The Global Campaign for Middle East Peace is a multicultural, interfaith organization, launching an international campaign for peace in the Middle East with a primary focus on resolving the tragic conflict between Israelis and Palestinians: Statement of Purpose | Policy Principles | Goals and Objectives

Join us to Support a Two-State Solution for Peace between the Israeli and Palestinian People
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 5:30-8:00pm  Lafayette Square Park–Across from the White House

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PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

Mark Harrison (Director of the Peace with Justice Program, General Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Church) Emcee

5:30   CALL TOGETHER: Blowing of the Shofar: Rabbi David Shneyer
5:35   WELCOME and INTRODUCTIONS: Mark Harrison
5:40​   SPECIAL MESSAGE: Bassam Aramin and Robi Damelin (Parents Circle – Families Forum a grassroots organization of bereaved Palestinians and Israelis)
6:00   ​OVERVIEW: Chic Dambach (National Director, Middle East Peace Working Group)
6:10​   SPECIAL REMARKS: Harriet Fulbright (J. William and Harriet Fulbright Center)
6:15​   KEYNOTE: Marcia Dyson (Ambassador at Large for the Global Campaign for Middle East Peace)
6:25​   SPECIAL REMARKS: Princess Basmah bint Saud
6:30   SPEAKER: Professor Sahar Khamis, University of Maryland
6:35​   SPEAKER: Rabbi David Shneyer, Founder and Director of Am Kolel
6:40​   SPEAKER: Churches for Middle East Peace (Speaker TBD)
6:50​   MUSIC: Mikua Ray

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS (Several Members have been invited including Representatives Conyers, Ellison, Rangel, Jones, Schakowsky, etc. They will be introduced to speak as they arrive.)

7:10   STUDENT SPEAKERS: Avalon Levy and Daniel Munayer
7:20​   MUSIC & COMMENTS: Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, & Mary)
7:40   CANDLELIGHTING
7:45   MORE MUSIC: Peter Yarrow
7:50​   COMMENTS: One Voice (TBD)
7:55   ​CLOSING REMARKS: Mark Harrison

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Dear Mr. President:

We write in the wake of historic events in the Middle East over the past month, recognizing that these are critical times for the people of the Arab world, for us as Americans, and for our ally Israel.

We support your effort to shape American policy in the region in ways that promote democracy, more open societies, strong economies and lasting security

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This is a time when people make resolutions for the coming year. The Middle East is the home to the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. All three trace their roots back to Abraham and believe in charity, respect, and empathy. Unfortunately, the Middle East has been scarred by violence, war, and greed, and compassion and tolerance are in short supply.

Now is the time to make choices for the New Year. The Global Campaign for Middle East Peace declares 2012 the year for Middle East Peace. We are working in the US Congress and in the business and interfaith communities in Washington DC, Israel, and the West Bank. We are individuals from all walks of life and different faiths that have come together to make a difference for the people in the Middle East so that they all have peace, education, health-care, income, and justice. We are committed to taking action that will empower the people of the region to transform their environment such that Israel and Palestine are living side by side in peace, security and prosperity. We call upon you to register your resolutions with us at MiddleEastPeaceCampaign.org and make peace and security a reality in 2012.

Walter Fauntroy, President, Global Campaign for Middle East Peace
Harriet Fulbright, Chairman, Global Campaign for Middle East Peace

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