Voices for Peace and Justice in Palestine
Searching for Peace
Participants will have a chance to interact with others about relevant historical realities, discuss timely updates regarding facts on the
ground, and explore creative responses such as fact-finding and witness tours, campus and church organizing, community education
and humanitarian assistance, and peaceful strategies for change like the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and
public policy advocacy.
The conference also features two showings of the film Where Should the Birds Fly? , the first film about Gaza made by Palestinians
living under Israel’s siege of this tiny enclave. The film itself breaks the blockade, since Gazans have never had the opportunity to
make a full length, professional documentary of their reality. Film maker Fida Qishta, born and raised in Rafah, Gaza, will lead
discussions of her film.
Friday night features a Palestinian dinner for paid conference participants. At 7:30 there will be a free cultural evening open to the
public, with performances by Palestinian poet and spoken word artist Remi Kanazi and the Milwaukee Students for Justice in Palestine
Debke folk dance troupe.
A beautiful traveling poster exhibit called Boycott: The Art of Economic Activism"will be on display during the conference. Created by
the American Friends Service Committee, the exhibit features 59 posters from over 20 boycotts, such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott,
United Farm Workers grape and lettuce boycotts, divestment from Apartheid South Africa, anti-sweatshop boycotts, the Palestinian call
for BDS, and many others. It can be seen before the conference at The Crossing, 1127 University Avenue, with an opening program at 2
pm on Saturday, Nov. 1 and running through Thursday, Nov. 6.
The conference is sponsored by Friends of Sabeel-North America and UW-Madison Students for Justice in Palestine, along with a
number of local churches and other community groups. The cultural evening is funded in part by Associated Students of Madison.
For more information on all aspects of the conference including speakers, workshops, schedule, sponsors and costs, plus the hours for
the poster exhibit, visit https://fosnamadisonconference2014.wordpress.com/ or call 520-2039. You may pre-register on line or
download a mail-in registration form at that website. Walk-ins for either or both days are accepted, however, you must be pre-registered
by Monday Nov. 3 in order to attend the dinner.
From Barbara Olson and The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project
Do you feel baffled and disturbed by what the major media variously describe as "an
age-old religious conflict" or "the endless cycle of violence" between Israel and
Palestine? Did the pictures of the terrible bloodshed, destruction and suffering in
Gaza last summer leave you wondering what's really going on there and what role
our government is playing and why?
Do you wish that there could be a peaceful and just solution for all the people of the
region? Do you wonder what you could do to help?
You have a chance to explore these and many other questions at the upcoming
Voices for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land conference, Friday and Saturday,
November 7 and 8 at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison.
The conference will examine the role of the U.S. in the Palestine/Israel conflict,
featuring the stories, political viewpoints and theological perspectives of Christian,
Muslim, Jewish and secular scholars, writers and activists concerned with justice
and peace for all people of the region. It is designed to educate, inspire and make
connections and to galvanize advocacy for peaceful, just and creative solutions.
Distinguished plenary speakers and workshop leaders from the US and Palestine
will address the current situation on the ground in Gaza and the West Bank, and
explore the impacts of US foreign policy, the media and religion on the region’s
struggle for justice.