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Interfaith Peace-Builders delegation arrives in Palestine/Israel
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An Honest Broker? The US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Co-Sponsored by Central Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and Joining Hands for
Justice in Israel and Palestine

May 27, 2013 - Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB), in partnership with Central
Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and Joining Hands for Justice in Israel and
Palestine, is pleased to announce that our 33 member delegation to
Israel/Palestine arrived at Ben-Gurion airport Monday morning and is now safely
in Jerusalem.

The purpose of this delegation, the 46th organized by Interfaith Peace-Builders
since 2001, is to educate North Americans about the region and deepen their
understanding of its conflicts.

The delegation arrives days after US Secretary of State John Kerry visited the
region, ostensibly to promote a return to formal peace talks between the Israeli
government and representatives of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
Kerry has said that the next 18 to 24 months are crucial for a breakthrough in
peace talks.

Throughout President Obamas administration, the US-brokered peace process has
shown few results and US military aid to the region continues to flow unabated.
The Presidents 2014 budget request currently in front of Congress includes $3.1
billion in military aid to Israel and an additional $316 million for joint US-
Israeli anti-missile systems. Additional reports indicate that the
administration is opening negotiations to give Israel up to $40 billion in US
taxpayer-financed weapons through 2028.

Participants on this delegation have the unique opportunity to hear directly
from Palestinians and Israelis regarding the effects of Secretary Kerrys visit
and the role of the United States in the pursuit of a just peace.

The delegation includes the following people:

Shelly Altman and Susan Bramhall - New Haven, Connecticut
Bobbie Wrenn Banks and David Root - Decatur, Georgia
Krista Brewer and David Flack - Atlanta, Georgia
Ev Brookbank - Greenacres, Washington
Nuala Cabral - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jennifer Calvert - Spokane Valley, Washington
Mary Caponi - Des Moines, Iowa
Ilise Cohen and Dan Rice - Decatur, Georgia

Delegation Announcement
Report 1: Coming soon. . .


Your participation as an eyewitness will enrich your understanding of the
conflict and empower your work in North America!

Click here for information on upcoming delegations

Noura Erakat - Fairfax, Virginia
Jonathan Flack - Atlanta, Georgia
Nicole Hale - Peoria, Arizona
Larry Hendel - Berkeley, California
Sarah Humphrey - Tucker, Georgia
Ann and Rodney Hunter - Decatur, Georgia
Nabill Idrisi - Sunnyside, New York
Susan Landrum - Atlanta, Georgia
Tori Lang - Newnan, Georgia
Leslie Leonard - Atlanta, Georgia
Clarissa O`Conor - Lititz, Pennsylvania
Mark Pirazzini - Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Alison and David Rice - Fresh Meadows, New York
Josh Ruebner - Arlington, Virginia
Stephanie Simpson - Washington, DC
Kate Taber - Atlanta, Georgia
Ralph Watkins - Atlanta, Georgia
Taylor Weech - Spokane, Washington

A photo of the delegates at orientation in Washington, DC

Interfaith Peace-Builders believes in the power of eye-witness experience and
transformation. Given the opportunity to speak directly with Israelis and
Palestinians, delegates return to the United States better informed, more
energized, and with a deeper understanding of the possibilities for true justice
in the Middle East.

Upon their return to the United States, delegates will share their experiences
with the public, the media, and their political representatives.

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