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Up Coming Forum

August 12, 2017


We are relentlessly told that the Two Peoples of Palestine can never achieve peace.

What can we learn from the experiences of an Israeli-Palestinian couple just fighting to live as a family in Bethlehem?

Maya Amber, a Minnesota-born Jewish girl, found love, married a Palestinian and now lives in militarily-occupied Bethlehem. She will share her story and personal observations on the situation in the West Bank. Her dad, local composer and theater artist, Craig Harris , will share the stage with her.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12th @ Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (intersection of Snelling Avenue and Highland Parkway)

9:30 coffee and light refreshments    
10:00 program      
Noon: adjournment

Event is free and open to all.

Sponsored by Middle East Peace Now, with thanks to Jewish Voice for Peace.

Community Events


 Past Forums


  • Jan 28          “Islamophobia”  Jaylai Hussein, Exercutive Director,             CAIR-MN
  • Feb 18           “Youth in Palestine:  When abnormal becomes normal” Darin Hussein, from Palestine, spoke on her experiences working with youth in her home city of Ramallah. Her presentation focused on her efforts to build job-training programs that can help young adults find appropriate and productive employment in a limited and stressful work environment.
  • March 18,     “Life in an American Concentration Camp:The Japanese-American Experience during World War II” John Matsunaga



  • Jan 17           “The War Around Us” A video documentary on Gaza
  • Feb 14           “The Son of Eilaboum” Documentary video indroduced by Dr. Eilabouni
  • March 14      “Water Issues in Israel Palestine”  Prof David Van Wylen”
  • April 11         ” The Beauty of Judaism and the Perils of Zionism” Dr. Daniel Maquire
  • May 30         “Boycott, Divestments & Sanctions: A Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights”  a panel discussion
  • June 13          “Stone Cold Justice, Israeli Abuse of Palestinian Children”  film
  • Dec 12            ” Live in Palestine” Nour Nabris
  • Jan 18  “Nonviolent Resistance to a Violent Occupation” Soraya Dango & Graison Chapman
  • Feb 15 “Israel’s Secret Weapon” BBC documentary on development of Israel’s nuclear weapons
  • March 8 “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel” Video of Max Blumenthal’s discussion of his  book
  • April 26 “Addressing Challenges of Christian Zionism” Rev Robert Smith
  • May 31  “Israel – ‘the only Democracy in the Mid-East’ – Is it?” Alex Vella
  • June 14 “Walking with Faith Communities in the Search for Holy Land Peace” Bryna Dodar & Miriam Samuelson
  • July         Hiatus
  • August     Hiatus
  • Sept 13     “Solidarity with Gaza” film
  • Oct 19       “After Kerry & Gaza, What’s Next?”  Jeff Helper
  • Nov 1        “Steadfast Witness” Daoud Nassar
  • Dec 13      “Jewish Voices Against the Occupation” Six Jewish Activist from Minneapolis
  • Jan.  12th   “Where Should the Birds Fly?”, video 
  • Feb. 23rd   “Statehood & National Liberation: A discussion on Palestine  in the U.N. & Diaspora” speaker:  Hatem Abudayyeh
  • Mar.30th   “U.S. Military Aid to Israel – At What Cost?”, speaker: Alex Vella
  • Apr. 20th   “Israel/Palestine 101”, video & “Witness: The Great Book Robbery”,  video
  • May 18th  “USS Liberty: Dead in the Water”, video; speaker:  Glenn Oliphant, USS Liberty Survivor
  • June 22nd “Roadmap to Apartheid”, video
  • July             Hiatus
  • August       Hiatus
  • Sept.           “What’s Needed in Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Is a Hand-Up, Not a Hand-Out.”  Walid Issa
  • Oct 26         “The Power of Narrative: Mainstreaming Palestine”  Speaker: Pamela Olson
  • Nov                “Syria Today” Mazim Halibi
  • Dec 14            “Introduction to CAIR-MN” (Council on American-Islamic Relations – Mn) Ellen Longfellow, Esq
  • Jan. 14th      “Seeking Israeli/Palestinian Peace: Four Jewish Voices” Video of Jordan Ash – Jewish Voice for PeaceMN; Steve Lear — Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota/Dakotas; Ron Garber — J Street Minnesota; Sylvia Schwarz — International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.
  • Feb 11th       “The Arab Spring, Iran and the U.S. Future in the Middle East” Presenter: Professor William Beeman
  • Mar. 17th     “The Jewish National Fund: Colonization, Occupation, and Apartheid” Presenter: Karen Redleaf
  • April 14 th   “Eyes on Gaza” Dr. Mads Gilbert
  • May 12 th     “Lest We Forget” Presenter Alex Vella
  • June 23 rd     “Razing Human Rights: Demolition and Dispossession in the West Bank” Presenter: chris Cowan
  • Sept 15 th     “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World” Video
  • Oct 27 th       “Looking at the Zionist – Arab Conflict from Many Angles” Presenter: Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh
  • Nov.  17th   “Faiths  & the Land Called Holy:  Too Much Fundamentalism, Not  Enough Faithfulness”   speaker:  Chuck Lutz
  • Dec. 1st         “5 Broken Cameras”, video
  • Dec.   8th    “Life in Bil’in & Strategies for Non-violent Resistance”, speaker: Iyad Burnat    
  • Jan. 22nd      “With God on Our Side”, Christian Zionism Video
  • Feb. 12th     “What Went Wrong in Egypt: A Future Perspective”, Dr. Abdu Mawgoud
  • Mar. 19th    “Facts on the Ground: Questioning the Dominant Israeli Security Narrative”, Dr. Arland Jacobson
  • Apr. 16th    “Palestine Papers”, Leaked Documents Video
  • May 21st     “Been to Palestine Lately?  The FBI Might Come Knocking at Your Door”, Sarah Smith & Sarah Martin
  • June 18th     “Our Story”, Mustafa Barghouthi Video
  • July                Hiatus
  • August          Hiatus
  • Sept. 24        A Film: “Jordan Valley Blues” Presented by Sylvia Schwarz with Discussion Following
  • Oct. 8            New Film – “Occupation Has No Future
  • Nov. 12       “Historical Perspectives on Palestinian Current Events” Speaker: Jennifer Loewenstein
  • Dec. 11        “Little Town of Bethlehem, Today’s Realities” Presenter: Walid Issa
  • Jan. 16,          “Steadfast Hope: Palestinian Quest for a Just Peace” DVD
  • Feb. 13           “Eyewitness Reports on the Gaza Freedom March” Ouahib Chalbi, Sylvia Schwarz, Duane Suess
  • Mar. 27           “Getting to Know Children of the Middle East” Mary Davies
  • April 24          “Seven Jewish Children” A Play for Gaza; read by Board members
  • May 22           “Voices of Holy Land Women on Peace, Justice and Human Rights” Kathy Adam, Duaa and Gaidah Azem
  • June 26           “Has the Zionist Solution for the Jewish Problem Worked?” Arafat ElBakri, Samir Saikali
  • July                 Hiatus
  • Sept 11           “International and Maritime Law Regarding Gaza Flotilla” Phil Benson
  • Oct 16             “Is Iran a Threat?”  William Beeman
  • Sept. 11th           “Legality of Attacking Gaza Flotilla”, Phil Benson
  • Oct. 16th         “Is Iran a Threat?”,  Professor William Beeman
  • Nov. 20th             “Life Under Occupation & Non-Violent Resistance”, ElisabethGeschiere, SylviaSchwarz and  SusieGad
  • Dec. 4th            “Palestinian Youth from Gaza and the West Bank Tell Their Stories”  Walid Isse, Amal Ashour and Tasneem Morshed
  • January 24            “Transforming Palestine/Israel Into a Single, Secular, Democratic State” DVD
  • February 14              “The Misrahi Population,  Intra-Dynamics of Israel and The Question of Palestine”
  • Dr.Samadar Lavie
  • March 21              “Gaza: What is going on?  How did we get here?” David Smith
  • April 18                ”Jewish Anti-Zionist Perspectives on Palestine/Israel” Lisa Albrecht, Karen Redleaf
  • May 16                  “Building Holy Land Peace: Will Americans Play a New Role?” Warren Clark
  • June 20                 “Israel’s Secret Weapon” BBC Documentary
  • July                       Hiatus
  • August                 Hiatus
  • September 19      “Is a Peaceful Solution Still Viable?” Dominique Najjar
  • October 31           “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions: Update on the Growing BDS Movement” Amber Michel  and “Faith Groups Try to Move Money Where Mouth Is.” Chuck Lutz
  • Nov. 21                 “First Time Visitors to Palestine” Ellen Abbott, Nasrin Jewell, Fouzi Slisli, Ken Tilsen
  • Dec. 12                  “Seeking Holy Land Peace: the Role of Palestinian
  • January 12         “Rachel Corrie, A Life for Others” Dramatic reading
  • February 9         “Easiest Targets – Israeli Policy of Strip Searching Women & Children” Film & discussion/evaluation MEPN forums.
  • March 22            “Life in Occupied Palestine Eyewitness Stories & Photos” Video of Anna Baltzer,
  • April 26              “The Palestine-Isreael Conflict: A Primer” Physllis Bennis
  • May 17                “Gaza Today” Jennifer Loewenstein
  • June 21                “Jimmy Carter Talks to Hamas” DVD Charlie Rose Interview
  • July                       Hiatus
  • August                 Hiatus
  • September 13    “Israel: Myths and Propaganda”  Ilan Pappe on DVD
  • October 4            “False Alarms on Iran” William Beeman
  • November 1       “Jerusalem, The East Side Story” DVD Documentary
  • December 6       “The Makba: Memory, Reality and Beyond” Florence Steichen