NATIONAL DAY OF DIALOGUE
Thank you for joining us for the first National Day of Dialogue, a series of virtual events on January 5, 2022, including the premiere for Ideos Institute’s documentary film, “Dialogue Lab: America”. For National Day of Dialogue Hands of Peace joined a coalition of bridge-building organizations led by Ideos Institute.
Together, we promoted the simple idea that common ground is possible. We collaborated with this group of organizations to promote dialogue as one of our most powerful tools in the fight against the current state of division and polarization in our nation.
VIRTUAL BOOK CIRCLE:
IN THIS PLACE TOGETHER
August 22, 2021
Co-author and Combatants for Peace co-founder Sulaiman Khatib joined Hands of Peace executive director Scott Rasmussen for a moving and inspiring discussion about This Place Together: A Palestinian’s Journey to Collective Liberation. Khatib shared how his activism became deeply rooted in the belief that we must ground all work—from dialogue to action to healing—in recognition of the history and humanity of the other. Khatib’s story, co-written with Penina Eilberg-Schwartz, was heard by more than 160 participants on the Virtual Book Circle on Sunday, August 22, 2021. They joined from countries worldwide – France, Germany, Israel, Palestine, United Kingdom, and the U.S.
SHAKSHUKA COOKING CLASS
July 11, 2021
Hands of Peace Founder Gretchen Grad joined cultural guides Aziz Abu Sarah and Kim Passy Yoseph from Mejdi Tours as they shared Israeli and Palestinian variations of Shakshuka, a popular Middle Eastern recipe. Hands of Peace alumni also joined the 60-minute Zoom cooking session as we all discovered the cultural influences and historical background of this delicious dish.
From Elections to Al-Aqsa: What’s Happening in Israel/Palestine and What Happens Next
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Hands of Peace Executive Director Scott Rasmussen and Board member Reem Ghunaim, Executive Director of Rotarian Action Group for Peace, were joined by Palestinian Aziz Abu Sarah, a TED Fellow, peacebuilder, and co-founder of Mejdi Tours, and Israeli Gershon Baskin, a political and social entrepreneur and a researcher of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and peace process.
This Community Circles event explored what is currently happening, how we got there, and what our Hands of Peace community can do to act for peace in building a future of self-determination and security for Israelis and Palestinians.
HANDS OF PEACE WALK THE TALK BENEFIT WEEK
To speak out against the escalating violence in Israel/Palestine, many of you joined our 5K Walk for Peace. To see the pictures gathered from many parts of the world during Walk the Talk Benefit Week go here.
DEVELOPMENTS IN MIDDLE EAST PEACEBUILDING
Saturday, April 10, 2021
John Lyndon, ALLMEP Executive Director, and Huda Abuarquob, ALLMEP Regional Director joined Hands of Peace Executive Director Scott Rasmussen for a powerful and inspiring conversation about people-to-people peacebuilding and the impact of the historic passage of the Middle East Partnership for Peace Act (MEPPA). A coalition of over 125 organizations – including Hands of Peace – the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) is the largest and fastest-growing network of Palestinian and Israeli peacebuilders.
BEHIND THE LENS: ‘TIL KINGDOM COME
Sunday, February 14, 2021
The discussion about the film ‘Til Kingdom Come and the issues it raises included a panel with Israeli filmmakers Maya Zinshtein and Abie Troen, and Palestinian Pastor Munther Isaac, moderated by Hands of Peace Executive Director Scott Rasmussen.
DIALOGUE TO ACTION: THE WORK OF PEACEBUILDING
Grassroots movements that create spaces for dialogue and action across lines of difference form an essential building block of sustainable peace. What are the unique advantages and challenges to these efforts, and how do you create ethical frameworks that pursue open opportunities for exchange while also calling participants into action that maximizes dignity, security, and freedom for all?
Those questions and more were answered by Hands of Peace alumni Stav Arnon and Elias Hawila and Executive Director Scott Rasmussen in the first of a Telos Webinar Series, “Peacemaking from Bottom to Top” on January 26. To view the entire webinar see below. If you are interested in the rest of the Telos series go here.