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[BTvS - Portland/Eugene] Brit Tzedek news and events

1) Combatants for Peace Tour

2) Brit Tzedek Meets the 110th Congress

3) A Chanukah gift from us

4) Film: "This Body is a Prison," Palestinian Documentary

5) Speaker: Palestine: Current Issues and Future Prospects

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Combatants for Peace Coming Soon to Portland & Eugene

Save the Dates!

Monday, February 5 Portland: Congregation Neveh Shalom 7:30 pm

Tuesday, February 6 Portland: PSU MultiCultural Center 228 Smith
Center, 3 pm

Wednesday, February 7 Eugene: Temple Beth Israel, Portland
Street & 25th Ave, exact time (evening) TBA (If you are a
Eugene-Springfield resident interested in helping to plan this
event as a kick-off for a Eugene Brit Tzedek chapter, come to a
planning meeting Tuesday, January 9, 7:00 at 655 West 24th
Place, Eugene)

Also, the speakers will be interviewed on KBOO 90.7 FM on
Wednesday, January 31 at 10:30 am

Who are Combatants for Peace?

www.combatantsforpeace.org

The "Combatants for Peace" movement was started jointly by
Palestinians and Israelis who have taken an active part in the
cycle of violence; Israelis as soldiers in the Israeli army
(IDF) and Palestinians as part of the violent struggle for
Palestinian freedom. After brandishing weapons for so many years
and having seen one another only through weapon sights, they
decided to put down their guns and to fight for peace.

They no longer believe that it is possible to resolve the
conflict between the two peoples through violent means;
therefore they declared that they refuse to take part any more
in the mutual bloodletting. They will act only by non-violent
means so that each side will come to understand the national
aspirations of the other side.

Click on this link to watch an 8 minute, 22 second video
depicting the initial meeting of Combatants For Peace:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7slqdEB9Opc


We will have two speakers, one Jewish Israeli and one
Palestinian

Want to volunteer for this event? Please respond to this email.

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Brit Tzedek has launched a national campaign called "Meet the
110th Congress". As part of this campaign, Rabbi Aryeh
Hirschfield will join a delegation of local Brit Tzedek
activists who will be meeting on Dec. 10 with Senator Ron
Wyden's local office director. Our chapter is also arranging
meetings with Representatives Wu, Hooley and Blumenauer and
Senator Smith or their staff. Other members of Brit Tzedek's
Rabbinic Cabinet will be invited to participate in these
meetings.

Brit Tzedek is urging Congress to take action in favor of a
peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by:

1) encouraging negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians,

2) helping to alleviate the economic and humanitarian crisis in
the Palestinian territories

3) pushing Israel to freeze settlement growth in the West Bank.

We are also asking Congress to follow the recommendations of the
Baker-Hamilton Report relating to Arab-Israeli peace. The Report
calls for a "renewed and sustained commitment by the United
States to a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace on all fronts." It
also establishes a framework for the start of direct
negotiations with Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinians that are
goal-driven and not encumbered by unrealistic prerequisites for
diplomatic engagement.

If you are interested in joining one of our congressional
delegations, please contact Joel Glick at (503) 293-9092 or
jmglick@msn.com

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A small belated Chanukah gift from us to you:

A video of young, beautiful Israeli Singer, Liel, singing
"IMAGINE" with 40 Jewish children , 40 Arabic Children and Bill
Clinton.

www.liel.net/Liel-ClintonVideo2.wmv


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Non Brit Tzedek event of interest

Wednesday, January 17, 7pm

Palestinian Documentary -- "This Body is a Prison," explores the
psychological impacts of growing up under occupation. Hollywood
Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. 503 281-4215. For more information
on the film, see www.xanga.com/thisbodyisaprisondoc


or call 360 425-9592.

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Non Brit Tzedek Event of Interest

Monday, January 8, 7:30pm

Palestine: Current Issues and Future Prospects

Smith Memorial Student Union

#338, Vanport Room

Portland State University (PSU)

1825 SW Broadway

Portland, OR 97201

Free Event

Parking free in PSU parking structures after 7pm

Portland State University's Middle East Studies Center (MESC)
and Palestine Lebanon Emergency Action (PLEA) announce a 3rd
forum in their Middle East educational series. The full series
offers speakers on topics including Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon and
Islam. This event, Palestine: Current Issues and Future
Prospects, features Charles D. Smith, a specialist in modern
Middle East history, in the Department of Near Eastern Studies,
at the University of Arizona.

A graduate of Williams College, he received his M.A. in Middle
East studies from Harvard and his Ph.D. in history from the
University of Michigan. Formerly a member of the history faculty
at San Diego State University and head of the Near Eastern/Asian
Studies Department at Wayne State University, he has held
visiting appointments at the University of Virginia, George
Mason University, Virginia Military Institute, and was the

National Endowment for the Humanities Visiting Professor at
Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been a member of the
faculty at Arizona since 1994 and formerly headed the Near
Eastern Studies department.

Professor Smith has lived and traveled widely in the Middle
East. A former Fulbright Scholar to Egypt, he was a research
fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem in 1982. He is the former president of
the American Research Center in Egypt, 1996-1999.

Professor Smith is the author of ISLAM AND THE SEARCH FOR SOCIAL
ORDER IN MODERN EGYPT (1983) and PALESTINE AND THE ARAB-ISRAELI
CONFLICT (1988), the sixth edition of which has just been
published. He has published in the areas of modern Egypt,
nationalism, and on Palestinian and Arab-Israeli affairs, and is
frequently consulted for his views by press and media, often
overseas. He has just completed an article on "Israel and the
Arab States" for a book on contemporary Israel that will be
published by Fayard in Paris and recently contributed an op-ed
on Palestinian-Israeli issues for the Jornao de Brasil in Rio de
Janeiro.

Portland State University is the only institution of higher
education in Oregon with a degree-based Middle East program. PSU
has a distinguished faculty with Middle East expertise. MESC is
committed to providing information about the Middle East in an
open and objective atmosphere while providing an institutional
bridge between the PSU campus and greater community.

Palestine Lebanon Emergency Action (PLEA) is an alliance which
formed in response to Israel's invasion of Lebanon. It consists
of local human rights groups, faith organizations and
individuals with family ties to the regions of Lebanon and Gaza.
The group advocates international law and universal human
rights.

This event is co-sponsored by the Middle East Studies Department
at Portland State University, and Palestine Lebanon Emergency
Action.

For more information, call 503/725-4074
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