United Church activists to gather in Ottawa on Sept 13 – 15 to develop support for Palestinian human rights

unjppi 2 ottawa 2019Human rights activists from the United Church of Canada, along with partners and friends, will be gathering from across the country in Ottawa this September. The focus will be “Taking Action” for a just peace in Palestine and Israel. There will be an exciting array of interesting and knowledgeable speakers. Open to the public (but registration required). Read more.

The United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI) is a loose network of Canadians, mostly members of the United Church of Canada. According to its website, UNJPPI is “A network working toward the goal of a just peace in Palestine and Israel by calling for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and equal rights for all who live in Palestine/Israel through education and advocacy”.

Along with a local Ottawa team, co-chairs Reverend Marianna Harris and George Bartlett have organized an interesting three day session for members and friends to both learn and exchange views.

The weekend event is organized under the title: “Imagining the way of justice: taking action”.

living in hope

Events start with a public lecture at 12 noon on Friday, September 13th by Omar Haramy, Executive Director of Sabeel, a Christian Palestinian organization based in Jerusalem

Activities begin at 12 noon on Friday, September 13th, at First United Church with Omar Haramy a Palestinian Christian Leader an invited guest speaker brought in specially from Jerusalem. He will talk about recent developments in that historic city. His talk will be entitled: Living in Hope: Between a rock and a hard place.  Open to the public.

Over the next two days, speakers will include:

  • Former NDP member Libby Davies, on “What blocks political change?”
  • Dr. Diana Ralph, co-founder of Independent Jewish Voices Canada, on “What is, and what isn’t, anti-semitism”
  • Peter Larson, Chair of the Ottawa Forum on Israel Palestine on “What’s happening in Gaza?”

There will also be lots of time for exchanging ideas and experiences through workshops and videos.

Registration for the whole weekend is $200.

For more information go to the UNJPPI website. To register directly click here. 


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