A Conversation with Palestinian, Israeli, and American Peacebuilders


Photo: Karuna Center for Peacebuilding

Source: Karuna Center for Peacebuilding

The Karuna Center for Peacebuilding invites the public to join them on Zoom for a conversation with Palestinian, Israeli and American Peacebuilders titled “Holding onto Humanity in Palestine and Israel.”
The event is scheduled for Wednesday July 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT and is free and open to the public. Register here for Zoom link.

Sulaiman Khatib of Combatants for Peace, Norbert Goldfield of Healing Across the Divides, and an Israeli peacebuilder (TBA) from Combatants for Peace will discuss the challenges and hopes of sustaining their joint work with Palestinians and Israelis since the attack on October 7 and the ongoing war in Gaza.

This event is part of Karuna’s 30th year commemoration and is held in honor of Karuna’s founder, Paula Green, who worked with Combatants for Peace on behalf of Karuna to help strengthen their strategic planning in 2013-2017.

About the Speakers

Sulaiman Khatib is co-founder of Combatants for Peace: a grassroots movement of Israelis and Palestinians, working together to end the occupation and bring peace, equality and freedom to their homeland. Committed to joint nonviolence since their inception, they use civil resistance, education and other creative means of activism to transform systems of oppression and build a free and peaceful future from the ground up.

Khatib is co-author of In This Place Together: A Palestinian’s Journey to Collective Liberation. He was nominated, with Israeli co-founder of Combatants for Peace Chen Alon, for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 and 2018.  You can read about his personal story on Combatants for Peace’s website—including his arrest for attacking a soldier at age 14, his 10-year imprisonment in Israeli jails, and his transformational path toward nonviolence and joint activism.

An Israeli member of Combatants for Peace (TBA) will also join us at this event.

Norbert Goldfield, MD is founder and executive director of Healing Across the Divides, which works to measurably improve the health of marginalized people living in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories via community-based intervention. They help fund and strengthen the capacity of local groups run by Israelis and Palestinians.

Dr. Goldfield also leads the bipartisan health care reform organization Ask Nurses and Doctors, and has worked as a board-certified internist for more than 30 years at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. He is the author of over 50 books and articles, including Peace Building through Women’s Health: Psychoanalytic, Sociopsychological, and Community Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

For updates to the event and speaker list, visit karunacenter.org/events

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