Speaking our Peace: Jewish and Palestinian Voices in Conversation
Monday, October 29 (7:00 pm-9:00 pm)
Holyrood Mennonite Church
9505 79 St NW (map)
Join Sahar Vardi (American Friends Service Committee, Jerusalem) and Tarek Al Zoughbi (Wi’am: the Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center) as they discuss the current context, ongoing challenges, and how they are working towards a just peace in Israel and Palestine.
Organized by Mennonite Central Committee.
This is a free event, and snacks will be provided after the formal program.
About the speakers
Sahar Vardi is a Jerusalem-based activist. She publicly refused her military service and was imprisoned in 2008. Since then she has been active with Israeli anti-militarist groups such as New Profile and today works as the Israel Program Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee based in Jerusalem. Today most of her work focuses on the militarization of Israeli society, both around issues of conscription, as well as Israel’s military industry and export. Much of her activism is in Jerusalem in Palestinian-led struggles against house demolitions, child arrests and discrimination of East Jerusalem.
Tarek Al-Zoughbi is a Christian Palestinian-American, who was raised in the little town of Bethlehem. He received a B.A. in Economics and Peace Studies from Manchester University, Indiana and returned to Bethlehem, where he currently works as the project and youth Coordinator at Wi’am: The Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center. Aside from working on an M.A. in International Cooperation and Development at Bethlehem University, Tarek also serves on the Executive Board of the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine and is currently the coalition’s treasurer. He is active in civil society, part of three choirs, and had the privilege of being part of the World Council of Churches “12 Face of Hope Campaign.” You can read more about Tarek and Wi’am’s work on alaslah.org or on the organization’s Facebook page.