Many Canadians have been profoundly impacted through spending time in the West Bank as part of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).
It is a wonderful church based initiative and admire the devoted people, like Debbie (whom I have met), and Dean, (whom I have not met), who participate in it.
I wish there were a comparable program for the Palestinian refugees in Gaza, Jordan, Syria or Lebanon, as their situation is just as bad, but often overlooked.
Amnesty International Edmonton is hosting an event focused on Palestine/Israel at its upcoming general meeting, which is open to the public:
Sharing Tea Amidst Conflict
Tuesday, June 21 (7:00 pm)
McKernan Community Hall
11341 78 Avenue (map)
How can there be peace in Israel and Palestine? Can you have peace without justice? Is a two state solution even possible? These questions stirred Debbie Hubbard and Dean Reidt to volunteer to serve for three months as human rights observers in the occupied territories of Palestine. The answers to those questions became clearer as they worked along side Palestinian and Israeli activists from October 2014 to January 2015 in East Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
They will be sharing stories of their experiences and some of the reality on the ground that they witnessed.
In the words of the late Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe “until lions have their own historians, the history…
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