National Briefings for Peace
CMEP brings its members across the U.S. diverse and expert leaders who are working for real peace in the region. Calls or webinars are recorded and posted here for your listening or viewing.
- January 27th New Year, New Opportunities with Matt Duss, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace Matthew Duss is the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. Previously he was a policy analyst at the Center for American Progress, where his work focused on the Middle East and U.S. national security. You can find him on Twitter: @mattduss. Established in 1979 by the late Merle Thorpe, Jr., the Foundation is dedicated to promoting, through various activities, a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that brings peace and security to both peoples.
- November 19, 2014 Homes and Human Rights in the West Bank and Gaza with Anat Saragusti, director, B'Tselem USA Anat Saragusti is the director of B'Tselem USA and a well-known Israeli journalist and social activist. Before joining B'Tselem USA, Anat spent fifteen years at Channel 2 TV News Company, including time as editor of the evening news edition and of Israel's leading news program "Ulpan Shishi," a weekly news wrap-up called "Friday Studio." She has particular expertise in the occupied Palestinian territories including extensive field experience in both the Gaza Strip and Sderot, a nearby Israeli city across the green line. Anat was a known photographer and directed documentary films. Most recently, Anat served as the executive director of Agenda: Israeli Center for Strategic Communication, which provides media expertise to social change organizations. Anat is also known for her outstanding role in promoting gender equality and civil rights for minority groups in Israel. Her family has lived in the Jerusalem environs for 500 years, Anat holds a masters degree in law from Tel Aviv University and a diploma in conflict resolution from the University of Maryland.
- September 30, 2014 Presentation and Q&A with Archbishop Elias Chacour A three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Elias Chacour recently retired after serving since 2006 as the Archbishop of the Melkite Catholic Church for Akko, Haifa, Nazareth, and all Galilee. He was born to a Palestinian Christian family in the village of Biram in Upper Galilee in 1939. Along with his whole village he experienced the tragedy of eviction by the Israeli authorities in 1948 and became a refugee in his own land. He and all his family members became citizens of Israel when the state was created. Ordained and appointed in 1965 as priest of St. George Melkite Catholic Church in Ibillin, a small Arab village in the Galilee region, near Nazareth, where Christians and Muslims have lived together peacefully for hundreds of years, Father Chacour realized early on that his work in Ibillin would require more than routine priestly duties. His vision that through education, children, youth, and young adults of different faith traditions will learn to live and work together in peace resulted in the Mar Elias Educational Institutions (MEEI) schools that today serve 2,500 students from preschool through high school.Many international groups and educational institutions have honored Archbishop Chacour for his work on behalf of peace. For mor information about the school visits Pilgrims of Ibillin.
- July 22, 2014 Talking Gaza Khaled Elgindy is a fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Between 2004 and 2009, Mr. Elgindy served with the Negotiations Support Unit (NSU) in Ramallah as an advisor to the Palestinian leadership on permanent status negotiations with Israel, and was a participant in the round of negotiations launched at Annapolis in November of 2007. Mr. Elgindy's previous experience includes serving as a policy analyst for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and as a professional staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs. He also held positions at the Arab American Institute and the National Democratic Institute.
- July 15th The Power of Your Attention: The Role of Media in the Israeli-Palestinian Landscape Suhad Babaa is the Director of Programming at Just Vision, a nonprofit organization that highlights the power and potential of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, dignity, equality and human security using nonviolent means. Ms. Babaa oversees Just Vision's educational and community outreach efforts across the United States, Israel, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and formulates Just Vision's US-based outreach strategy, working closely with community leaders, educators and students across the country. "We tell the stories of those who stand up, those who take the courageous and bold step forward even as the tide runs swiftly against them,” says Babaa. “At the end of the day, I believe it will be this courage that will alter the course and lead to freedom and equality in the region."
- June 24, 2014 Seven years of the Gaza closure: Where to from here? with Tania Hary, the deput y director of Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement Since the 1967 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israel’s military has developed a complex system of rules and sanctions to control the movement of the 4.5 million Palestinians who live there. The restrictions violate the fundamental right of Palestinians to freedom of movement. As a result, additional basic rights are violated, including the right to life, the right to access medical care, the right to education, the right to livelihood, the right to family unity and the right to freedom of religion. Gisha is a leading Israeli not-for-profit organization, founded in 2005, whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially Gaza residents. For more information on Gisha visit http://gisha.org. For a copy of Gisha's map of Gaza visit http://gisha.org/publication/2584. For information on the protocols and procedures issued by Israeli authorities that govern the lives fo people living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip visit http://gisha.org/legal/procedures-and-protocols.
- May 20, 2014 "We Refuse to be Enemies" with Daoud Nasser from the Tent of Nations The Nassars are a Palestinian Christian family whose farm is surrounded by Israeli settlements. Although they live under constant threats that their land will be confiscated, they strive to maintain a haven of peace through their work with the Tent of Nations Project. Living out the dream of their father, the land has become a center for peace and local education. The Tent of Nations has become a place for pursuing a just peace through non-violent activities. At their front gate, a sign reads in three languages, "We Refuse to be Enemies". Here's some additional information.
- March 19, 2014 Talking with Palestinians and Israelis: A Post-Trip Report from Jerusalem with Warren Clark Warren Clark, who just returned from private meetings with Palestinians and Israelis in the Holy Land, which include the Armenian Patriarchate, Greek Patriarchate, Latin Patriarchate, Custos of the Holy Land and the U.S. Consulate officials, provides insight and analysis of the current mood in the Holy Land regarding negotiations. Warren Clark became Executive Director of CMEP in January, 2008. Ambassador Clark was a career U.S. Foreign Service officer in the Department of State, serving in the Middle East, Europe, Canada, Africa, and at the United Nations. He was Charge d’affaires in Lagos, Nigeria; the U.S. Ambassador in Libreville, Gabon; and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa in Washington.
- February 26, 2014 Making progress or spinning wheels? Analyzing the new U.S. push for Palestinian-Israeli peace with Rami G. Khouri Mr. Khouri explores what prompted the United States via Secretary of State John Kerry to make such a determined push to launch Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations, and hear an analysis of what we know about the progress of the talks and the major issues at stake. Examine the important role of American churches in trying to promote peace and justice and what more could be done. Rami G. Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and US citizen whose family resides in Beirut and Nazareth. An internationally syndicated political columnist and book author, he is the first director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, and also serves as a nonresident senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Harvard University.