Date(s) - 02/18/2024
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
We are cosponsoring this film screening; here is the description from Voices from the Holy Land:
With the world’s attention focused on Israel’s “War on Gaza” it is easy to overlook increased Israeli military actions and growing settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank. More than 700,000 Israeli settlers live in 279 illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank, including 14 in the occupied East Jerusalem. Since October 7, 2023, Israeli military and settler attacks have killed more than 320 Palestinians. Both the United States and the United Kingdom have announced visa bans on violent settlers due to this flare-up.
VFHL offers four short videos revealing what it’s like for Palestinians to live under occupation in the West Bank, the plight of families who have fled, the arguments of Israelis who want to empty this occupied land of Palestinians, and what the international community might do to stem the violence.Watch the film for free at your convenience; then join the Q&A Discussion.
- Michael Lynk is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. He served as Associate Dean of the Faculty between 2008 and 2011. Professor Lynk teaches and writes in the areas of labour law, human rights law, and constitutional law. He also serves as a labour arbitrator and mediator. In May 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Professor Lynk as Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories (occupied since 1967) for a 6-year term. In this capacity, he delivered regular reports to the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council on human rights trends in the OPT.
- Omar Haramy is on the steering committee of Kairos Palestine. Omar is an individual who embodies a rich tapestry of identities. He’s an Arab, a Palestinian, a Jerusalemite, and a Christian of Greek Orthodox faith. Since 2017, Omar has been at the helm of Sabeel, an influential center dedicated to Palestinian liberation theology. Sabeel is an ecumenical, grassroots movement, driven by the Palestinian Christian grassroots community. The organization’s core mission is to deepen the faith of Palestinian Christians while fostering unity among them. It also encourages active engagement in pursuing justice and peace.
- Tariq Hathaleen is an English-language teacher, working in a village neighboring his own in Masafer Yatta of South Hebron Hills, Palestine. He is actively involved in human-rights activism and serves as a community leader in the South Hebron Hills region. Tariq states, “My commitment to education and advocacy reflects my deep roots in Um Al-Khair, where I was born and raised.” Um Al-Khair is one of many Bedouin villages in the south of the West Bank at risk of home demolitions and forced relocation due to settlement expansion. Tariq holds a bachelor’s degree in English teaching methods.
- Ariel Gold (moderator) is the executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation-USA, the country’s oldest interfaith peace and justice organization. Prior to 2018, when Israel deported and banned Ariel, she traveled once or twice a year to work on the ground with Palestinian grassroots nonviolence activists. Ariel wrote contributions to the books Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation, edited by Carolyn Karcher, and Bayard Rustin: A Legacy of Protest and Politics, edited by Michael G. Long. Her writings have been published in The Nation, Forward, Responsible Statecraft, Ms. Magazine, and more.
You must register to join the discussion & receive access to the film: Tinyurl.com/VFHL-February2024
Watch the Trailer: Tinyurl.com/VFHL-February2024Trailer
Don’t forget to watch recordings of previous Online Film Salon recordings in their entirety here, including that of the December 17, 2023 Online Film Salon on Humanity in Gaza. An article in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs on the December Salon can be found here. Also read an article on the November 2023 Salon on Marketing the Occupation – Part Two: Media and the Palestine Problem in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. An article on the July Salon on My Tree in Mondoweiss is here.
3 pm ET • 12 noon PT • 10 pm Jerusalem
The February 2024 Online Film Salon is Co-Sponsored by
SUPPORTER Organizations: Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ♦ Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace ♦ Quaker Palestine Israel Network ♦ Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East ♦ Indiana Center for Middle East Peace ♦ Disciples of Christ Palestine-Israel Network ♦ Virginia Coalition for Human Rights ♦ Mennonite Palestine Israel Network ♦ Friends of Sabeel North America ♦ Center for Jewish Nonviolence ♦ Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network♦ Northern New Jersey Jewish Voice for Peace ♦ United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network ♦ Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service ♦ Churches for Middle East Peace ♦ Kairos Puget Sound Coalition ♦ Pax Christi USA ♦ Jewish Voice for Peace – San Diego ♦