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conference will be guided by:
Dr. Azmi Bishara,
and member of the
former US Congressman
and author of
"They Dare to Speak Out"
A coalition of local and
national peace and justice organizations, including Al-Awda,
Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Arab
Voices, Free Press Houston, Jewish Voice for Peace,
Houston Coalition for Justice
Not War, KPFT 90.1 FM Radio (Pacifica Station), Latinos Por la
Paz, Palestine Affairs Council, and Pax Christi USA,
will sponsor a conference on
the weekend of April 29-May 1, with the twofold purpose of
identifying all the significant needs of Palestinians in any
just settlement of the Middle East conflict, and of
building political support for the resulting consensus.
for this conference will be Dr. Azmi Bishara,
writer, philosopher, and one of the leading
political thinkers in the Arab world. Born in
Nazareth, he is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, a
member of Israel's Knesset (parliament),
and the leader of the National Democratic Assembly
party, an Arab
party established by Dr. Azmi Bishara [which]
advocates Israelís turning into 'a state of all its
citizens'. He is the first member of Israel's
Knesset to be put on trial
for making political statements in the 56-year
history of that state. He holds a Ph.D. in
philosophy from Humboldt University in Berlin, and
writes in Arabic, Hebrew, English and German. Dr.
Bishara will help guide the conference to
identify and formulate the needs of Palestinians in
any ultimate settlement with
are also in communication with other officials
who they hope will also be
able to participate in this momentous project.
Workshops and presentations on a variety of topics including
the racism inherent in
encountering and countering organized opposition and
smear campaigns in the course of seeking justice for
Palestine, the role of the UN in effecting justice in the
Middle East, how activists
can work with and around the pro-Israel biases of the
mainstream corporate media, the Palestinian right of
return, the Israel economic
divestment campaign currently
supported by some
American churches, and
several other very current issues for activists.
These workshops will be presented by such activist-experts as
Jeff Blankfort (whose commentaries are featured on
KPFT radio), and
UT-Austin journalism professor-activist Robert Jensen.
The second goal of the conference will be pursued under
the leadership of former Congressman and
renowned author Paul Findley, whose classic "They
Dare to Speak Out" first exposed the machinations of AIPAC, JDL and ADL, the organized political and
social forces that support Israel through a variety
including smear campaigns and character
assassination, as well as the less noxious but
possibly more effective targeted campaign
financing and vote mobilization that allows the US
Congress to be considered, in the eyes of many,
"Israeli-occupied territory." Congressman
Findley, after serving for decades in Congress, is
widely believed to have lost his seat because he was
targeted for defeat by these pro-Israeli forces.
He will be assisted by Jeffrey Blankfort, whose
expertise on AIPAC and its power is definitive.
Other scheduled guests include Ora Wise, Jewish
activist for Palestinian rights whose Spoken Word
artistry has moved many hearts and minds to greater
sympathy with the quest for justice for Palestine.
Additionally, organizers are planning a public
and festive cultural event at the Arab-American
Cultural and Community Center in Houston
for the mid-conference
evening of Saturday April 30. Planned are brief remarks by
Dr. Bishara and Paul Findley, together with performances by
Ora Wise and Palestinian folkloric performers.