Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision Tour
Friday, April 2nd 2004 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Washington, District of Columbia
Jerusalem Women Speak:
Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision
Three women ? Christian, Muslim, and Jewish ? who are
living the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict will share their experiences and hopes for a
They are mothers, daughters, wives, and grandmothers.
They have suffered loss of life, homes, businesses and
are all exposed to random violence.
In spite of this, these three women who have never met
are willing to travel together on a national speaking
tour for 17 days (March 17-April 2) to talk about the
situation they face. They are here to demonstrate
that peace is possible between Palestinians and
Israelis despite the ongoing violence
This is a unique opportunity to hear the personal side
of this painful conflict from women whose lives have
been shaped by the ongoing violence and occupation.
* Nahla Assali, Muslim Palestinian, Age 65,
Co-founder and Chair of Project Loving Care
* Dr. Nuha Khoury, Christian Palestinian, Age 41,
Deputy Director of Dar al-Kalima Academy
* Michal Sagi, Jewish Israeli, Age 35, Member of
Interviews, talk show appearances, and community
presentations are currently being scheduled. They may
be arranged by contacting Partners for Peace.
Partners for Peace is an NGO based in Washington, DC.
Its mission is to help bring about a just and lasting
solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is
its seventh tour since 1998.
Washington, DC - Wednesday, March 17
Charlottesville, Virginia - Thursday, March 18
Lynchburg, Virginia - Friday, March 19
Charlotte, North Carolina - Saturday-Monday, March
Atlanta, Georgia - Tuesday-Wednesday, March 23-24
Birmingham, Alabama - Thursday-Friday, March 25-26
Asheville, NC - Saturday-Monday morning, March 27-29
Greensboro, NC ? Monday, March 29
Raleigh, NC ? Tuesday, March 30
Richmond, VA - Wednesday-Thursday, March 31-April 1
Washington, DC - Friday, April 2
Muslim Palestinian Participant
A Muslim Palestinian, Nahla Assali was born in West
Jerusalem in 1938. In 1948, after the Deir Yassin
massacre, her father sent the family to live in
Damascus. They were never allowed to return to their
original home in West Jerusalem. She is a refugee
registered with the United Nations.
Ms. Assali received her BA in English Literature from
the American University of Beirut and her MA from
Indiana State University. She recently retired from
Birzeit University?s Department of English Language
and Literature after working for more than 25 years as
a lecturer. She lives in Beit Hanina between Ramallah
and East Jerusalem.
Ms. Assali works for children?s rights in her position
as co-founder and chair of Project Loving Care, a
child sponsorship program initiated in 1968. Ms.
Assali is also co-founder and chair of the Saraya
Centre for Community Services, which provides training
for women and informal education for children.
She writes, "What we actually need is a ?fair hand? to
take hold of Ariadne?s thread and unravel all the
complexities of the situation."
Christian Palestinian Participant
Dr. Nuha Khoury
A Christian Palestinian, Dr. Nuha Khoury was born in
Jerusalem and lives and works today in Bethlehem. Her
family?s roots date back to the early Christian
community in Palestine. She is the Deputy Director of
the Dar al-Kalima Academy, where she administers
programs, raises funds, and gives lectures to visiting
groups on the current political situation, Islamic
history, and Palestinian women.
Dr. Khoury received her PhD in Islamic History from
the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1996. Between
1997 and 1999 she taught at Bethlehem University.
Dr. Khoury is a member of the Synod of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Palestine and Jordan and a church
elder at the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem.
She organized and ran the Palestinian area studies
section of the Friends World Program at the Middle
East Center in Jerusalem.
Her father died tragically in January of 2004 when he
was denied passage past a checkpoint on the way to the
hospital because he did not hold a "sickness permit"
to attest to his massive heart attack. Even his
American passport was not able to get him to a
Jerusalem hospital. She notes that her father?s story
"is only one among hundreds of thousands of stories."
Jewish Israeli Participant
A Jewish Israeli, Michal Sagi is the daughter of
Israeli-born parents of European descent. She was
raised in Haifa and currently lives in Jerusalem.
For the past seven years, Ms. Sagi has worked at
Melitz, an organization providing informal educational
services to Israelis and Diaspora Jews. For seven
years prior, Ms. Sagi worked at the Jewish Agency for
Israel to promote solidarity in the Jewish community
throughout the world.
Last year Ms. Sagi participated in the
Palestinian-Israeli delegation for dialogue,
"Nonviolent Women Leadership," sponsored by the U.S.
State Department and the British government.
Ms. Sagi is actively involved with Checkpoint Watch, a
women?s human rights monitoring group which reports on
its observations at Israeli military and police
checkpoints in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
She writes, "I am going out to the checkpoint to
protest and to show both Palestinians and Israelis
that there is a different voice calling to keep human
rights and remove checkpoints."
Georgetown University, White Gravenor Building, Room 311 Washington District of Columbia
Co-sponsored by Georgetown Center for Contemporary Arab Studies