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“Conversations on the Middle East”
September 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Join area residents Said Abdallah, a Palestinian from Ramallah, and Cindy Osborne, who grew up in Rehovot, Israel, as they talk about their different historical narratives, their peacemaking efforts, how they connected and how they are working to educate and promote dialog rather than perpetuate divisions and demonize the other side.
They will talk about their peacemaking efforts and why criticizing policy, corruption and ineffectiveness is neither anti-Israel nor antithetical to Palestinian freedom. They will also share personal stories, current and historical, on immigration, discrimination and their peacemaking journey.
Said Abdallah left Ramallah when he was 19 and raised his family in the US, but returns to visit extended family in the West Bank. He has a green card and has worked as an electrician and a hydroponics entrepreneur. Cindy Osborne, was born in the US, grew up in Israel, served in the Israeli military, has dual Israeli and US citizenship, raised her family in Israel and the US, and currently works as a massage therapist and freelance editor.
Said and Cindy are part of PAJET (www.pajetnc.org), an Asheville, based group of peacemakers and activists committed to working toward a just settlement of the Middle East conflict resulting in Palestinians and Israelis living in peace with equal human rights & dignity.
Informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation.