Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Owning Up: Report from West Bank, Israel, and Jordan

Owning Up:
Addressing Americans’ Responsibilities
Regarding “Palestine and Israel”


photo by Jill Severson

Thursday March 22nd, 2007
7:00-9:30pm
PSU Multicultural Center
Smith Memorial Union room 228


Join Jill Severson as she Reports Back from two trips to the West Bank, Israel and Jordan, and Reflects on her—and our—Relationships and responsibilities as Americans to bring peace to the US and the region. All are welcome!!!

A Reflective REPORT BACK towards more Peace

FYI: Audience participation will be expected—via reflection and conversation!

Sponsored by: PSU’s Students United for Nonviolence (SUN)

and supported by: Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Jill Severson is a member of AUPHR, WILPF, and other organizations for peace.

1 comment:

BPF Portland said...

Jill had a lot to share from her two visits to Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan.

We saw photos of the wall. In one case a family was given the option: they could stay with their olive groves, or stay with their house. They chose their house. The wall separates them from their livelihood.

In another case the Israeli highway, available only for those cars with the correct license plates, shows the second-class road with checkpoint. From the Israeli highway, the road for Palestinians looks nice, paved, usable. But not far away, it is an unpaved bumpy primitive road. It made me think of our highways where we see trees, but the narrow band of nature hides the clearcuts that extend beyond our line of sight.

The wall looks like a prison wall. She told us from the Israeli side it looks nice, dirt built up, landscaped, murals. Some Israelis think the wall is working, that there have been less terrorist attacks, but Jill did not find that optimistic. While less Israelis were killed in 2006 were killed, a record number of Palestinians were killed.

In her view, you can't talk about the wall without talking about it being a land grab and water grab. This is a desert, and the Israeli settlers take the good water, and contaminate the water they don't control with their sewage.

Jill went there with the International Women's Peace Service.

Some resources:
www.wofpp.org
www.arabhra.org
newprofile.org/english

Local:
www.auphr.org
www.btvshalom.org

National:
www.americantaskforce.org
www.facingachallenge.com
www.compassionatelistening.org

News sources:
http://news.bbb.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6215769.stm