Map of Palestine and Israel, 1948-2000, from Justice First!

Editor’s note~ This is an important event taking place in the Bay Area this weekend with some great speakers including our friend Anna Baltzer whose writings (from Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories, Paradigm Publishers, updated & revised 2007) we’ve reprinted here at AIOTB many times.

Btw, if you haven’t seen her recent appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, with Palestinian legislator Mustafa Barghouti, I strongly recommend that you watch it. You can see it here. — Matt Gonzalez


Bay Area Friends of Sabeel presents…

A Time for Truth, A Time for Action:

Palestine/Israel & the U.S. at the Crossroads

Mar 5th – 6th

First Presbyterian Church

72 Kensington Rd

San Anselmo, CA

Conference speakers will include:

Ziad Abbas is a Palestinian refugee from the Deheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank and cofounder of the Ibdaa Cultural Center in Deheisheh, where he has served as executive director since 1994. He is currently associate director of the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA).

Dr. Hisham Ahmed, professor of politics at St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California, teaches courses on Middle East politics, terrorism and nonviolence. He was born in Deheisheh refugee camp and served as a Fulbright scholar and on the faculty of Birzeit University. His book, From Religious Salvation to Political Transformation: The Rise of Hamas in Palestinian Society, was the first to appear in English on the subject.

Mohammed Alatar is a filmmaker and human rights activist from Jenin in the West Bank. He was nominated for the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Humanity in 2002 in recognition of his work for human rights. His films include The Iron Wall and Jerusalem: The East Side Story.

The Rev Naim Ateek, the founder of Sabeel, is an Arab-Israeli citizen known to many as the ‘Bishop Tutu of Palestine.’ He served as the canon pastor of the Episcopal Cathedral of Jerusalem and is the author of numerous books and articles, including Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation and A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation.

Anna Baltzer, Jewish-American granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and award-winning speaker and organizer for Palestinian rights. Baltzer worked with the International Women’s Peace Service in Palestine and recently appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (watch here:—anna-baltzer—mustafa-barghouti-extended-interview-pt–1). She is the author of Witness in Palestine: Journal of a Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories.

Omar Barghouti, an independent Palestinian researcher, commentator and human rights activist, is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. Barghouti holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University.

Kathleen and Bill Christison are former CIA analysts. Bill Christison was a senior official in the organization, and Kathleen worked on Middle East issues for 35 years. She is the author of Perceptions of Palestine and The Wound of Dispossession. Together the Christisons published Palestine in Pieces: Graphic Perspectives on the Israeli Occupation.

Dr. Jeff Halper, an Israeli-American peace activist, founded and coordinates the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. He is a professor of anthropology, author, acclaimed speaker and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize nominee. His books include Obstacles to Peace: A Reframing of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and An Israeli In Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel.

Remi Kanazi, a Palestinian-American poet and writer based in New York City, is the editor of Poets for Palestine, a recently released collection of poetry, spoken word, hip hop and art.

Mohammed Khatib is a member of the Popular Committee of Bil’in, a West Bank village. He organizes nonviolent protests against the barrier separating his community from its farmland and has been arrested and beaten for his activities. Khatib has challenged the barrier in Israeli courts and set up an alliance of West Bank villages to share his strategies.

A full list of speakers can be found at

Registration and more details at

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