Thursday, June 26, 2014
First Baptist Church
305 N. California Avenue, Palo Alto
Special guests Tarek Abuata and Ghassan J. Tarazi will share their first-hand assessments of the situation in Palestine. Both are founding members of the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace, a non-sectarian, ecumenical alliance of Palestinian-American Christians that seeks to provide a clear voice and presence in faith-based communities in the United States. They believe that achieving peace requires ensuring justice and human rights for Palestinians. American churches can and must play a leading role in advocating for a just peace among all people in the region.
This presentation will:
- Define key terms for meaningful dialogue and discussion
- Dispel myths that hinder the work of peace with justice
- Describe the realities of the situation for Palestinians
- Trace the biblical roots of doing justice
- Share personal stories of Palestinian dispossession, occupation, migration, and passion for doing justice in Palestine and Israel
- Share the work of Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace (PCAP)
Tarek Abuata grew up in Bethlehem, Palestine, and moved to the United States along with his family at the age of 12, two years after the 1987 Palestinian uprising. After receiving his J.D. with a focus in international law from the University of Texas Law School in 2002, he spent a year in Palestine working with the Negotiations Support Unit, a group of advisers to the Palestinian Negotiations. Over the past 10 years, Tarek has been involved in various nonviolence workshops, including trainings led by Dr. Bernard La Fayette, one of the leaders of the civil rights movement in the United States. In addition to his speaking and nonviolence trainings, Tarek serves as the Palestine Coordinator of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Palestine. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace.
Ghassan Tarazi was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to a Palestinian father and a Lebanese mother, four months after they were forced to leave their home in Jerusalem in 1948. His family then immigrated to Brooklyn, New York in 1956. He received BA and MA degrees in History, with a focus on Middle East History, and completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Virginia Tech. He spent 37 years in public education, ending his career as a professor in the teacher preparation program at James Madison University. He is chair of the Alliance of Baptists’ Community for Justice in Palestine and Israel. He has been very involved in the Palestine cause and the struggle for justice in Palestine and Israel locally, nationally, and internationally. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace.
PALESTINIAN CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE FOR PEACE is a non-sectarian, ecumenical alliance of Palestinian American Christians that seeks to provide a clear voice and presence in faith-based communities in the United States. Our inspiration stems from the Kairos Palestine document and from all faith-based communities working for peace through justice in Palestine and Israel. We believe that achieving peace requires ensuring justice and human rights for Palestinians. American churches can and ought to play a leading role in advocating for a just peace among all people in the region.
Sponsored by Bright Stars of Bethlehem | Church Council of First Baptist Church, Palo Alto | First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto | Grace Lutheran Church, Palo Alto | Board of Trustees of New Community of Faith, San Jose | Social Justice Ministry of First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto | St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Palo Alto | University Lutheran Church, Palo Alto | Valley Presbyterian Church, Portola Valley