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Israel/Palestine: Pathways to Peace

Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010

9:00 am -4:30 pm
Registration begins at 8:00 am.
Continental breakfast and Middle Eastern lunch buffet included.

Elizabeth Schaeffer Auditorium
190 St. Francis Ave.
Tiffin, OH 44883

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Keynote Speaker:

Mark Braverman

Author of

Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land

From Braverman's website

Mark Braverman’s roots are in the Holy Land – his grandfather, a fifth generation Palestinian Jew, was born in Jerusalem, emigrating the U.S. as a young man. Growing up in the United States, Braverman was reared in the Jewish tradition, studying Bible, Hebrew literature, and Jewish history. Trained in clinical psychology and crisis management, Braverman devoted his professional career to working with groups and individuals undergoing traumatic stress. Returning to the Holy Land in 2006, he was transformed by witnessing the occupation of Palestine and by encounters with peace activists and civil society leaders from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities.

Since then, Braverman has devoted himself full-time to the Israel/Palestine conflict. He is a co-founder and Executive Director of Friends of Tent of Nations North America, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Palestinian land rights and peaceful coexistence in historic Palestine. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA, the advisory committee of Friends of Sabeel North America, and the advisory council of the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace. He is a charter member of American Jews for a Just Peace.

Guest Artist/Opening Presenter

Skip Schiel

“Skip Schiel has been documenting the Palestinian and Israeli reality through photographs and  journal postings since 2003, work with a better feel for the detailed texture of life in Gaza and the West Bank than any appearing in US media. Schiel spends time where most journalists dare not tread, amidst ordinary Palestinians, sharing in the dangers and frustrations of their lives.” –Annette Herskovits,
Consulting Editor, Turning Wheel, the Journal of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

Learn more about Skip's work at his website and blog

Breakout Sessions

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Dr. S. Amjad Hussain (retired physician and Blade columnist):  Is Islam a Violent Religion?

Barbara Harvey (Jewish Voice for Peace):  Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions

Jeff Abood (Friends of Sabeel-North America):  Palestine/Israel 101 from a Christian Perspective

John Quigley (Professor of International Law at Ohio State University.  Author of several books on legal issues in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict): International Law in the Search for Peace

Sr. Paulette Schroeder (Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron): 1) Hebron Eyewitness,2) The Wall and Checkpoints in Palestinian Life

Douglas Kerr:  Two States, One State, and Other Possible Outcomes: Is there a Choice?

Linda Mansour (attorney, activist):  Gaza

Mark Braverman:  Beyond Interfaith Dialogue: The Role of the Faith Communities in the Quest for Peace in Israel/Palestine

Skip Schiel:  The Hydropolitics of Israel and Palestine

Jim Bailey (Interfaith Peace-builders Delegation Member): 1) Israel/Palestine/Middle East Basics, 2) Doing Peacemaking via an Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegation to Israel/Palestine

Josie Setzler:  Political Advocacy with Media and Policy-makers

Closing Panel


Pathways to Peace: Where do we go from here?

Moderator: Douglas Kerr



  • Photography of Skip Schiel: Gaza is Home to One & One Half Million People: How Do They Live?
  • Books by conference speakers
  • Pottery from Spirit Space
  • Palestinian Olive Oil
  • Palestinian Crafts

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