Posted by Arab American Institute on April 18, 2017 in Blog

For Immediate Release

April 17, 2017

Contact: Jennifer Salan 202-429-9210


Media Advisory

US Commission Rejects Faith Leaders' Appeals to Examine Israel's Violations of Religious Freedom

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, April 26, James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute who serves as a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), will be joined by Father Drew Christiansen of Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs; Jim Winkler of the National Council of Churches and Wes Granberg-Michaelson, General Secretary Emeritus of the Reformed Church in America to discuss the refusal of USCIRF to examine Israeli violations of religious freedom. 

Zogby, will outline two requests for the Commission to examine discrimination against Muslims, Christians and non-Orthodox Jews in Israel and the occupied territories. Both requests were rejected by the Commission. Documentation of the requests will be provided at the briefing. 

WHO: James Zogby, AAI President; Father Drew Christiansen, Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs; Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches; and Wes Granberg-Michaelson General Secretary Emeritus, Reformed Church in America

WHAT: Press Briefing to Discuss USCIRF’s Rejection of Appeals to Examine Israel's Violations of Religious Freedom

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 10:30AM

WHERE: Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St NE DC, Blue Room 

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