Peace Conference in Jerusalem: Kamal Nawash & Doron Tzur

Join us for a Real Peace Conference in Jerusalem
September 15, 2011
Kamal Nawash & Doron Tzur

More than a year ago, the Free Muslims Coalition was contacted by Israelis and Palestinians who requested that we help them formulate a plan for establishing a federation between Israel and Palestine. We responded by creating the Task Force on Israel/Palestine. We joined forces with established partners such as Yehuda Schwartz and Doron Tzur. Kamal Nawash and Doron Tzur serve as co-chairs of the Task Force with many other prominent Israeli and Palestinian activists joining the Task Force.

After more than a year of hard work we have completed one proposal that we think could be a reasonable proposal for a shared future. The proposal is a skeletal starting piece that will evolve alongside other proposals based on constructive feedback from Israeli and Palestinian groups whose make up is representative of the larger population.

The proposal is being published to coincide with the Palestinian Authority’s plan to seek recognition for statehood from the United Nations and Israel’s opposition to such a move. Despite the heightened tensions between the governments, we witness an increasing number of Israelis and Palestinians who want to work together for a better future.

The Task Force includes Jews, Christians and Muslims from the left and the right, whether religious or secular. The next step is a conference in Jerusalem where a group of Israelis and Palestinians will discuss this proposal on equal footings with other submitted proposals for the way forward. Based on the feedback from the participants in the conference the proposals will improve and then be presented to larger audiences to empower Israelis and Palestinians to actively participate in resolving the 100 year conflict.

As we are organizing for the conference in Jerusalem this December, we need your support. We want to hire translators to translate from English, Arabic and Hebrew, a conference room, video broadcasting and recording, meals and travelling expenses for participants and a special web allowing people to participate online. We need your help. This effort is expensive so please donate at:http://www.freemuslims.org/support/donate.php. If the link does not work, go directly to the website: http://www.freemuslims.org.

Please read the proposal here http://www.freemuslims.org. Let us know if you support it and make detailed suggestions to improve it.

Give us your input on our website or become a member of our face book group: Free Muslims Coalition’s Task Force on Israel/Palestine: here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/israelpalestine/#!/groups/israelpalestine/?notif_t=group_activity

For More information, contact Kamal Nawash, 202-776-7190 (USA), media@freemuslims.org, http://www.freemuslims.org and Doron Tzur 011-972-544-287322 (Israel) ideonea@gmail.com

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Howie Gardner has been pastor of Bel Air Assembly of God in Bel Air, Maryland since 1987. He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and has done graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, United Theological Seminary and ORU's Graduate school of Theology. He is the author of two books; "Oral Exam" (originally titled "Oral Roberts in the Eyes of One of His Students") and "The Church and Terri Schiavo." Gardner is a three time cancer survivor and, as recorded in "Church & Terri" has had a "clinical death" experience and a personal glimpse of the other side" He is quite an active distance runner with a number of awards; most recently a bronze medal in the Senior Olympics. Howie and his wife Angie have three children: daughter Lindsey (whose bone marrow donation spared his life) and twin boys Bernie and David. They live in Bel Air.
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