Friends of Sabeel Marin County/Bay Area Conference 2010

Starting Date: 03-05-2010
Ending Date: 03-06-2010

First Presbyterian Church
San Anselmo, California 94960
United States
A Time for Truth, A Time for Action:

Palestine/Israel & the U.S. at the Crossroads

First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo

CONFERENCE BROCHURE--includes Mail-In Registration Form


SPEAKERS--Partial List

Dr. Hisham Ahmed - Professor of politics at St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California. Teaches on Middle East politics, terrorism and nonviolence. Born in Deheisheh refugee camp and served as a Fulbright scholar and on the faculty of Birzeit University. His book, From Religious Salvation to Political Transformation: The Rise of Hamas in Palestinian Society, was the first in English on the subject.

Dr. Laila Al-Marayati - Palestinian American peace activist, physician, President Clinton appointee to U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Past president of Muslim Women’s League, an organization dedicated to disseminating accurate information about Islam.

Mohammed Alatar - Filmmaker and human rights activist from town of Jenin in West Bank. Nominated for Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Humanity in 2002 for his work campaigning for human rights. Films include The Iron Wall and Jerusalem: The East Side Story.

The Rev Naim Ateek - Founder and leader of Sabeel, an Arab-Israeli citizen known by many as the ‘Bishop Tutu of Palestine,’ former canon pastor of the Episcopal Cathedral of Jerusalem, and the author of many books and articles, including Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation and A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation.

Anna Baltzer - Jewish American, granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Fulbright scholar and volunteer with International Women’s Peace Service, where she documented human rights abuses. Author of Witness in Palestine: Journal of a Jewish American Woman in the Occupied

Omar Barghouti - Independent Palestinian researcher, commentator and human rights activist committed to upholding international law and universal human rights. Founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and of the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. Holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University, NY.

Dr. Hatem Bazian - Lecturer in philosophy and Islamic Studies at UC Berkeley and adjunct professor at the university’s Boalt Hall law school, teaching courses on Islamic law and society, Islam in America, Islamophobia and Middle East studies. Visiting professor in Religious Studies at St. Mary’s College, Moraga. Author of Jerusalem in Islamic Consciousness. Active in many areas of human and civil rights. Founder and president of American Muslims for Palestine.

Mark Braverman - Jewish-American clinical psychologist, founder of Crisis Management Group Associates in Maryland and activist for justice, Mark focuses on the role of religious beliefs and theology in the current discourse on Israel/Palestine and the future of interfaith relations. Recently published Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land.

Kathleen and Bill Christison - Bill Christison was a senior official in the CIA. Kathleen is a former CIA political analyst, has worked on Middle East issues for 35 years, and is the author of Perceptions of Palestine and The Wound of Dispossession. Together they published Palestine in Pieces: Graphic Perspectives on the Israeli Occupation.

Dr. Mads Gilbert - Norwegian doctor specializing in anesthesiology and emergency medicine. Solidarity worker with a range of international experience, including Lebanon and Palestine. Provided emergency medical support in Gaza during Israeli attacks in December 2008 and January 2009. Has written and lectured about this experience.

Dr. Yvonne Haddad - Professor of the history of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Fields of expertise include 20th-century Islam; intellectual, social and political history in the Arab world; and Islam in North America and the West.

Dr. Jeff Halper - Founder and coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Israeli-American peace activist, professor of anthropology, author, acclaimed speaker and 2006 Nobel Prize nominee. Author of Obstacles to Peace: A Reframing of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel.

Remi Kanazi - Palestinian-American poet and writer based in New York City. Editor of the recently released collection of poetry, spoken word, hip hop and art, Poets For Palestine.

Mohammed Khatib - Member of the Popular Committee of Bil’in, a West Bank village near Ramallah. Organizes weekly nonviolent protests against the barrier separating his community from its farmland. Has been arrested and beaten for his activities. Has challenged the barrier in Israeli courts and set up an alliance of West Bank villages to share his strategies.

Dr. Norton Mezvinsky - Professor of history, Central Connecticut State University specializing in U.S. history, U.S. immigration history, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the history of Judaism, and terrorism in the post-modern world. Co-author with Prof. Israel Shahak, of Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel. Heads The International Council for Middle East Studies, an educational think tank.

Ambassador Edward Peck - Career Foreign Service officer who has held senior posts in Washington and abroad, including service in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt. Was ambassador in Mauritania, chief of mission in Iraq, deputy director of Covert Intelligence
Programs, director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs and special assistant to the under secretary for political affairs. Served as deputy director of the White House Task Force on Terrorism in the Reagan administration. Currently president of Foreign Services International, a consulting firm working with governments, businesses and educational institutions.

Dr. Don Wagner - Associate professor of religion and Middle Eastern studies, ordained Presbyterian minister, and executive director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at North Park University. Served from 1980 to 1989 as national director of the Palestine Human Rights Campaign. Author of Anxious for Armageddon and Dying in the Land of Promise: Palestine and Palestinian Christianity from Pentecost to 2000.

Dr. Stephen Zunes - Professor of politics and international studies and chair of the program of Middle East Studies at the University of San Francisco. Author of numerous articles on U.S. policy, the Middle East, nonviolence and human rights. Has received several awards for his work. Author of Tinderbox: U.S Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism

Geographical Scope: State

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