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Listed below are many of the speakers featured at both Friends of Sabeel conferences in the U.S. and international Sabeel conferences in Palestine/Israel. We provide this information to assist groups in selecting speakers from a wide variety of individuals with extensive experience and knowledge. When possible we can provide contact information. Send us your request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abdul Hadi, Mahdi. Mahdi Abdul Hadi is head and founder (1987) of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA), Jerusalem, which undertakes research on the Question of Palestine and its relationship to international affairs. Its foci include the question of Jerusalem and fostering dialogue among Palestinians as well as with Israeli, regional and international counterparts. He holds a Ph.D. from the School of Peace Studies at Bradford University, UK.
Abu-Akel, Fahed. The Rev. Dr. Fahed Abu-Akel – Moderator, 214th General Assembly, Presbyterian Church USA, a Palestinian from the village of Kuffer-Yassif in Galilee. Executive Director of Atlanta Ministry with International Students.
Abuata, Tarek. Tarek Abuata grew up in Bethlehem, Palestine, and moved to the United States at age 12, along with his family, in 1987. After receiving his J.D. with a focus in International Law from the University of Texas Law School in 2002, he spent a year in Palestine working with the Negotiations Support Unit of the PA. Currently, Tarek works for the Christian Peacemaker Teams and is the executive director of Love Thy Neighbor, which supports nonviolence trainings in Palestine and educates Americans about the larger nonviolence efforts in the region.
Abunimah, Ali. Ali Abunimah is a writer, commentator, and lecturer on Middle East and Arab-American affairs. His articles have appeared in The Daily Star (Lebanon), The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Jordan Times. He is a frequent guest on local, national, and international radio and television, including CNN, Fox, MSNBC, Pacifica Radio, Radio Canada, and the BBC. Co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, internet gateway one Palestine (electronicintifada.net).
Al-Marayati, Laila. Laila al-Marayati, M.D., a Palestinian American, former presidential appointee to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, where she served for two years after being appointed by President Bill Clinton. Past president of the Muslim Women’s League, a Los Angeles based organization dedicated to disseminating accurate information about Islam. Former head of KinderUSA.
Alatar, Mohammed. Mohammed Alatar is a film maker and human rights activist from the town of Jenin, on the West Bank in Palestine. He was nominated for the Martin Luther King Jr Award for Humanity in 2002, for his work campaigning for human rights. His films include The Iron Wall (2006), Awarded "Official Selection" at the Al-Jazeera Television Production Festival; and Jerusalem: East Side Story.
Ali Taha, Muhammad. Muhammad Ali Taha fled to Lebanon with his family when he was 17 after their village, Saffuriyya, came under heavy bombardment during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. The following year, he returned to Nazareth, where he has lived ever since. In the 1950s and 1960s, he sold souvenirs during the day to Christian pilgrims and studied poetry at night. His formal education ended after fourth grade. Still owner of a small souvenir shop near the Church of annunciation which he operates with his sons, Muhammed Ali writes vividly of his childhood in Saffuriyya and the political upheavals he has survived. He is one of the most famous poets of the Palestinian experience.
- Ali, Naji. Naji Ali is an independent journalist. He and his father faced imprisonment and torture under Apartheid in South Africa. He spent three years in Palestine where he was attacked by militant settlers, sending him to the hospital.
Arraf, Huwaida. Huwaida Arraf is a Palestinian Christian who is a co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement whose mission is to resist the Israeli occupation using nonviolent tactics. She is married to Adam Shapiro, another ISM co-founder, whom she met while both were working at the Jerusalem center of Seeds of Peace, an organization that seeks to foster dialogue between Jewish and Palestinian youth.
Ascherman, Arik. Rabbi Arik W. Ascherman has served as executive director of Rabbis for Human Rights since 1998 and was co-director prior to that. He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Harvard University in 1981. From 1981-1983 he worked for Interns for Peace, a community work rogram in which Israeli Jews and Arabs as well as Jews from around the world, work together to bring Israeli Jews and Arabs together in positive interaction. He was ordained by HUC-JIR in New York in 1989. Rabbi Ascherman is married to Rabbi Einat Ramon, the first Israeli-born woman to be ordained as a rabbi. To date, they are Israel’s only rabbinic couple.
Ashrawi, Hanan. Dr. Hanan Ashrawi is a Palestinian legislator, human rights activist, and scholar. She was a protégé and later colleague and close friend of Edward Said. Ashrawi was an important leader during the First Intifada, served as the official spokesperson for the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East peace process, and has been elected numerous times to the Palestinian Legislative Council. Ashrawi is a member of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's Third Way party. Ashrawi serves on the Advisory Board of several international and local organizations including the World Bank Middle East and North Africa (MENA), United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and the International Human Rights Council. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in literature in the Department of English at the American University of Beirut. Ashrawi also has a Ph.D. in Medieval and Comparative Literature from the University of Virginia. She is the author of This Side of Peace: A Personal Account.
Ateek, Naim. Rev. Naim Ateek – President/Director of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem. A former Canon of St. George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem. Ateek holds degrees from Hardin-Simmons University (TX), The Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CA), and the San Francisco Theological Seminary (CA). He is author and editor of numerous books, including Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation; Faith and the Intifada: Palestinian Christian Voices; Jerusalem, What Makes for Peace! A Palestinian Christian Contribution to Peacemaking; Our Story: The Palestinians; Holy Land, Hollow Jubilee: God, Justice and the Palestinians; and A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation published by Orbis Books in October 2008. Has received the Episcopal Peace Fellowship Sayre Award and Distinguished Alumnus awards from San Francisco Theological Seminary and Hardin Simmons University; He holds Honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and the Episcopal Divinity School of Cambridge, Mass. Ateek lectures widely in Palestine and Israel as well as internationally.
Ateek, Sari. Sari Ateek (Rev.) is a Palestinian Christian born and raised in Israel/Palestine. At the age of 19, he moved to the United States for his undergraduate studies. He earned his Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a certificate in Anglican Studies from Virginian Theological Seminary. He is currently serving as the associate priest at St. James Episcopal Church in South Pasadena, California, where he resides with his wife, Tanory, and their one-year-old son, Naeem. Sari is the son of Naim Ateek, the founder of Sabeel.
Awad, Mubarak. Mubarak Awad is a psychologist in Washington, D.C., is the founder and director of Nonviolence International, advocating peaceful solutions to the Palestine-Israel conflict. He speaks at conferences throughout the U.S. and abroad, a psychologist in Washington, D.C.
Ayloush, Hussam. Hussam Ayloush is the Southern California Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs.
Bahour, Sam. Sam Bahour is a Palestinian-American based in Al-Bireh/Ramallah, Palestine. He is a freelance business consultant operating as Applied Information Management (AIM), specializing in business development with a focus on the information technology sector and start-ups. Sam was instrumental in the establishment of PALTEL and the PLAZA Shopping Center and currently services on the Board of Trustees member at Birzeit Univesity and is the University’s treasurer. He is also a Director at the Arab Islamic Bank and the community foundation Dalia Association. Sam writes frequently on Palestinian affairs and has been widely published. Sam is co-editor of HOMELAND: Oral History of Palestine and Palestinians. He may be reached at email@example.com.
Baltzer, Anna. Anna Baltzer is a Jewish-American, granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, Columbia University graduate, Fulbright scholar and volunteer with the International Women’s Peace Service where she documented human rights abuses in the West Bank. Anna’s presentation covers checkpoints, settlements, demonstrations, Israeli activism, environmental issues, the Separation Wall, and more. She is author of Witness in Palestine: Journal of a Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories. www.annainthemiddleeast.com
Ben-Eliezer, Josef. Josef Ben-Eliezer is a Holocaust survivor. Born in Germany in 1933, Joseph was driven from his home by the Nazis and immigrated to Palestine as a child in 1943. As an Israeli soldier in 1948 he participated in the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in Lydda, which recalled his own childhood experiences. That led Josef to reject Zionism and to leave Israel. He now lives with his family in England in a multinational Christian community and works for peace, reconciliation, and a life of brotherhood.
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Ben-Ze'ev, Efrat. Dr. Efrat Ben-Ze’ev is an anthropologist interested in the intersection of anthropology and history, focusing on Palestinian, Jewish and British perspectives of 1948. She is a senior lecturer at the Ruppin Academic Center in Israel.
Bennis, Phyllis. Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, focusing on Middle East and United Nations issues. She has written widely on Palestine, Iraq, and U.S. domination of the UN, including recent primers on Palestine and Iraq. She is former co-chair of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Her books include • Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer • Ending the Iraq War: A Primer • Understanding the US-Iran Crisis: A Primer • Calling the Shots: How the US Dominates Today's UN • Before and After: US Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis.
Bolling, Landrum. Landrum Bolling is director of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. He also served as President of Earlham College and President and Chairman of the Board of Lilly Endowment Inc.
Braverman,Mark. Mark Braverman, is a Jewish American with deep family roots in the Holy Land. Trained as a clinical psychologist, and a pioneer in developing innovative approaches to crisis intervention and recovery from trauma, Mark now devotes himself full-time to the cause for peace in historic Palestine. In his work he focuses on the role of religious beliefs and theology in the current discourse on Israel/Palestine and the future of interfaith relations. Mark serves on the advisory board of Friends of Sabeel North American and on the Board of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA. He is the author of Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land. Learn more about his work and his writing at www.markbraverman.org.
Bronner, Yigal. Yigal Bronner is an Israeli professor. Yigal Bronner teaches South Asian Studies at Tel Aviv University and the University of Chicago. He is also an activist in Ta’ayush (Arab-Jewish Partnership) and a conscientious objector who sat in military prison last year for refusing to serve in the occupied territories. Bronner’s political commentary has appeared in various publications including The Nation and books including The Other Israel (ed. Roane Carey et. al.) and The Politics of Anti-Semitism (eds. Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair). His “Letter to the General” was translated to numerous languages and printed in several books. Bronner has been one of the leading voices in the campaign against the Israeli "Separation Wall.”
Bronstein, Eitan. Eitan Bronstein moved to Israel with his parents when he was five. He is the founder of Zochrot, an organization that raises awareness among Israelis about the Nakba. He and his colleagues at Zochrot work to tell the suppressed story behind Israel’s creation. They post signs of the names of the more than 450 Palestinian villages that were destroyed or depopulated when Israel was established in 1948. The work is all part of an effort to educate Israelis about the story underneath the lands they live on. Zochrot supports the Right of Return of the Palestinian Refugees as essential to achieve peace and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.
Buttu, Diana. Diana Buttu is a Palestinian-Canadian lawyer and former legal advisor to the PLO who assisted in the litigation of Israel’s wall at the Hague in 2004 which resulted in the indictment of Israel’s wall.
Carmi, Nora Arsenian. Nora Carmi is a Palestinian Christian with Armenian roots. Born in Jerusalem a few months before the establishment of the State of Israel, she became a refugee in her own city, Jerusalem, (now East Jerusalem) in which she has lived except for periods of study abroad. She has been a staff member of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center since 1993, currently as coordinator of Community Development and Women’s Programs. Before joining Sabeel, Nora Carmi served the Jerusalem YWCA for 15 years. She has traversed the globe with her work for justice and peace. In March 2008, she was honored with a Community and Women’s Development Award for continued services rendered during the Israeli Occupation. In addition to her work with Sabeel, Nora Carmi represents the Armenian Church in the World Day of Prayer Movement and was one of the writers for the 1994 service, “Go, See and Act.” She was the keynote speaker at the General Assembly of the World Day of Prayer in Swanwick, after being featured at the Green Belt Festival in the UK in 2003. Nora Carmi holds a leadership position with the US-Canadian based Christian Peacemaker Teams, lending insight to their work in Hebron, West Bank as well as their witness in other parts of the oppressed world.
- Carroll, David. Brother David Carroll is the Under-Secretary General of the Pope’s Relief Agency in the Holy Land, the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA). He is a member of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, which serves Bethlehem University, the only Catholic university in the Holy Land and the largest employer in Bethlehem.
Chomsky, Noam. Dr. Noam Chomsky is a world famous linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and Professor Emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Beginning with his opposition to the Vietnam War Chomsky established himself as a prominent critic of US foreign and domestic policy. He is author of many books, including: Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy (2006) and The Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians (1983).
Corrie, Craig and Cindy. Craig and Cindy Corrie are the parents of Rachel Corrie of Olympia, WA, who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Rafah Camp, Gaza Strip, in March 2003. The Corries have taken up their daughter’s cause, making it their own through The Rachel Corrie Foundation www.rachelcorriefoundation. The are editors of Let Me Stand Alone: The Journals of Rachel Corrie (2008).
Dabbagh, Constantine. Constantine Dabbagh has served since 1968 as Executive Director of the Gaza Area Program of the Department of Service to Palestine Refugees of the Middle East Council of Churches. Prior to that he was with UNRWA in Gaza and was the Welfare Officer with the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces (UNEF and ONUC) in Gaza and Zaire from 1957-1967. He is a volunteer member on the boards of several societies operating in the Gaza Strip in the fields of social work, rehabilitation, health and education. He is married and the father of six adult children.
Davis, Uri. Dr. Uri Davis is a Palestinian-Hebrew of dual Israeli and British citizenship and an anti-Zionist academic of Jewish origin. He is the chairperson of the Movement Against Israeli Apartheid in Palestine (MAIAP); a founding member and Senior Director for Legal and Political Affairs, Mosaic Communities: Multinational Housing Cooperative in Israel; and Observer-Member of the Palestine National Council (PNC).
Duaybis, Cedar. Cedar Duaybis is a founding member of Sabeel in Jerusalem and a member of its executive committee. She is a retired school teacher who spent most of her life supporting her husband’s ministry as a clergyman of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Jerusalem inside Israel and in the Palestinian territories. She has co-authored several books with Naim Ateek.
Dugard, John. John Dugard is UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Dugard is a South African international law professor and a member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations. He has written extensively on apartheid.
Elbanna, Nader. Nader Elbanna is a Palestinian-born peace activist and San Diego businessman and a former soldier in the Special Forces of the Jordanian army. He, along with Miko Peled, an Israeli, worked together on a fundraising project, raising $84,000 for 1,120 wheelchairs through the Wheelchair Foundation to send 1,120 wheelchairs to Israeli and Palestinian children.
Ellis, Marc. Dr. Marc Ellis is a Baylor University professor and director of Center for Jewish Studies. Has written and lectured extensively on Jewish and Christian affairs, concentrating on the topics of the Holocaust, Israel/Palestine, and the future of religious thought. Author of: ▪ Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation: The Challenge of the 21st Century ▪ Unholy Alliance: Religion and Atrocity in Our Time ▪ O, Jerusalem.
Erakat, Noura. Noura Erakat is a Palestinian-American legal activist. As a New Voices Fellow she served as the National Grassroots Organizer and Legal Advocate for the US Campaign to end the Israeli Occupation. Prior to joining the US Campaign, Noura helped establish and lead the first divestment campaign from apartheid Israel at UC Berkeley.
Esack, Farid. Farid Esack is a South African Muslim theologian, activist and author. Esack is currently a Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies at Harvard University.
- Friedman, Nora Barrows. Nora Barrows Friedman is the host and producer of KPFA “Flashpoints”, a daily investigative newsmagazine on the Pacifica Radio Network.
Gargour, Maryse. Maryse Gargour directed The Land Speaks Arabic, a film documenting the birth of the Zionist movement in Palestine and the impact of this movement on the country’s indigenous Arab population. The film confronts the aims of Zionist leaders by illustrating the way in which the expulsion of the Arab population during the 1948 war was purposeful. Testimonies from witnesses, rare archival footage and pictures contribute to providing an alternative perspective to the events of 1948. The film has won three awards, including this year’s “Memories of the Mediterranean” documentary prize by the Mediterranean Center for Audiovisual Communication. Its relevance to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict today is illustrated by Gargour’s statement, “All that is happening today is the consequence of injustice practiced against the Palestinians before 1948.
Ghattas, Basel. Dr. Basel G. Ghattas is a private business consultant developing numerous projects that incorporate strategic planning, business development and investment fund raising. From 1985 to 2007, he was with The Galilee Society: The Arabic National Society for Health Research and Services in Shafa’amr, Israel, serving as General Director, 1995-2007 and in several other capacities prior to that. The Galilee Society is th e largest development institution serving the Palestinian community in Israel and is a professional, non-governmental, non-partisan organization which aims to develop and achieve equality in health, environment and overall socio-economic conditions of the Palestinians in Israel. Dr. Ghattas holds a D.Sc. degree in Environmental Engineering and an MBA from the joint international program of Northwestern University and Tel Aviv University. He is a founding member of Itijah, the umbrella organization of Palestinian NGOs; the Arab Cultural Association; Safeguarding the Galilee, an alliance of Jewish and Arab professionals; and co-founder of Adalla, the legal center for Arab minority rights.
Gottlieb, Lynn. Rabbi Lynn Gottlief is one of the first ten women to become a rabbi, Gottlieb has served as a congregational rabbi for the past 32 years. Gottlieb is also a professional storyteller, puppeteer, a percussionist with the Rebbe’s Orkestra, and one of the few trained klezmer dancers in the United States. She has worked for reconciliation between faith communities in the United States since 1966 and is an advocate of the concept of shomer shalom, peacemaking and reconciliation as a religious obligation. From 1979-82, she staffed the Jewish Peace Fellowship. Gottlieb has received numerous human rights awards, including recognition for her reconciliation work between Muslims and Jews. Gottlieb has extensive experience in Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation, and leads frequent delegations to the Middle East through the auspices of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. She currently serves as program director of Interfaith Inventions, an organization that brings youth together in summer camps and training sessions. She currently resides in Oxnard, California.
Gozansky, Tamar. Tamar Gozansky was born in Tel Aviv and now lives in Bat-Yam. She holds a M.Sc. degree in Political Economy and has published two books on the economic history of Palestine/Israel. She is a member of the leadership of the Communist Party and of the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality. A Member of Knesset from 1990-2003, she now lectures at he Academic College of Tel Aviv.
Gumbleton, Thomas. Bishop Thomas Gumbleton is a retired auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit and the founding president of Pax Christi USA. His Sunday homilies from St Leo's parish in Detroit are published as The Peace Pulpit in the National Catholic Reporter weekly newspaper. He traveled to Gaza in April 2008 with FOSNA board chair Rev. Richard Toll.
Habash, Labibeh. Labibeh “Lily” Habash currently serves as advisor to the Burea Chief/Cabinet Secretary General at the Office of Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayaad in the Palestinian National Authority, providing him with recommendations on governance related issues, including institutional development of the Prime Minister’s Office as well as other economic and strategic issues. In addition to her civil society involvement, she serves on the Advisory Board of the Palestinian Human Development Report, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, and the magazine This Week in Palestine. She is the Founder and Head of the Board of Directors of PARTNERS: Women & Men for the Empowerment of Palestinian Women that focuses on enhancing women’s leadership skills through qualitative education, mentorship and lifelong training. As a global activist, she was twice honored for leadership and vision for development by the World Economic Forum. She was named Young Arab Leader in 2003 and was also recognized for her efforts in peace making by the Women for World Peace Circle.
Haddad, Yvonne.Yvonne Haddad is Professor of History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Georgetown University.
Hafften, Ann. Ann E. Hafften is a writer,communication specialist and advocate. She currently heads Ecumenical Accompaniment in Palestine/Israel (EAPPI) program in the U.S. She has worked as a communicator for agencies of the Lutheran church for most of her career;most recently she served as coordinator for Middle East networking for the Division for Global Mission, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.In that capacity she provided resources for prayer, education and advocacy around Palestine and Israel concerns and coordinateda national grassroots network of prayer and advocacy. Hafften is the contributing editor of Water from the Rock – Lutheran Voices from Palestine [Augsburg Fortress 2003]. Hafften has traveled to Israel and Palestine 16 times beginning in 1977. Most recently she led a tour for Bishop Kevin Kanouse of the ELCA's Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod in May2005.Hafften organized and led travel seminars for the Center for Global Education, Augsburg College.She was the director for news and information for the ELCA (1992-1998). Hafften is a graduate of the College of Journalism, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. She is a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Weatherford, Texas, where her husband Franz Schemmel is the pastor.
Hallaj, Muhammad. Dr. Muhammed Hallaj is a Palestinian Muslim professor in Washington, D.C.
Halper, Jeff. – Dr. Jeff Halper is coordinator of Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), 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.
Hassassian, Manuel. Manuel Hassassian is the Palestinian Ambassador to the U.K. and a Professor of International Politics and Relations and the Executive Vice President of Bethlehem University. His areas of specialization are Comparative Politics with emphasis on Middle East Politics and Armenian Nationalist Movement and Political Theory. He has published extensively in both areas as well as having many articles in academic journals on the PLO, the Peace Process, Democracy and Elections, Refugees and Civil Society in Palestine. He is a board member of the Center of Non-Violence in Palestine and a member of the Arab Association for Human Rights.
Hedges, Chris. Chris Hedges is a journalist and author, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and society. Hedges is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City and a Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, where he spent fifteen years. Hedges was part of The New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. He received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. He is the author of: War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002), What Every Person Should Know About War (2003), Losing Moses on the Freeway (2005), American Fascists (2007) , I Don't Believe in Atheists (2008), and Collateral Damage (2008).
- Hicks, Donna. Donna Hicks is Coordinator of the Peace Initiatives Network of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and convener of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s Middle East Interest Group. Hicks has traveled to Palestine/Israel five times since 1991, serving with Christian Peacemaker Teams-Hebron.
- Hillal, Amira. Amira Hillal, a Palestinian Christian, is Women’s Project Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for the Alternative Information Center (AIC). The AIC is a joint Palestinian-Israeli organization with offices in Jerusalem and Beit Sahour.
- Hubers, John. John Hubers is the former Middle East Director for the Reformed Church in America focusing on education about Christian Zionism. Developer of www.christianzionism.org.
Jaradat, Muhammad. Muhammad Jaradat is a founding member of
and the global BADIL Resource Center Right-of-Return Coalition. As coordinator of the BADIL Refugee Rights Campaign, he works with Palestinian refugees and IDP (internally displaced persons) community organizations and the international solidarity movement to enhance knowledge and campaigning skills among the Palestinian community and to facilitate effective community-based campaigns for respect of the fundamental rights of Palestinian refugees and IDPs. Mr. Jaradat was born and raised in Palestine , Hebron , is trained in human rights flaw and journalism and is enrolled in M.A. studies at Palestine . al-Quds University
Kassis, Rifat. Rifat Kassis is a human rights activist who has been arrested several times by Israel for his political activities. He is a board member of both international and national organizations and since 2005 has been the International President for the Geneva-based children’s right organization, Defense for Children International. He is a consultant in the DIYAR Consortium and a Special Advisor for the World Council of Churches General Secretary on the Middle East.
Khalidi, Rashid. Dr. Rashid Khalidi, an American historian of Palestinian descent, is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. He holds a D.Phil. from Oxford University and his research covers the history of the modern
Middle East, focusing on the emergence of various national identities and the role played by external powers in their development. He also researches the impact of the press on forming new senses of community, the role of education in the construction of political identity, and the way historical narratives have developed over the past centuries in the region. In Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness, which won MESA’s Albert Hourani Prize as best book of 1997, he places the emergence of Palestinian national identity in the context of Ottoman and British colonialism as well as the early Zionist effort in the Levant. His most recent book is The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006). His book Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East is forthcoming in the spring of 2009. He serves on the advisory board of Friends of Sabeel—North America.
Khoury, Elias. Elias Khoury opened his private law office in East Jerusalem in 1977, comprising a general practice in corporate and commercial law, land law and administrative law, including challenging in the high court acts of the military and civil authorities in the Occupied Territories and acts of the different branches of the Israeli government concerning many matters, inter alia; settlements, house demolitions, decision of the Planning and Building Commissions in Israel and the Occupied Territories, land expropriations, acts of the Custodian of Absentee Property, residency cases, banking, and water allocations.
Kopty, Abir. Abir Kopty is active in several political movements and social change organizations focuses on feminism, human rights, and Arab-Jewish relations. She is involved in the struggle to end the occupation, the fight to gain full and equal rights for Arab citizens in Israel, and the women’s liberation movement, particularly focusing on Arab women’s status in Israel. Holding a BA from Haifa University and Master’s in Political Communication from the City University of London, she works for Mossawa, the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel and is a commentator/columnist on Israeli TV and radio and the news website, YNet.
Kortjass, Simon. Rev. Simon Kortjass was born in South Africa in 1960. He serves as an Anglican parish priest in the Diocese of False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. He was involved in the struggle against Apartheid and worked in the post-Apartheid Healing of Memories program. He now works with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.
Kovel, Joel. Joel Kovel is a scholar, activist and author of Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine. Other books include White Racism, which was nominated for a National Book Award in 1972; A Complete Guide to Therapy; The Age of Desire (in which his work in the psychiatric-psychoanalytic system is detailed); Against the State of Nuclear Terror; In Nicaragua; The Radical Spirit; History and Spirit (1991). As an activist, Joel Kovel has been engaged in struggles for peace and justice since the Vietnam War era. He has worked within the antiwar and antinuclear movements, the solidarity movements in Central America and the Caribbean, the movements for democratic media, and, increasingly, for ecological transformation. He lived in Nicaragua for a period in 1986, and accompanied Pastors for Peace as they broke the US blockade on Cuba in their 1994 Friend Shipment. He has acted in films, worked frequently with the Bread and Puppet theatre, and lectured on four continents. Kovel joined the Green Party since 1990. In 1998, he was the Green Party candidate for US Senator from New York, and in 2000 sought their Presidential nomination.
Kreimer, Sarah. Sarah Kreimer comes from a rich background in public policy, community development and social change. She has a BA from Yale University and an MA in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. In the early 1980s she lived in Tamra, an Israeli Arab town, working with the Interns for Peace Team. In 1988 she founded and for 14 years co-directed the Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development. The Center promotes equitable conditions for and advancement of economic development in the Arab sector in Israel and seeks to catalyze economic cooperation between Jews and Arabs. From 2002-2004 Sarah was a Fellow in the Mandel School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem. In 2002 she was awarded the Speaker of the Knesset Award for Quality of Life in the Field of Tolerance. She lives in Jerusalem with her two children. She is currently writing a book on Israeli society.
Kucinich, Dennis and Elizabeth. Congressman Dennis and Mrs. Elizabeth Kucinich were the first public figures to visit Southern Lebanon after the War. Dennis Kucinich, a former mayor of Cleveland, is a member of the United States House of Representatives (D-OH) and was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2004 and 2008 elections. In 2003, Dennis Kucinich was the recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award, an annual award bestowed by the Religious Society of Friends.
Kuttab, Jonathan. Jonathan Kuttab is a leading human rights lawyer in Israel and Palestine. He was born in West Jerusalem, but after the Six Day War, his family moved to the United States, where he later earned his law degree from the University of Virginia. After practicing with a Wall Street law firm for several years, he returned to his homeland and co-founded the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence, Al-Haq (lawyers and others who assist with human rights issues), and the Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners. He is licensed to practice law in Palestine, Israel, and New York. He serves on the board of directors of The Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem.
LaFayette, Bernard. Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. has been a civil rights activist, minister, educator, and lecturer and is an authority on the strategy of nonviolent social change. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960, was a leader of the Nashville Movement in 1960 and was on the Freedom Rides in 1961 and with the 1965 Selma Movement. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 19623 and he was appointed National Program Administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and National Coordinator of the 1968 Poor Peoples’ Campaign by Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. LaFayette is currently Distinguished Scholar in Residence and Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island. He is th3e chairperson for the International Nonviolence Executive Planning Board and founder of the Association for Kingian Nonviolence, Education and Training Works. He has served as President of American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee, earned his Doctor of Education from Harvard University and will be the Senior Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in January 2009.
Levin, Jerry. Jerry Levin is a former American hostage (Lebanon 1980s) and CNN Middle East bureau chief. Activist with Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron (West Bank). His book, “"West Bank Diary," is based on his reports from Hebron.
Levin, (Sis) Lucille. Dr. Sis Levin is Director ofPeaceBuilders, a training program for teachers and students in the West Bank.
Maguire, Mairead. Mairead Corrigan Maguire is Honorary President and one of the co-founders of the Peace People in Northern Ireland, along with Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown. Aunt to three children who died as a result of being hit by an IRA getaway car after its driver was shot and whose deaths prompted a series of marches demanding an end to the violence, Mairead, along with Betty, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976. She is an active pacifist passionately committed to nonviolent social and political change and deeply involved in Palestine-Israel. She sailed into Gaza with the Free Gaza movement in 2008. She believes “When we reject nuclear weapons and war, when we uphold Human Rights and International Law, when we build nonkilling, nonviolent societies and world, refusing to kill each other but seeking nonviolent solutions to our problems, then we will have come of age as the human family.” She is author of The Vision of Peace—Faith and Hope in Northern Ireland. www.peacepeople.com
Makdisi, Saree. Saree Makdisi, nephew of Edward Said, is a professor of English and Comparative Literature UCLA and a well known commentator on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Manna, Adel. Dr. Adel Manna is a professor of history, specializing in the history of
during the Ottoman period. He is currently a senior research fellow at the Jerusalem Vanleer Institute and is writing a book on the survival of the Palestinians in Israel after the Nakba in the first decade, 1948-1958. Jerusalem
Marcuzzo, Giacinto-Boulos, Monsignor Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo is Latin Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Jerusalem and Patriarchal Vicar General for Israel. He was born in San Polo di Piave (Treviso, Venice), Italy. He studied philosophy and theology in the Latin Seminary of Beit Jala and was ordained priest in 1969, then ministered as Vicar and Parish Priest in the Holy Land and the Sudan. He obtained a Ph.D. in Theology and in 1982 became Rector of the Seminary and Professor of Dogmatic Theology and Christian Arabic Literature. In 1993 he was ordained Bishop and appointed Titular Bishop of Emmaus and Patriarchal Vicar for all Israel. He is active in many pastoral, interreligious and cultural conferences and congresses at the local and international level.
Martin, Joan M. The Rev. Dr. Joan M. Martin is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. She has written extensively on domestic and international social justice issues.
Mshasha, Sami. Sami Mshasha was born and raised in Jerusalem. Currently he is the Arabic spokesperson for UNRWA’s Commissioner-General Office. Before joining the United Nations in 1991 he was Public Relations Director for Al-Haq, the leading Palestinian human rights organization. He is the co-founder of the Palestine Section of the Defense for Children International (DCI/PS), the founder of the United Nations Association in Palestine (UNA/P) and he helped found the joint DCI Israel and DCI Palestine for Defense of Palestinian Minors before the Israeli military courts. He serves on several boards of Palestinian NGOs advocating for children and education. He holds a Master’s degree from San Francisco University in International Relations/Law.
Nathan, Susan. Susan Nathan is the author of The Other Side of Israel: My Journey Across the Jewish/Arab Divide, was born in England and when young visited family and friends in apartheid-era South Africa, the country of her father's birth. It was there that she had several deep encounters with the social and political situation of that country. She became an AIDS counselor in London, and after her children were grown, she followed the Jewish Law of Return and moved to Israel. In 2003, Susan Nathan moved from her comfortable home in Tel Aviv to Tamra, an Arab town in the northern part of Israel. Nathan had arrived in Israel four years earlier and had taught English and worked with various progressive social organizations. Her desire to help build a just and humane society in Israel took an unexpected turn, however, when she became aware of Israel’s neglected and often oppressed indigenous Arab population. Despite warnings from friends about the dangers she would encounter, Nathan settled in an apartment in Tamra, the only Jew among 25,000 Muslims. There she discovered a division between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs as tangible as the concrete wall and razor-wire fences that surround the Palestinian towns of the West Bank and Gaza.
Olewine, Sandra. The Rev. Sandra Olewine was appointed as the United Methodist Liaison to Jerusalem in 1996 and served in that capacity for 9 1/2 years. Having returned to the US last spring to begin a new ministry in Long Beach, California, she continues to write and speak with authority about life under occupation and its effects on both Palestinians and Israelis.
Omar, Rashied. Dr. A. Rashied Omar is a Research Scholar of Islamic Studies and Peacebuilding, The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. His research and teaching focuses on religion, violence, and peace building, especially the Islamic ethics of war and peace and interreligious dialogue. He is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (Macmillan Reference USA, 2003) and author of Tolerance, Civil Society and Renaissance in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Claremont Main Road Mosque, 2002). He is completing a book manuscript on religion, violence, and state terror and collaborating with two international scholars as co-editor of A Dictionary of Christian-Muslim Relations, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
- O’Grady, Ellen. Ellen O'Grady is an Artist and social justice activist from Durham, NC and the author of Outside the Ark, O’Grady, spent six years living in Palestine and Israel and has returned several times to work with several grassroots activist groups.
Pacheco, Allegra. Allegra Pacheco is the Deputy Chief and Chief of Information and Advocacy Unit for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. A graduate of Columbia Law School and a member of both the New York and Israeli bars, Pacheco was, before joining OCHA, a private human rights attorney in the Occupied Territories for eight years where she litigated in front of the Israeli Supreme and military court, hundreds of cases on behalf of Palestinians dealing with torture, prisoners rights, house demolitions and land confiscations. She has written extensively on international humanitarian and human rights law issues regarding the Occupied Territories and has published many op-ed pieces. She is married with two sons and lives in Bethlehem.
- Pappé, Ilan. Ilan Pappe was born in Haifa in 1954 is currently a Chair in the Department of History, the University of Exeter and a co-director of the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies. He was the academic head and founder of the Institute for Peace studies in Givat Haviva Israel (1992-2000) and the Chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies in Haifa (2000-2008). Pappe is a both a professional historian and a human rights’ activist who believes that commitment and professionalism do not necessarily clash, but rather reinforce each other. He wrote extensively on the 1948 Nakbah and is regarded as one of Israel ‘new historians’ who challenged the official Zionist version of events. Pappe has also written on the Modern Middle East, multiculturalism and historiography. His publications include: The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Oneworld Publications (2006); A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples, 2nd Edition. Cambridge University Press (2003) www.ilanpappe.com
Peled, Miko. Miko Peled is an Israeli-born peace activist and San Diego businessman and the son of former Israeli General Matti Peled who publicly opposed the occupation in the latter stages of his career. Peled, along with another San Diego businessman, Palestinian born peace activist Nader Elbanna, worked together on a fundraising project, raising $84,000 for 1,120 wheelchairs through the Wheelchair Foundation to send 1,120 wheelchairs to Israeli and Palestinian children.
Plitnick, Mitchell. Mitchell Plitnick is the former director of education and policy of Jewish Voice for Peace (www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org). He is a widely published writer on the topic of Middle East politics and has studied the politics and history of the region in general and Israel and Palestine in particular for 25 years.
Quigley, John. John B. Quigley teaches law at Ohio State University where he teaches international and comparative law. Before joining the Ohio State faculty in 1969, he held research positions at Moscow State University and Harvard Law School. In 1982-83 he was a visiting professor at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is the author of 13 books including Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice and The Case for Palestine: An International Law Perspective.
Qumsiyeh, Mazin. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Ph.D. (Qumsiyeh.org) served on the faculties of Duke and Yale Universities. Steering Committee member, US Campaign to End the Occupation (endtheoccupation.org). Author of Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle. His main interest is media activism and public education. Winner of the Jallow Activism Award from the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee in 1998. Co-founder of Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition (see http://al-awda.org), Triangle Middle East Dialogue (interfaith) Carolina Middle East Association, AcademicsForJustice.org and BoycottIsraeliGoods.org campaigns. Appearances in national media included the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, CNBC, C-Span, and ABC, among others. He is a member of a number of human rights groups (Amnesty, Peace action, Human Rights Watch, ACLU, etc.). He advised and/or participated in a number of other groups from Palestine Freedom Project to Sabeel to National Council of Churches of Christ USA. In CT, he is Vice Chair of the Middle East Crisis Committee (http://TheStruggle.org) and volunteers and participates with several other local groups including CTUnitedforPeace.org and We Refuse to be Enemies.
Robinson, Dave. Dave Robinson is the Executive Director of Pax Christi USA, a nonprofit Catholic peace movement working on a global scale on a wide variety of issues in the fields of human rights, security and disarmament, economic justice and ecology.
Rouhana, Nadim. Dr. Nadim N. Rouhana is the founding director of Mada al-Carmel, the Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa. He has published broadly on issues of identity of the Palestinians in Israel, their conflict with the Jewish state, and the question of transforming Israel into a democratic state. He is also a professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston.
Ruether, Rosemary Radford. – Rosemary Radford Ruether, renowned feminist scholar and theologian; Visiting Professor of Feminist Theology at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University. She formerly was Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology at the Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union, and also taught at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Ruether is the author of The Wrath of Jonah: The Crisis of Religious Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Amerika, Amerikka: Elect Nation and Imperial Violence. Her many books on feminism, the Bible and Christianity include Sexism and God-Talk and In Our Own Voices: Four Centuries of American Women’s Religious Writing. She serves on the board of Friends of Sabeel—North America.
Sa'di, Ahmad. Dr. Ahmad Sa’di is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. He has published more than 30 articles in referee journals and chapters in collective volumes. He has also edited jointly with Lila Abu-Lughod the book Nakba, Palestine 1948 and the Claims of Memory, published by Columbia University Press. In addition to teaching at Israeli universities, he was visiting scholar at the University of Wasida, Tokyo, Japan.
Safieh, Afif. H.E. Afif Safieh is a Palestinian Christian diplomat, former PLO Mission Representative to the U.S. and former Ambassador to the Vatican and the U.K., currently serving as Palestinian ambassador to the Russian Federation. He serves on the FOSNA advisory board.
Sahhar, George.. George Sahhar has extensive professional experience in the media sector in international organizations. He is also a board member of several Palestinian NGOs in Jerusalem. He is a trainer in communications skills in the topics of conflict resolution, negotiations, persuasion, and public speaking. George is a native of Jerusalem and holds degrees in Speech Communication and Political Science from universities in the USA.
Shaw, M. Thomas. The Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, is Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. He chairs the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on National and International Concerns and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Anglican Observer to the United Nations. Bishop Shaw is an active witness and voice for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel. He travels frequently and leads groups to the Holy Land, Africa and Central America, developing and strengthening mission relationships within the Anglican Communion and partnerships to further the church’s work of reconciliation and service to the world, with a particular focus on eradication of poverty and disease.
Toll, Richard K. – Rev. Richard K. Toll, D.Min., D.D., Chairman of Friends of Sabeel—North America, was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, by The Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley in recognition of his “courage, vision, and wisdom” and for his effective commitment to justice and peace in the Holy Land through his work with Sabeel.
Tutu, Desmond. The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu is the Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town and Primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa). An activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of Apartheid, Archbishop Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. He is author of God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time (2005) and No Future Without Forgiveness (2000). He is the Patron of Sabeel International.
Van Agt, Andreas. Dr. Andreas Van Agt was Prime Minister of The Netherlands from 1977 to 1982, having served previously as a professor at the University of Nijmegen, Minister of Justice and Deputy Prime Minister. He has been the Queen’s Commissioner of North Brabant and the European Union Ambassador to Japan (1987-1990) and to the United States (1990-1995). From 1995-1997, he was Chairman of the Inter Action Council (association of former Heads of State and Government) and is currently a member of the International Board of Regents of Bethlehem University. He has been awarded a Doctorate honoris causa from universities in the U.S., Japan, and Korea, and is the recipient of the Grand Cross in the Order of Oranje-Nassau (Netherlands) and decorations of the same rank from Belgium, Cameroun, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Senegal, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and Japan, as well as Commandeur dans L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques (France).
Wagner, Donald. – The Rev. Donald "Don" Wagner is Research Professor of Interfaith and Peace Studies at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and former professor of religion and Middle Eastern studies at North Park University in Chicago where he was also the executive director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He is author of Anxious for Armageddon (1995) and Dying in the Land of Promise: Palestine and Palestinian Christianity from Pentecost to 2000 (2003). He serves on the steering committee of Friends of Sabeel--North America.
Wall, James. – Rev. James M. Wall is the contributing editor for The Christian Century magazine, which is based in Chicago. From 1972-1999, he was the editor of the magazine. He has made numerous visits to the Middle East since 1973. He serves on the steering committee of Friends of Sabeel—North America. He writes and speaks frequently on Palestinian and Israeli relations. www.wallwritings.wordpress.com
Weir, Alison. Allison Weir is an American freelance journalist, Allison Weir is founder of If Americans Knew. She has traveled independently through-out the West Bank & Gaza Strip and found the situation largely to be the reverse of what was being reported in the American media.
Whitlatch, Corinne. Corinne Whitlatch is the former Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) in Washington DC.
- Wildman, David. David Wildman is the Executive Secretary for Human Rights and Racial Justice with the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) of the United Methodist Church. He serves on behalf of GBGM on the steering committee for the US Campaign to End Israeli Occupation.
Winograd, Marcy. Marcy Winograd is co-founder of Los Angeles Jews for Peace. When not lobbying for a just U.S. Middle East policy, she works as a literacy coach at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles.
Wise, Ora. Ora Wise is a Jewish American born in Jerusalem and teacher at two synagogues in New York City. For several years Ora served as a media spokesperson for the national student divestment movement and organized with Jews Against the Occupation in New York City. She then co-founded the Palestine/Israel Education Project (PEP), which facilitates multi-media workshops in high schools and youth groups connecting the history of Palestine to struggles against racism and colonialism in the US. Within the context of PEP, Ora is working with Break the Silence in the Bay Area, Lajee Center in Aida Refugee Camp and other youth organizations in Palestine and the US on developing a US-Palestine youth institute focusing on art and media skills.
Younan, Munib. Bishop Dr. Munib Younan is an outspoken advocate for a just peace in the Holy Land who was consecrated as the third Palestinian bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land in 1998. Bishop Younan holds offices in many organizations, such as the Lutheran Word Federation, and is active with the Middle East Council of Churches’ executive committee. He is the author of the book, Witnessing for Peace: In Jerusalem and the World (Augsburg Fortress, 2003), as well as many articles, speeches and lectures on religion, politics and peace-building in the Middle East. He holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from the University of Helsinki, Finland, with advanced studies in the United States. He and his wife, Suad, have three children.
Zaru, Jean. Jean Zaru is a Palestinian Christian from Ramallah (West Bank) and founding member of Sabeel. Jean is a spiritual leader in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), an international consultant on peace and justice issues who has served as a member of the International Council of the World Conference for Religion and Peace. She served as president of the Jerusalem YWCA and as a member of the national board of YWCA Jordan, the YWCA of Palestine and was vice-president of the World YWCA. Her latest book is Occupied with Nonviolence: A Palestinian Woman Speaks (Fortress Press, 2008). She is also author of A Christian Palestinian Life: Faith and Struggle and Overcoming Direct and Structural Violence: Truth and Peacemaking in the Palestinian Experience. This booklet is published by Sabeel. She has contributed chapters to Speaking the Truth about Zionism and Israel, ed. Michael Prior, and Toward a New Heaven and Earth, Essays in Recognition of the 65th birthday of Elizabeth Schuslier Firoenza.
Zreik, Raef. Dr. Raef Zreik is a graduate of Haifa University, Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he earned his SJD. His dissertation deals with Kant’s legal theory. He teaches at Haifa and Tel Aviv law schools and in the Columbia University political science summer school. He is a researcher at Van Leer Institute, where he leads a workshop on Politics of Identity. Dr. Zreik has been a long-time political activist and has initiated and been a co-founder of many organizations that deal with the status of Palestinians in Israel. He has published widely in a number of international journals on issues of citizenship and identity.
Zunes, Stephen. Stephen Zunes is Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, teaching courses on Middle Eastern and African politics, nonviolence, conflict resolution, and globalization. A prominent specialist on U.S. Middle East policy and author of Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism.
Zureik, Elia. Dr. Elia Zureik is a Palestinian emeritus faculty member of Queens University, Kingston, Ontario.