Friday, January 29, 2016

Tour or Brainwashing?

From info on an upcoming tour:

...IFPB delegates return to their communities with a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the conflict and its multiple dimensions. Such a nuanced understanding, aids their activism and engagement with the issue. A typical IFPB delegation features programming on some of the following issues.
Palestinian African Community
Israeli Black Panther Party
Members of Israeli settlements in the West Bank
The Association for Ethiopian Jews in Israel
Bedouin communities in Israel and the West Bank
Palestinian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons
The Palestinian Fair Trade Association and Farmer’s Collectives
Druze communities in the Golan Heights
Yad Vashem: The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority

And they get their information from...?

Nonviolent Movements:
Bil’in Village Popular Committee
Nabi Saleh Village Popular Committee
Youth Against Settlements
Wi’am Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center
Other Voice (Sderot)
Women in Black
Tent of Nations
Holy Land Trust

Women's Leadership:
Jerusalem Center for Women
Isha L’Isha
New Profile
The Coalition of Women for Peace
Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling
Palestinian Women’s Collectives

Analysis and Advocacy:
Mossawa: Center for the Rights of the Arab Citizens of Israel
B’Tselem: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
Grassroots AlQuds
BADIL: Palestinian Center for Residency and Refugee Rights
Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions
Alternative Information Center
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Boycott National Committee
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Palestinian Hydrology Group

Alternative Israeli Voices:
Rabbis for Human Rights
Physicians for Human Rights
Hebrew University Students
Gvanim Association (Sderot)

And the leaders of the tour are...?

Rabbi Joseph Berman is the Government Affairs Liaison for Jewish Voice for Peace. Joseph has organized for justice and equality for Palestinians and Israelis for over a decade, including a number of years when he lived in Israel/Palestine. Joseph was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Boston in 2010. After ordination, he served a congregation in Revere, Massachusetts, worked as a chaplain in elder care institutions, and co-founded Ruach Guild, a skill development and support group for activists who provide spiritual care to social justice leaders, movements, and organizations. Joseph lives with his partner Sarah is Silver Spring, Maryland.

Cathy Sultan lived in Beirut, Lebanon with her Lebanese husband and two children from 1969 to 1983. In March 2002, Cathy traveled to Jerusalem and the West Bank for the first time to interview Palestinian refugees, scholars, Israeli soldiers, teenagers, teachers, businessmen and peace activists. Those interviews compose the material for her first book: Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides. A third and up-to-date version of this book was just published in March 2015. Cathy has also penned two books on Lebanon: A Beirut Heart: One Woman's War and Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006. Her newest work, The Syrian, a political thriller, was released in October 2014. Prior to joining IFPB, she sat on the Executive Board of the National Peace Foundation where she coordinated programs designed to educate members about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Cathy led IFPB delegations in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and traveled to Gaza in November 2012 with an IFPB delegation.

Plurality of opinion, balanced presentation, full picture.

And people fall for this?


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