We are excited to invite you to join us for another installment of Nonviolence International’s Wednesday webinar series We Are All Part of One Another.
On June 3rd from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT (14:30-16:00 GMT) we will hold a discussion on...
"Co-Resistance and Solidarity with Palestinians"
This interactive webinar is scheduled to feature presentations by leaders of Holy Land Trust (HLT) from Bethlehem and from the Center for Jewish Nonviolence (CJNV). Our host will be Mohammed Abu-Nimer, leading conflict resolution specialist and new NVI Board member. Speakers are Elias D'eis and Said Durzi Zarar from HLT and Scout Bratt from CJNV.
Elias D'eis was born into a Christian family with a long history of nonviolent resistance in Beit Sahour. Elias D'eis’s life was shaped during the First Intifada, watching his father and his community find the path towards justice through peaceful resistance. It was through his Christian upbringing, holding onto Jesus’s sacred words of “loving thy neighbor,” that led Elias into a life journey of engaging his community in transformation. Through this challenge, he staked out a path of education that would lead him directly into the middle of peacemaking, seeking a deeper understanding of the nature of the violence, the historical roots, and how generational trauma contributes to cycles of unrest and bloodshed. Joining Holy Land Trust in 2007 as a travel coordinator, Elias has grown the Travel & Encounter program of Holy Land Trust. His department now facilitates tours and educational packages to some 1,500 peacemakers and sojourners a year. Elias recently got promoted to be the Executive Director of Holy Land Trust since July 2019. On top of his full-time job, his quest to change the communities around him has led him into an array of leadership positions across the Bethlehem Governorate. Elias is the Chairman of the board of Al Ghad Al Jadid (New Generation) Organization in Beit Sahour, and was recently elected to the Beit Sahour City Council - one of the youngest members in the history of the council. While on the board, he manages the tourism portfolio, engaging in international relations and community development projects and has been a critical representative to Japan, Turkey, and Lithuania. Elias's lived experience, growing up during the Second Intifada, challenged himself and others to find alternative modes to violence within a Christian framework, and the path it has led him down serves as a remarkable story for every Christian and peacemaker.
Said Durzi Zarar is the Creative Manager of Holy Land Trust, organizing the event planning for Bet Lahem Live, as well as the lead coordinator for the Travel & Encounter Department. He began his work for Holy Land Trust in August 2012. As a theater actor, director and playwright, Said became the artistic director for the annual Bet Lahem Live Festival, working with the logistics of the Travel and Encounter program, and coordinating all other events hosted by Holy Land Trust. Said graduated from Bethlehem University with a Bachelor's degree in Literature and Translation in 2010 but his real passion is networking and communications. At Holy Land Trust, and as a certified Travel Expert, Said builds itineraries for our incoming delegations, joining in the daily trips as well as building relationships and friendships.
Scout Bratt serves as the Operations Manager for the Center for Jewish Nonviolence (CJNV). Scout has worked as the Outreach & Education Director at Chicago Women’s Health Center (CWHC), providing body-positive, queer-inclusive, gender-expansive comprehensive sexual health education in schools and organizations across the city. Scout has also led CWHC’s training and consultation for area partners seeking to create safer, more inclusive spaces for people of all gender identities and expressions. Scout holds a Master of Education in Youth Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Mohammed Abu-Nimer is Palestinian-American and was born in Israel. He serves on the Board of Directors for Nonviolence International. He is a professor at American University. He is an expert on conflict resolution, and dialogue for peace. While his research has focused on a wide array of areas in peacebuilding and conflict resolution, his most recent areas of focus have included faith-based peacebuilding, interfaith dialogue in peacebuilding and building social cohesion, and pedagogical considerations on incorporating peace and forgiveness education in the Arab world. He is also the action Senior Advisor to the KAICIID Dialogue Centre, an international organization that specializes in interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Prof. Abu-Nimer has been both author and an editor of more than 13 books on faith-based and interfaith peace-building (e.g. Nonviolence and Peacebuilding in Islamic Context: Bridging Ideals and Reality (2003); Peace-Building By, Between and Beyond Muslims and Evangelical Christians (2009)), as well as interfaith dialogue and its role in peacebuilding and reconciliation (e.g. Unity in Diversity: Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East (2007); Dialogue Conflict Resolution and Change: Arab-Jewish Encounters in Israel (1999)). Abu-Nimer's newest volume, Faith-Based Peacebuilding: Challenges of Practice, jointly edited with Michele Garred was scheduled for release in 2017.
Our impressive partners, HLT and CNJV, are leading the way to a model of grassroots co-resistance and solidarity that has the power to transform our beautiful and broken world. We celebrate their visionary work and look forward to sharing the inspiration with all of you.
Through these timely webinars, Nonviolence International will educate, inspire, and build a strong community as we work for a better world.
Over the coming months, we will be hosting an impressive range of nonviolent activists, thinkers, and leaders. We hope that you will make our new webinar series a regular part of your week. Each week you will hear a powerful story of how people are using creative nonviolence in these difficult days.
We look forward to an interactive and inspirational webinar series.