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223rd GA, St. Louis, MO

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Saturday, June 16
TALK: "Palestine is Our Home" - Author Reflection and Book Signing - 12:45-1:45p
Visit our booth to hear Palestine Is Our Home author, editor, and Palestinian Presbyterian, Nahida Halaby Gordon, reflect on compiling these first hand testimonies. Weaving together chapters on the liberation art of Palestine with the origins of the traditional Palestinian costume, Gordon brings a deeply personal take in "Palestine is Our Home," available for purchase in the assembly bookstor

TALK:  "The Myth of Citizenship: The Unequal Treatment of Palestinian Citizens of Israel” - 4-5 p 
One in five Israeli citizens is Palestinian. Israel, defined as the Jewish state, has no fewer than 50 laws that discriminate against Palestinians who are citizens. Israeli basic law privileges the rights of Jewish nationals from across the globe over the rights of non-Jews living in Israel. Sandra Tamari, Director of Strategic Partnerships with the Adalah Justice Project, will give a talk on the status of Palestinian citizens of Israel and how the Church overture calling for equality in Israel is a vote for freedom, dignity and justice.
 
Sunday, June 17
TALK: "Just Travel" - 1:30-2:30p
Guided by the practices set out by the Alternative Tourism Network, we will delve into what it is like to consider justice in the very planning of pilgrimages to the Holy Land. Going on a trip soon with your church? Interested in planning a trip to the Holy land that achieves a balance between the revenues of the Palestinian and Israeli tourism sectors by using Palestinian infrastructure (hotels, restaurants, transportation, guides, etc.)? Come to our booth to learn more about the practice of just travel.
 
TALK: Co-Editor Talk on Why Palestine Matters, The Struggle To End Colonialism - 3-4p
IPMN’s new book, Why Palestine Matters, The Struggle To End Colonialism, contextualizes the liberation of Palestinian people within other global justice struggles. Theologian Walter Brueggemann describes it as calling us “to a new awareness that carries with it a mandate to policies and actions that bespeak compassion and embody restorative justice.” Commissioners: visit our booth for a free copy!
 
IPMN Social - fellowship for IPMN friends & family - 5-7 p - RSVP event - rsvp needed by friday 6/15
 
Monday, June 18
IPMN Luncheon, 11:30a-1p at Marriott Grand Hotel
TALK: P is for Palestine - Speaker Dr. Golbarg Bashi, is the author of P is for Palestine: A Palestine Alphabet Book, published to critical acclaim in November 2017. Dr. Bashi received her doctoral degree from Columbia University, NYC, in 2010. For over a decade, she has designed and taught interdisciplinary courses on various aspects of medieval and modern history of the Near East, Islamic Art, Critical Methodologies in Middle Eastern Studies, Comparative Human Rights, Gender in the Muslim World, and Representations of Race, Gender and Ethnicity in "Western" Media and Popular Culture. After a full-time academic career, Dr. Bashi is now focused on diversifying children's media and empowering children from underrepresented and marginalized countries.
 
TALK: "Starting with my congregation: how do I get my church to be HP-Free?" - 4-5p
HP is commonly known for its brand of computers, printers, and ink cartridges, but due to the role HP companies play in the illegal occupation of Palestine and violations of Palestinian human rights, the PC(USA) divested from HP enterprises at the 221st General Assembly (2014). Join Rochelle Watson, national organizer for Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), at this talk-in about how to engage your individual congregation in this issue.
 
Tuesday, June 19
Protest Sign-Making Party - 9a-3p  In connection with the larger assembly’s Hands and Feet outing today, visit the IPMN booth today anytime from 9-3p today to talk with the activists there and make a protest sign! Sign materials provided.
 
TALK: "Hosting Apartheid: Engagement & Sanctioning Airbnb" - LUNCH (12-1p)
Airbnb is profiting from Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian land and facilitating settlement activity. Should we be part of or disassociate ourselves from the Airbnb community? How can we respond?
 
TALK: "Why Palestine Matters" - 4-5p
IPMN’s new book, Why Palestine Matters, The Struggle To End Colonialism, contextualizes the liberation of Palestinian people within other global justice struggles. Theologian Walter Brueggemann describes it as calling us "to a new awareness that carries with it a mandate to policies and actions that bespeak compassion and embody restorative justice." Commissioners: visit our booth for a free copy!
 
Wednesday, June 20
TALK: "Starting with my congregation: how do I get my church to be HP-Free?" - LUNCH (12-1p)
HP is commonly known for its brand of computers, printers, and ink cartridges, but due to the role HP companies play in the illegal occupation of Palestine and violations of Palestinian human rights, the PC(USA) divested from HP enterprises at the 221st General Assembly (2014). Join Rochelle Watson, national organizer for Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), at this talk-in about how to engage your individual congregation in this issue.
 
Date/Time, TBD
TALK: “Defending the right and moral obligation to boycott as economic witness for Palestinian rights” - In recent months, the local St. Louis community helped defeat state legislation aimed at suppressing the freedom of Missouri businesses to end their complicity in Israel's violations of Palestinian rights through boycotts. The 223rd General Assembly is considering overture [12-01] to challenge similar repression. Come hear how and why Missouri residents fought for their constitutionally-protected right to engage in these time-honored, nonviolent tactics of boycotts, divestment, sanctions (BDS) as an act of economic witness for advancing freedom, justice, and equality for the Palestinian people.
 
 
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