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[BTvS - Seattle] SAVE THE DATE! Combatants for Peace, Feb. 8-9

You are invited to join a very special opportunity:

COMBATANTS FOR PEACE:
Former Israeli and Palestinian Fighters Join to Break the Cycle
of Violence

SHIMON KATZ
Former Israeli soldier
SULAIMAN AL HAMRI
Former Palestinian combatant and prisoner

Learn how these veteran fighters have transformed themselves
into peace advocates, rejecting violence and becoming warriors
for peace through dialogue, education and advocacy.
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Thursday, February 8, 7 PM
Public Presentation
Seattle University
Schaffer Auditorium, Lemieux Library
Guest parking entrance, 12th Avenue and East Marion Street,
Seattle

Friday, February 9th, 8:00 am
Interfaith Breakfast
Temple De Hirsch Sinai,
1520 East Union Street, Seattle
(Use parking lot entrance; look for door with awning.)
** By RSVP: btvshalom_wa@yahoo.com / (206) 442-207

Friday, February 9th, 8:30 pm
Discussion after Shabbat Dinner; Dessert Reception following.
Hillel at the University of Washington
4745 17th Avenue NE, Seattle
**Community members welcomed if unable to attend other events
Information (206) 527-1997 / www.hilleluw.org

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The Combatants for Peace movement was founded in 2005 by
Israelis and Palestinians who were once actively involved in
perpetuating the cycle of violence. Now they have put down their
guns and aim to educate both peoples about non-violence, putting
political pressure on both governments to stop the vicious cycle
of violence and resume constructive dialogue.

SPONSOR:
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Greater Seattle Chapter
COSPONSORS:
Seattle University, School of Theology and Ministry
Find Common Ground
Temple De Hirsch Sinai
Arab American Community Coalition
Hillel at the University of Washington
Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
American Friends Service Committee
World Affairs Council

Expanded sponsor list in formation.

INFORMATION:
btvshalom_wa@yahoo.com
(206) 442-2077
www.btvshalom.org
The Combatants for Peace movement:
http://www.combatantsforpeace.org

SHIMON KATZ: Following four years as an officer in an elite IDF
combat unit, he traveled to the Far East, where he studied
meditation and became interested in non-violent ways of living.
Since returning to Israel he has been called upon regularly by
the IDF for a few weeks each year. "I remember the conflict I
felt between the obligation I felt to 'serve' the country and my
inner voice that told me that this isn't the way to act," says
Shimon. "For a few years I tried finding a bridge between them,
by going to the army for example, but refusing to carry a gun,
and other 'creative' alternatives, until I realized that serving
in a combat unit is not something I believe in any more."
Shimon, 29, has a B.A. in psychology and a degree in classical
piano. In the summer of 2007 he will begin studies for an M.A.
in clinical social work at Yeshiva University in New York.

SULAIMAN AL HAMRI is the Palestinian coordinator for Combatants
for Peace. His long history of peace work includes co-founding
Combatants for Peace in April 2005, and working with other
Israeli peace groups such as Taayoush. Al Hamri also recently
participated in the Swedish Human Rights Forum as a guest
lecturer. 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.

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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
(www.btvshalom.org ), is a national
grassroots movement with more than 35,000 supporters and 39
chapters, that educates and mobilizes American Jews in support
of a negotiated two-state resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict.
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