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Join conversation with young people in Gaza

Posted by rabbibrian on April 9, 2010

On Thursday next week, Taanit Tzedek will sponsor a unique opportunity for a conversation with some young people in Gaza.  I hope you can join us.

The text below is copied from Rabbi Brant Rosen’s blog:

Taanit Tzedek’s next monthly fast day is Thursday, April 15. To mark the occasion we’ll be sponsoring the second monthly phone conference of our new initiative, Resisting the Siege: Conversations with Gazans.

This month our call will spotlight the Popular Achievement Program in Gaza – a project of the American Friends Service Committee.  This remarkable program works with 14-17 year old Gazan children, instilling values of civic engagement and empowerment to achieve positive social transformation and sustainable development in their communities.  As you can see from the clip above, these kinds of programs demonstrate the critical importance of strengthening Palestinian civil society. Initiatives such as the Popular Achievement Program – not blockades and bombs – are the true key to stability within in Gaza and the Occupied Territories.

On our call we will be joined by Popular Achievement director Amal Sabawi and two teenage program participants, Sarah and Roba Salipi, who will discuss how they live with the daily challenges of life in Gaza.

Here’s the call info:

Thursday, April 15, 12:00 pm EST

Toll Free Number: 1-800-868-1837
Direct Dial Number: 1-404-920-6440
Conference Code: 775326#

For those of you who live in the Chicagoland area, Ta’anit Tzedek will also be sponsoring a program, “Dignity Under Siege,” an evening of interfaith reflection, conversation and action on behalf of the citizens of Gaza. Our featured speaker will be Mark Braverman, a longtime advocate for peace and justice in Israel/Palestine and author of the recently published “Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land.”

The gathering will take place at the Evanston Galleria, 1702 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, at 7:30 pm. Check the Ta’anit Tzedek website for more info.

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2 Responses to “Join conversation with young people in Gaza”

  1. Robert said

    As an older person, who was once a younger person, growing up during the troubles and the violence in Belfast Northern Ireland, I think of those in the Middle East who despair of the violence ever ending.

    Have faith friends, as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow morning, and shine its light on you all, the violence will end.

    How do I know this?

    Well, when I was young, and when the bombs and the bullets where exploding around us children, and when, as we got older we emerged from the light of our childhood innocence into the darkness of our tribal allegiances, I thought the ‘war’ would never end.

    But somehow it did end, somehow the war ended…

  2. YBD said

    So what happened in the “conversation with young people in Gaza”?

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