Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Join IFPB African Heritage Delegation to Palestine/Israel

In 2011 Interfaith Peace-Builders, a US Campaign member group, sent their first ever African Heritage Delegation to Israel/Palestine. Based on its success and the feedback from the 14 participants, they will send another African Heritage Delegation from October 21-November 3, 2012

Your on the ground experience will enrich your understanding of the conflict as you meet courageous Israelis and Palestinians working for peace and justice, and witness the current realities of life in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Participants on IFPB delegations return to North America energized and transformed. 

Apply today to learn directly from Israelis and Palestinians, be an eyewitness to the reality of the occupation, support those working for peace, and enrich your education and advocacy efforts in your home community. 

IFPB combines experienced leaders from the US with professional multilingual guides from Israel/Palestine who bring a range of knowledge, perspectives, and expertise. 

The delegation leaders are: 

Darryl Jordan has been an organizer for more than 30 years, working on issues of hunger and food security, neighborhood security, voter education, peace, justice, apartheid, immigration, union/labor, health and political empowerment. He is immediate past director of the American Friends Service Committee’s Third World Coalition. During his organizing life, Darryl has had the benefit of learning from many activists, community leaders and organizers, and tries to incorporate all that he has learned in his work. He currently sits on the Interfaith Peace-Builders Board of Directors. Prior to joining the Board, Darryl co-led the people of color delegation IFPB co-sponsored with the Third World Coalition in 2008 and served on the ad-hoc organizing committee for the African Heritage Delegation in 2011. 

Huwaida Arraf is a Palestinian with American and Israeli citizenship. She holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor from the American University Washington College of Law, where she focused her studies on international human rights and humanitarian law. In 2001 Huwaida co- founded the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She previously taught at the Human Rights Law Clinic at Al- Quds University in Jerusalem (the first legal clinic in the Arab World) and was one of the organizers of a delegation of American lawyers to Gaza in February 2009. Huwaida has led 5 successful sea voyages to the Gaza Strip and was one of the primary organizers of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla which was lethally attacked by Israeli forces in May 2010.  She was also a member of the Palestinian Freedom Riders, challenging segregated bus lines in the West Bank during a November 2011 action. 

Cost and Logistics

The cost of this delegation is $2100 + round-trip international airfare. Interfaith Peace-Builders and our partners and allies are doing fundraising in the hope that we can offer some participants financial help to make the delegation possible. 

Space is limited, apply today at
www.ifpb.org/africanheritage/applications.html. Applications due August 15.

Contact IFPB at 202-244-0821 and/or office@ifpb.org for more information.