Posted by on November 18, 2013 in Blog

The Arab American Institute is cosponsoring a briefing November 19 on Capitol Hill emphasizing the urgent need for serious negotiations to resume between Israelis and Palestinians. With the Palestinian negotiations team resigning from US-brokered talks with the Israelis due to continued Israeli settlement expansion, the importance of addressing settlements head-on is increasingly important to achieving peace. “We cannot ignore the detrimental nature of continued settlement expansion to the resumption of peace talks and to a two-state solution,” said Arab American Institute Executive Director, Maya Berry.

The briefing, entitled “Wadi Foquin: A Microcosm of the Urgency for Israeli-Palestinian Peace,” will feature speakers from the Palestinian village Wadi Foquin and a nearby Israeli town Tsur Hadassa to discuss how continued Israeli settlement expansion is unsustainable both for Israelis and Palestinians. Wadi Foquin’s residential and agricultural land is being increasingly expropriated for expanding settlement construction, and farmland has been damaged by wastewater from a nearby settlement. As Wadi Foquin struggles for survival, this story is a microcosm of the urgent need for an Israel-Palestinian agreement.

The briefing will be held in cooperation with The General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) of the United Methodist Church Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP); Americans for Peace Now (APN); and Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace (PCAP).

Speakers:

Mr. Fahmi Manasra, Director of Outreach, Wadi Foquin CDP

Mr. Ahmad Sukar, Village Council President of Wadi Foquin

Mr. Raed Samara, West Bethlehem District Coordinator of Mayors and Village Councils

Dr. Dudy Tzfati, Genetics Professor, Hebrew University & Resident of Israeli village of Tsur Hadassa

Moderator: Ms. Lara Friedman, Director of Policy and Government Relations, Americans for Peace Now

Logistics:

What: Hill Briefing: Wadi Foquin: A Microcosm of the Urgency for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Noon – 1:30 p.m. 

Where: Capitol Visitor Center - HVC 201

RSVP to Justice Randolph at jrandolph@umc-gbcs.org

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