Perspectives on Palestine 2017 Conference November 4

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It is said that you should never discuss politics or religion in polite company. But three veteran peace advocates will do just that at “Perspectives on Palestine 2017,” a day-long conference presenting thoughtful, progressive voices on the crisis in Israel-Palestine.

The conference will be held 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St W., Northfield.

Dr. Mark Braverman, program director of Kairos USA, will present“Tipping Point? Politics, Zionism and the Call to the Church.” Nathan Stock is the former director of the Israel-Palestine Office of The Carter Center and will speak on “Gaza and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Jennifer Bing, director of the Chicago American Friends Service CommitteeMiddle East Program, will present “No Way to Treat a Child.”

The conference is presented by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel and co-sponsored by First United Church of Christ, Northfield; the Mission and Justice Committee of Bethel Lutheran Church, Northfield; and the MICAH Group of Northfield United Methodist Church.

Registration, which includes presentations, a panel discussion and a light lunch, is $40; $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at perspectivesonpalestine.brownpapertickets.com. Scholarships are available by writing to info@njpmn.org.

This is a significant year in the Palestinian story. It marks 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, in which Britain’s foreign secretary indicated support for the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. It is the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Partition Plan, which proposed creating that homeland. Fifty years ago Israel took control of the West Bank and Gaza after the Six-Day War. Ten years ago began the land, air and sea blockade of the Gaza Strip, by which Israel controls movement of people and goods in and out of the Strip.

It also marks the 10th anniversary for Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, a diverse group of community members who organize local events to educate and advocate for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel. Members of the committee are available to speak about their experiences in Palestine/Israel. For more information about the event or NJP, visit the website at www.njpmn.org or write to info@njpmn.org.