Christians Witnessing for Palestine


Here's a list of lecture programs we've presented.

  • Khury Petersen-Smith, co-author of a 2015 Statement of Black Solidarity With Palestine, presented the keynote at a CW4P event. Panelists Iman Abid, Melanie Funchess, and Danielle Ponder responded. A description and audio of the keynote are here. (November 2017)
  • Chicago activists Joyce and John Cassel presented in Rochester the film they recorded, Detaining Dreams, about four West Bank boys who experienced detention by Israeli Defense Forces. (April 2016)
  • In May 2015, sponsored a lecture by Alison Weir, author of Against Our Better Judgment: How the U.S. was used to create Israel, and founder of If Americans Knew. Alison Weir gave a similar lecture in Binghamton NY during the same tour. It's available for streaming.
  • Brought Mark Braverman to Rochester for three lectures in April 2012. A Jewish man living in Washington, D.C., he spoke on the topic "Fatal Embrace"
  • Sponsored a presentation in Rochester by Iyad Burnat, who spoke on the nonviolent movement in Bil'in, West Bank. His village is affected by the Israeli-built wall. His brother made the Academy-Award nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras
  • Organized "Life in Occupied Palestine," two lectures featuring Joyce and John Cassel of Oak Park IL. They volunteered for three months in 2012 living in Hebron and Bethlehem, West Bank
  • Featured a book presentation with Q&A by Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta. She lived in Jerusalem for seven years during the time Christian Peacemaker Teams were first established in Hebron, West Bank. She was among the first to martial Jewish support for CPT, envisioning a Jewish auxiliary group that CPTers could turn to support their work. Her book, Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation, presents the voices of over 100 practitioners of nonviolence.