October 21, 2009 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
1441 Post Road
"Life In Occupied Palestine" - Documentary showing followed by discussion.
October 28, 2009 - 8:30 am (Private Event)
A Tanenbaum Private Briefing: Israel and Palestine - Moving Beyond Differences
Dr. Mustafa Barghouti in a forum with His Excellency Michael B. Oren, Israel Ambassador to the United States
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 11:00 pm (Reshown October 29 at 8:30 pm)
Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, and Anna Baltzer are guests, both noted Palestinian peace activists.
This "project" describes itself:-
The Seventy Times Seven Project, Inc. is a not-for-profit human rights [Jewish rights, too?] organization dedicated to peace and justice in the Middle East and elsewhere through promoting the truth, reconciliation and forgiveness.
The Foundation's name is taken from Mathew 18:22. [funny that. the two verses there go: "21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?'" 22 Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times'." a) if Israel has done much less wrong than the Pals. as I would insist, who forgives whom? b) if we're forgiven, why keep blasting us?]
The Foundation's current focus [is there any other focus in the near future? like Pals. suffering from Hamas?] is on ending violence and injustice related to the occupation of Palestine.
While most Americans strongly support security for Israel--as do we--few people realize how severely Palestinians, including Christian Palestinians, suffer at the hands of the Israelis, and how often the line is crossed from security into harassment or brutality.
It's run by David Maloof:
He deals in propaganda, like this claim:
For Palestinian Christians, the Holy Land today does not provide a blessed life...Father Justinus, a Greek Orthodox priest, has been attacked numerous times by Israeli settlers who wish to repossess the well. Today, roughly 50,000 Christians remain in the West Bank -- less than 4% of the population, a figure which was 40% before Israel was created. Even, Jesus' birthplace, Bethlehem, is no longer majority Christian.Really?
While some have sought to blame Muslims for the decline, in a 2006 poll of Christians in Bethlehem, 78% attributed the ongoing exodus of Christians from Bethlehem to the Israeli travel restrictions on the area.
Who rapes Christian girls? Who really persecutes Christians in the Holy Land?
And he does reach out:-
And we spoke with Israelis who are fighting for Palestinians rights. People like Jeff Halper of Israel's Committee Against House Demolitions, who literally lays in front of bulldozers to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes. He has in the past been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. And Israelis like Rabbi Arak Ascherman...
I suggest he reconsider this verse, as it would seem to apply to his work:
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18)
This David has got my hands up - but in despair.
Received this from David Maloof:
Correction, the person who will attend the breakfast with Mustafa Barghouti sponsored by the Tanenbaum Foundation and supported by us is the Honorable Asaf Shariv, Israel's Consul General in New York.
David T. Maloof
and see comments below