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[BTvS RI] Don't miss Combatants for Peace on January 21!!

Don't miss Combatants for Peace on January 21!!

As a Brit Tzedek supporter, we hope you'll join us on Sunday,
January 21, 2007, 4:00 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center in
Providence (401 Elmgrove Ave.) to hear Elik Elhanan and Sulaiman
Al Hamri, the Israeli and Palestinian coordinators of Combatants
for Peace. The Combatants for Peace (C4P) movement was founded
in 2005 by Israelis and Palestinians who were once actively
involved in perpetuating the cycle of violence. After having
seen one another only through weapon sights, they decided to put
down their guns, and to fight instead for peace through
dialogue, reconciliation and educational outreach.

Through countless meetings between Israeli and Palestinian
veterans, C4P has worked 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. The group engages in joint projects,
non-violent demonstrations and media outreach, to educate both
peoples 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.

Elhanan served as a soldier in an IDF combat unit; in 1997 his
sister was killed by a Palestinian suicide bombing in Jerusalem.
Al Hamri spent four-and-a-half years in Israeli prisons for his
involvement in anti-occupation protests and demonstrations.

This exciting event is free and open to the public. There will
be a reception after the program for people to mingle with the
speakers. If you want to v.loluntter at this event, please email
Steering Committee members Susan Belitsky at
wander1836@yahoo.com .

HOLD THE DATE - March 14, 2007
The RI Chapter of Brit Tzedek has arranged for Daniel Levy to
speak in RI on Wednesday evening, March 14, 2007. Levy was the
lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Initiative and currently is a
senior fellow and director of the Prospects for Peace Initiative
at The Century Foundation in Washington. He was a member of the
official Israeli delegation to the Taba negotiations with the
Palestinians in January 2001, and previously served on the
negotiating team to the "Oslo B" Agreement from May to September
1995, under Prime Minister Rabin. If you would like to help with
this event, please email us at rhodeisland@btvshalom.org.

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