Intercultural/Interfaith Partnerships

At the invitation of Palestine solidarity groups, churches, mosques, synagogues, community centers or student organizations — Students for Justice in Palestine, Muslim Students Association, Palestine Solidarity Committee, Open Hillel, Progressive Jewish Alliance, etc. — Common Ground’s Executive Director ********** and Palestinian and Israeli activists discuss the conditions of Palestinian life under Israeli siege in Gaza, occupation in the West Bank and discrimination against non-Jews in ’48 Israel, the 2005 Palestinian civil society call for BDSthe unanimous Palestinian rejection of Israel’s “new” demand (since 2014) to be recognized as a “Jewish state,” the Palestinian Right to Education Campaign, building one secular democratic state or federation in Palestine/Israel with equal rights for all, Palestinian-Israeli nonviolent “co-resistance” to Israeli colonization, occupation, apartheid and oppression, and all concerns regarding justice, trauma, resilience, recovery, equal rights and lasting peace and security for all in Palestine/Israel.

Events include in-person and/or Skype presentations by Exec. Dir. ********** and Palestinian and Israeli activists, artists, journalists or scholars, poets, musicians, American imams, rabbis or pastors, documentary films, concerts, photography or art exhibits, etc., with Q & A.

Common Ground Exec. Dir. ******** and Jewish-American activist Rich Siegel, Washington D.C., 2016

"*******’s family comes from Isdud, Palestine, which has since become Ashdod, Israel. ******* has never been there. He has never been to Jerusalem. He is not permitted into any part of Israel or the occupied territories except for his native Gaza. ******’s family fled Isdud in 1948... intending to return. That never happened. They ended up in Gaza, like so many other victims of the Nakba. ******* was born and raised there.... Unlike Jerusalem and Ashdod, ******* is allowed to visit Washington, DC."

-- Rich Siegel's Blog, 2017

"When I visited Jerusalem this past October... ******* (asked) would I write his name on a piece of paper and take photos with it?... He explained: “It will be like my soul is in Jerusalem.”... Taking photos with my friend’s name changed my experience of Jerusalem.... (H)aving spent time with ******* in different parts of the US, the fact that I was in a place that he cherishes but is not permitted to visit, suddenly became very painful.... It has been a painful but very gratifying process to see beyond Zionist narrative and Jewish tribal loyalty, to appreciate the reality of my Palestinian brothers and sisters who experienced Zionist conquest from the other side."

-- Rich Siegel's Blog, 2017