Join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) in a conversation
about peace-building in Palestine and Israel.
Formed in 1984, CMEP is a coalition of 27 national church denominations and organizations working to encourage U.S. policies that promote just, lasting and comprehensive resolutions to conflicts in the Middle East. We invite you to join us in this discussion of how we can work together to understand the realities affecting both Israelis and Palestinians and how people of faith can play a positive role in pursuing peace.
Rev. Jeffrey Geary, pastor of White Plains Presbyterian Church, will moderate. He recently returned from a trip to Palestine and Israel for a gathering organized by the Peacemaking Program of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and participated in a tour of the West Bank with the Siraj Center, a Palestinian Christian organization.
Kyle Cristofalo is CMEP’s Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, has extensive experience coordinating lobbying on Middle East policy and training grassroots advocates. He will describe current conditions in Gaza, including the Great Return March, and discuss CMEP’s advocacy for UNRWA, the United Nations agency responsible for the welfare of Palestinian refugees.
Georgette Hazboun Rabadi hails from Beit Sahour in the West Bank, where she is principle of the Evangelical Lutheran School. She will speak about her school and its goals and about life in her community and the West Bank more generally. She will also tell the story of Beit Sahour’s creative nonviolent resistance to the Occupation depicted in the animated documentary The Wanted 18 when military authorities decreed that eighteen cows were a threat to Israeli national security.
This event is free and open to the public.
Parking is available in the lots behind the church and on adjacent streets.
Hosted by White Plains Presbyterian Church and co-sponsored by The Church in the Highland, White Plains; St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley; and St. Bartholomew’s Church, White Plains.