Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Combatants for Peace

Combatants for Peace: a Palestinian ex-prisoner and Israeli ex-combatant will speak on how they gave up violence and came together to form a vision for peace. They are on a 22 city tour of the U.S. This event is hosted by Brit Tzedek v'Shalom (Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace) and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.

Saturday, Jan 20, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the, Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Ave., Delmar. Doors open at 3:45 p.m.

The "Combatants for Peace" movement was started jointly by Palestinians and Israelis, who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence; Israelis as soldiers in the Israeli army and Palestinians as part of the violent struggle for Palestinian freedom. After brandishing weapons for so many years, and having seen one another only through weapon sights, we have decided to put down our guns, and to fight for peace.

Sulaiman Al Hamri spent four-and-a-half years in Israeli prison for his involvement in anti-occupation protests. He is the Palestinian coordinator for Combatants for Peace. Elik Elhanan was in an Israeli combat unit for three years. His sister was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber. He is the Israeli coordinator for Combatants for Peace.

You can learn more about Combatants for Peace here.