The Human Faces of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: Learning from those doing the work on the ground for a better society
In honor of TBI’s theme for 5782, “pursuing peace,” this series explores the efforts and experiences of Israelis and Palestinians who invest their energy and resources in building the shared society they envision. It is our hope that their presentations will help break down the false binary of “supporting Israel” versus “supporting Palestinians” and instead allow our members to engage with the many possible visions of a just society in Israel–and to get to know and support the Israelis and Palestinians already working towards those visions.
Series via Zoom and hosted by Rabbi Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein
Sunday, October 31, 11:00am: Standing Together
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Alon-Lee Green, is the founding National Director of Standing Together, a progressive grassroots movement established in the winter of 2015, which mobilizes people around issues of peace, equality, and social justice. As an adolescent, Alon-Lee was active in organizing Israel’s first trade union of waiters who worked for a chain of coffee-shops. He went on to found Israel’s first National Waiters Union, and has appeared numerous times in the media regarding young workers’ rights. In the summer of 2011, he was a prominent leader of Israel’s social protest movement and convened some of its largest rallies. He worked in the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) as a political adviser for five years, involved in the legislative process and building citizens’ campaigns that influenced parliamentary decisions.
Sally Abed is a staff member and an elected member of the national leadership at Standing Together. In recent years, Sally has become a prominent Palestinian voice in Israel that is putting forward the holistic view that identifies the interrelation between the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories, growing social and economic disparities within Israeli society, the threat of climate change, and attacks by the government on democratic freedoms and Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel. Sally is a recurring guest on the Promised Podcast and the Co-host of the new podcast Groundwork – a mini series about Palestinians and Jews refusing to accept the status quo and working together for change.
Sunday, November 21, 11:30am Pacific time: Friends of Roots
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“At a time when both sides are convinced ‘there is no partner for peace,’ we have found otherwise.”
Friends of Roots (friendsofroots.net/) is “A unique network of local Palestinians and Israelis who have come to see each other as the partners we both need to make changes to end our conflict. Based on a mutual recognition of each People’s connection to the Land, we are developing understanding and solidarity despite our ideological differences. Roots is a place where local peoples can take responsibility. Our work is aimed at challenging the assumptions our communities hold about each other, building trust and creating a new discourse around the conflict in our respective societies. This is a grassroots and local model for making change — from the bottom up. Despite living so close to each other, Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank exist in almost complete separation, and both sides have little knowledge of each other’s lives or humanity. Stereotypes are generally reinforced by exposure to only the aggression of the other; whether through media or personal experience of violence and trauma.
Through our projects and workshops, we create trust and partnership — the societal foundations upon which future political agreements can be built.”
Temple Beth Israel in Eugene and Temple Beth Sholom in Salem present two members of the Roots Palestinian-Israeli Network, Noor Awad and Rabbi Shaul Judelman, presenting the amazing work of Friends of Roots.
Please register for this event. If you are not a member of either TBS or TBI, and we do not recognize your name from registering, you will not be admitted into the meeting.
Sunday, December 19, 10:00am Pacific time: Parents Circle – Families Forum in Israel & Palestine
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The Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost an immediate family member to the ongoing conflict. Moreover, the PCFF has concluded that the process of reconciliation between nations is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable peace. The organization thus utilizes all resources available in education, public meetings and the media, to spread these ideas. Learn more here.