CMEP to Host President Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Speak At
Cooper Union Five Days Before UN Address
Public tickets may be available onsite.
CMEP's tickets have been distributed.
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At the invitation of Churches for Middle East Peace, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, will give his first public speech to a general American audience and deliver it for the first time in English, to students and faith leaders at The Cooper Union in New York City, NY.
In discussing his vision of a future Palestinian state and peace between Palestine and Israel, he is expected to cover the following topics:
- His views on how peace and inter-religious co-existence can flourish in Israel and Palestine with the help of the next generation.
- Why non-violent protest is the best method by which Palestinians should seek their rights.
- Why terrorism as practiced by Al Qaeda on 9/11 and ISIS is inconsistent with Islam.
WHERE: Great Hall of The Cooper Union, 7th Street between 3rd & 4th Aves. NYC
WHEN: 6PM, Monday, September 22, 2014
The speech is co-sponsored by The Cooper Union and Churches for Middle East Peace, a non-partisan coalition of national church groups that conducts education and advocacy in support of non-violence and negotiations to end the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
Join CMEP in calling for the speaking of truth to power!
CMEP calls on the U.S. State Department to say forthrightly now that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law.
The U.S. now must move beyond its usual soft words in public and exercise leadership on an issue that deeply affects the possibility of negotiated agreement to resolve this conflict.
Unilateral action, especially illegal unilateral action, cannot lead to the goal of a negotiated agreement for two states, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side within secure and recognized borders.
On August 31st Israel declared nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land south-west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank as Israeli State Land. This land seizure allows for the establishment of a new settlement around Gva’ot.
This land is being expropriated from Palestinians living in Surif, Jaba’a and Wadi Fukin. This land is considered a community inheritance that provides land for natural population growth, agriculture and natural areas. The Mayor of Surif stated that the land was currently planted with olive and forest trees. While past negotiations have discussed “land swaps” between Israelis and Palestinians, unilateral action such as this undermines all efforts to negotiate a just and peaceful resolution of this conflict. Unilateral action must be vigorously opposed!
Join CMEP in calling on U.S. leadership to take speak out now so that we may see Israelis and Palestinians living side-by-side within secure and recognized borders that give hope to the rights of all people to live in peace and security, free of fears of harassment, oppression, and violence.