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2006 Olive Harvest Delegation
Peace-Builders & American Friends Service Committee
The Olive Harvest
Delegation to Israel/Palestine is taking place November 4-18,
2006 and was jointly organized between the American
Friends Service Committee and Interfaith Peace-Builders.
Harvest Delegation Arrives in Israel/Palestine
November 6, 2006
Interfaith Peace-Builders and the American Friends
Service Committee are pleased to announce that their 14-member delegation
to Israel/Palestine entered Israel at the Ben-Gurion airport Monday
morning and is now safely on its way to Jerusalem.
The purpose of this delegation, the 20th Interfaith
Peace-Builders delegation since 2001, is to educate North American
citizens about the region and deepen their understanding of its
conflicts. This delegation also marks the first collaboration between
Interfaith Peace-Builders and the American Friends Service Committee.
Both organizations are excited to be working together to bring a
critical witness to the conflict in the Middle East.
With current tensions running high in the aftermath
of the summer war, ongoing conflict in Gaza, and the possibility
of a nuclear Iran, the 14 delegates will have the unique experience
of learning about the Middle East through the eyes of those who
The delegates are scheduled to meet with an
array of Palestinians and Israelis who will share their observations
on the current situation, the effects of United States foreign policy
in the region, and the possibilities for a just and sustainable
peace. Delegates also will participate in the Palestinian olive
harvest, which will offer a unique look at daily Palestinian life
under Israeli military occupation.
Individual meetings will be held with
Jeff Halper, recently nominated for a Noble Peace Prize, and Rami
Elhanan, an Israeli whose daughter was killed by a suicide bomber
and who currently works for peace and justice with the Parents’
Circle. Delegates also will meet Israeli and Palestinian college
students, inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp, Israelis who
refuse to serve in the military, and Palestinian farmers. They plan
to travel to the north of Israel and speak with both Israeli Jews
and Israeli Palestinians about the recent war.
A photo of the delegates at orientation in Washington, DC.
delegation includes the following people:
Carlson, Santa Cruz, California
- Julie Doyle, Los Gatos, California
- Al Espenschied, Cambridge, Ohio
- Marilyn Hadden, Markham, Ontario, Canada
- Louis Hirsch, Chicago, Illinois
- Scott Kennedy, Santa Cruz, California – delegation co-leader
- Hilary Krivchenia, Lafayette, Indiana
- Judy Lee, Bexley, Ohio
- Lois Mastrangelo, Watertown, Massachusetts
- Bill Mims, Vienna, Virginia
- Bill Plitt, Arlington, Virginia
- Miryam Rashid, Chicago, Illinois – delegation co-leader
- John Treat, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Mary Ann Weston, Evanston, Illinois
Interfaith Peace-Builders and the American Friends Service Committee
believe 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.
their return to the United States in mid-August, delegates will
share their experiences with the public, the media, and their
political representatives. Media interested in interviewing the
participants when they return, and groups wanting information
about speaking engagements, should contact Interfaith Peace-Builders
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or the American Friends Service Committee
To read reports from
the delegation, click below on the report numbers, 1 to 7.
learn more about the American Friends Service Committee and
it's work on Israel-Palestine, see:
After the delegation,
Scott Kennedy visited Gaza for a couple of days. To read his
reports from Gaza click here.
2006 Interfaith Peace-Builders