Conference Overview


Voices for Peace and Justice cropped-cropped-child-al-fakheit-victory-sign.jpgin the Holy Land

The purpose of this two-day conference is to examine the role of the United States in Palestine/Israel and to listen to voices not often heard in the quest for peace and justice for all the people of the Holy Land.

It is sponsored by Friends of Sabeel-North America (FOSNA) and by Students for Justice in Palestine, Madison, WI

The intention, design, and spirit of the conference is

  • to hear the stories, as well as the political and theological perspectives of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and secular writers and activists concerned with justice and peace in Palestine/Israel
  • to educate, inspire, and make connections
  • to galvanize advocacy for justice in Palestine-Israel
272 miles of separation barrier  constructed by Israel of concrete and barbed wire,  winds through and around Palestinian cities and villages in the West Bank.  Another 36 miles of the wall are under construction. A total of  422 miles are planned.

272 miles of separation barrier constructed of concrete and barbed wire winds through and around Palestinian cities and villages in the West Bank. Another 36 miles of the wall are under construction. A total of 422 miles are planned.

Conference participants will have a chance to expand their understanding of what is happening now both in Palestine/Israel and in the US  through plenary sessions and workshops with writers and activists on the forefront of today’s struggle for justice in the Holy Land. Distinguished plenary speakers, from the US and Palestine will address the current situation on the ground in Gaza and the West Bank, and explore the impacts of  of US foreign policy, the media and religion on the region’s struggle for justice.

Interactive workshops will engage participants about relevant historical realities, offer timely updates regarding facts on the ground, and provide ample time for lively discussions about creative responses – opportunities for involvement in specific areas of advocacy such as campus organizing, community education and humanitarian response, and strategies for  BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) organizing.

Friday evening’s cultural program will present Palestinian poetry and dance.

“Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism is a traveling poster exhibition,  that highlights historical boycott movements from the 1950s to the present.  The exhibit is sponsored at the conference by  Madison Society of Friends (Quakers) American Friends Service Committee.

Participants from last October’s Friends of Sabeel North America conference in Chicago offer comments on the conference:

Friends of Sabeel North America is cropped-fosna_logo_2014.pnga non-profit, tax-exempt Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through non-violence and education. Sabeel is an international peace movement initiated by Palestinian Christians, who seek a just peace as defined by international law and existing United Nations resolutions.

Click here for online Conference Registration. Use this form also to reserve a display table, to become a sponsor, or to make a donation for scholarships or conference support.
OR, click here to download a printable pdf form to fill in and mail to complete registration or sponsorship. For participants planning to attend the Friday Dinner,   Pre-registration must be completed by noon on November 3 if you wish to  have a Friday dinner reserved for you.

Click here to download a printer-friendly flyer with basic conference information.

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