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[BTvS - Albany] Save the Date - January 20th


Brit is sponsoring a 22-city U.S. Tour in January for Combatants
for Peace. We are honored to co-sponsor two events on Saturday
January 20th in the Capital District. We hope you will put them
on your calendar, come, and bring friends.

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. (presented by Brit Tzedek and Bethlehem
Neighbors for Peace)
Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Ave.

8:00 - 9:30 p.m. (presented by Brit Tzedek, Temple Berith Sholom
and Temple Gates of Heaven)
Temple Berith Sholom
167 3rd St.

The two speakers will be Elik Elhanan and Sulaiman Al Hamri.

Elik is the Israeli coordinator of Combatants for Peace. From
1995 to 1998 he served as a solder in an IDF combat unit. In
1997 his sister was killed by a Palestinian suicide bombing in
Jerusalem. "I have seen the damage the violence can cause," he
says, "and I decided not to take part in that cycle anymore."

Sulaiman is the Palestinian coordinator for Combatants for
Peace. He spent four-and-a-half years in Israeli prisons for his
involvement in anti-occupation protests and demonstrations,
before deciding to pursue a non-violent approach to resolving
the conflict.

The "Combatants for Peace" movement was started in 2005 by
Palestinians and Israelis who had taken part in the cycle of
violence between the two peoples. Combatants for Peace advocates
for a two-state solution to the conflict through negotiation
rather than violence. In addition to organizing countless
meeting between Israeli and Palestinian veterans, the Combatants
for Peace have worked together to raise the consciousness in
both larger Israeli and Palestinian societies of the aspirations
and fears of those on the "other side" and in so doing to create
partners in dialogue. Through lectures, joint projects,
non-violent demonstrations and media outreach, the group members
aim to educate both people about the merits of non-violent
struggle and to put political pressure on both governments to
stop the vicious cycle of violence and resume constructive
dialogue. This is an unusual opportunity to hear two people who
are directly involved on the ground in the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict speak from their hearts about their life experiences
from each side of the struggle.

We can certainly use volunteers to help with the work of
organizing the events. Working at the events or before them, for
a little time or lot - all will be useful. If you are
interested, let one of us know.

Jack Alexander David Coplon Gerry Magnes
674-8582 377-9341 452-1163
jalexa56@earthlin.net dcoplon@nycap.rr.com gmagnes@nycap.rr.com

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