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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
Palestinian Nobel Peace Prize nominee to speak in Canton
Wicked Local - Canton
By Kate Sullivan Foley
A Palestinian doctor who lost three daughters and a niece to an Israeli tank bombing earlier this year will speak next week at Temple Beth Abraham in Canton.
The Harvard-trained doctor, Izzeldin Abuelaish, is a long-time proponent of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The obstetrician from Gaza is a 2010 Nobel Peace Prize nominee
His speech is being sponsored by the Boston Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish American Alliance for Justice and Peace.
Bob Baseman of Sharon, a member of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, organized the event.
Visiting Israel with his family in January, Baseman was heartbroken to learn of the doctor's tragic loss, which was broadcast on Israeli television. The doctor had been in the middle of a live phone interview when his home was struck.
"It was really heart-wrenching to see for everyone watching in Israel... it was such a tragedy and how could you not feel for this man," Baseman said.
When a representative from Brit Tzedek v"Shalom called saying Dr. Abuelaish was coming to Boston and the group wanted to find a synagogue to host his speech, Baseman agreed to help.
He first approached a local synagogue and was pleased when it initially embraced the idea. A short time later, Baseman was informed that some members from within the synagogue, which he did not identify, were strongly opposed to the visit.
Some Jews, Baseman said, believe there is no diplomatic solution to the Israeli and Palestinian conflict.
"They felt threatened by this man," he said. "How do you oppose this man? He is for peaceful co-existence."
The synagogue rejected Baseman's plea, so the 63-year-old, who is both an Israeli citizen and a US citizen, moved on to his own synagogue in Canton.
"Many of the members do not share my views, but they agreed in a heartbeat to have him speak," Baseman said.
Having served in the Israeli Army, Baseman said he is strongly attached to Israel and, like the Palestinian doctor, believes in the concept of a two state solution. He is hopeful that the doctor's speech will not invoke controversy, but rather encourage conversation toward action for a solution.
"We are a pluralistic society in the United States, we believe in live and let live and the whole nature of dialogue to resolve conflict is very dear to us," Baseman said.
Temple Beth Abraham Rabbi David Paskin said his beliefs on the conflict did not play a part in the decision to allow the doctor to speak in his synagogue.
Describing himself as a man with an "intense emotional connection to Israel," Paskin said he plans to listen compassionately to the doctor's speech.
"He lost half of his family in a war that my beloved country was involved with and that hurts whether you believe in his politics or not," Paskin said.
Temple Beth David Rabbi Allison Leigh Berry said she would like to hear the speech but is expecting her first baby any day and will likely be unable to attend.
The Canton rabbi said she feels the doctor has a very important message to share with both the Jewish community and with all people.
"He speaks from a place of love and care for all people," Berry said.
Familiar with the doctor's message, Berry said he advocates for working together, respecting one another and caring about human rights.
She marveled at his ability to overcome the unthinkable odds he has faced.
"This is someone who has been through great personal tragedy --- and is able to come out and speak of hope and of peace and of a vision that things could be better -- he is a man who still believes in humanity," Berry said.
The rabbi of Ahavath Torah Congregation in Stoughton, Jonathan Hausman, also will not be attending the speech. The rabbi has two out of state speaking engagements at the time of the doctor's presentation. He said he posted the flyer describing the speech inside his synagogue.
Janice Halpern, chairperson for the publicity committee at Temple Beth Abraham, said her goal is to make everyone aware of the event.
"We want people to come and hear him speak," she said.