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COMBATANTS FOR PEACE Jan. 25 (Chicago and Evanston) and Jan. 26 (Burbank)

Speakers: Sulaiman Al Hamri and Elik Elhanan, former Combatants,
and the Palestinian and Israeli coordinators for Combatants for

University of Chicago
Location: Tea Room on the 2nd floor of the Social Sciences
Building (1126
E. 59th St)
Sponsor: Brit Tzedek V'Shalom: The Jewish Alliance for Justice
and Peace
Co-sponsors: The University of Chicago Human Rights Program, The
Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago,
The Center for International Studies at the University of
Chicago, Rockefeller Chapel, and The American Task Force on
Palestine. For more information, contact Gabriel Gaster at
gabrielitodecastero@gmail.com or call (312) 341-1205

At Beth Emet, 1224 Dempster, Evanston (corner of Dempster and
Sponsored by Chicago Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Co-sponsored by Beth Emet the Free Synagogue, Jewish
Reconstructionist Congregation (Evanston), Congregation Hakafa
(Glencoe), Lakeside Congregation (Highland Park) and North Shore
Coalition for Peace and Justice. For more information or to
volunteer to help, please contact Aliza@btvshalom.org or

At Beit Iksa Association Center (lower level), 6000 W. 79th
Street, Burbank, IL
Sponsored by: Chicago Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Co-sponsored by Palestinian American Women's Society, Beit Iksa
Association, Lifta Association, Mosque Foundation Bridgeview,
and National Arab American Journalists Association (NAAJA). For
more information contact Saffiya Shillo at smshillo@yahoo.com or
(312) 341-1205.

About the Speakers:
Elik Elhanan is the Israeli coordinator of Combatants for Peace.
From 1995 to 1998 he served as a soldier in an IDF combat unit.
In 997, 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 Al Hamri 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 by Palestinians
and Israelis who had taken part in the cycle of violence between
the two peoples. After brandishing weapons for so many years,
these former combatants decided to put down their guns and
instead fight for peace. For more information see
Also, a very interesting/informative 8 minute video depicting
the initial meeting of CFP on utube can be viewed at:

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