below)

Rev. Canon Naim Ateek.
Palestinian Anglican priest, founder/director of The Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, Ateek lectures widely in Palestine and Israel as well as internationally. In addition to his books he has also published several articles for books and periodicals. Author of _Justice & Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation_.

Jeff Halper.
Coordinator of The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions in Jerusalem, a coalition of Israeli and Palestinian peace and human rights groups dedicated to resisting the occupation in all its forms and working together on a Global Campaign to Rebuild Palestinian Homes demolished by the Israeli military for Israeli settlements.

Phyllis Bennis. 
A fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, focusing on Middle East and United Nations issues. She has written widely on Palestine, Iraq, and U.S. domination of the UN, including recent primers on Palestine and Iraq.  In 2001 she helped found and currently co-chairs the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

Joseph Carr.
Activist with the International Solidarity Movement who witnessed the fatal bulldozing of Rachel Corrie, 23, an American volunteer at Rafah Refugee Camp in Gaza by the Israeli military in March 2003, and the shooting of British ISM activist Tom Hurndall as he attempted to protect Palestinian children from Israeli gunfire. A former volunteer for Amnesty International, Carr attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, from 2000-2002.

Ann Hafften.
Journalist, author of _Water From the Rock: Lutheran Voices from Palestine_. Coordinator, Middle East Networking, Division for Global Mission, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago.

Tom Nelson.
Attorney, co-founder of AUPHR and frequent participant in actions of the International Solidarity Movement, a Palestinian-led movement of Palestinian and International activists working to end  the Israeli occupation utilizing nonviolent, direct-action methods of resistance. Member of National Lawyers Guild Delegation to Palestinian-Israeli Prisoners' Rights Organizations, Spring 2003; Portland Arab-Muslim Police Advisory Commission, 2002-03; Jewish-Arab-Muslim Dialogue Group (Portland 2002-03).

David Robinson. 
National Director of Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace movement; internationally recognized expert in the field of disarmament and nuclear deterrence who represents Pax Christi International on disarmament issues at the United Nations; a former member of the National Interreligious Service Board for Conscientious Objection (NISBCO), Executive Editor of The Catholic Peace Voice, a frequent  traveler to the Middle East who has been arrested numerous times for acts of civil disobedience.

Jerome Sullivan FSC.
Vice-President for Development at Bethlehem University, West Bank, from 1996-July 2003.  Former Provincial of the De La Salle Brothers New York Province and former administrator of several Catholic schools in New York and New Jersey. BU is the only Catholic university in the Holy Land, operated by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest employer in Bethlehem serving 2,000 Palestinian youth (69% Muslim, 31% Christian).

Donald Wagner.
Executive Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Associate Professor of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies at Northpark University, Chicago. He is the author of _Anxious for Armageddon_ and _Dying in the Land of Promise: Palestine and Palestinian Christianity from Pentecost to 2000_.

Labor Day Weekend: Friday & Saturday
August 29 and 30, 2003

Opens 1pm Friday; Concludes 5:30pm Sat.
Single-Day Options Available

Westminster Presbyterian Church
1624 NE Hancock, Portland
Portland, Oregon

For more info and registration contact:
(503) 653-6625
www.fosna.org; www.sabeel.org

Presented by
Friends of Sabeel-North America
Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights
National Co-Sponsor: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

An outreach effort of the Palestinian churches in  the Holy Land
through The Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem,
offering a program of educational events, conferences and church
programs to promote understanding and support for principles of a just
peace in Israel and Palestine. 2036 SE Jefferson St., Milwaukie, OR
97222-7660 Ph: (503) 653-6625 www.sabeel.org AND www.fosna.org  

A locally-based association of American taxpayers united by a concern
for Palestinian human rights.  Members are of all religions, races,
national origins and political persuasions working to educate the
public about the substantial U.S. funding and discriminatory U.S.
policies that directly or indirectly support the oppression and
violation of human rights of Palestinian people in Israel and the
Israeli occupied territories and promoting a wider understanding and
support for Palestinian justice and self-determination. PO Box 12054,
Portland, OR 97212. www.auphr.org VM: (503)287-1885   AUPHR@msn.com

homepage: homepage: http://www.auphr.org
phone: phone: (503) 653-6625