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Temple Sha’arey Shalom Hosts “Two State Solution” Conversation

By on Mar 14 2013.
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Temple Sha'arey Shalom

Temple Sha’arey Shalom

This Friday, March 15, 2013 after a streamlined Erev Shabbat service at 8 p.m., Temple Sha’arey Shalom is opening their doors to the community for a conversation entitled “Two State Solution” featuring guest speakers Ori Nir, spokesman for Americans for Peace Now, and Ghaith Al-Omari, Executive Director at the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP).  The dialogue will be facilitated by Rabbi Ari Rosenberg and there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

The following is a copy of the Press Release:

TEMPLE SHAAREY SHALOM HAS SPECIAL TWO STATE SOLUTION SPEAKERS

Springfield, N.J. (March 1, 2013) Temple Sha’arey Shalom of Springfield invites the community to a special Shabbat on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 8pm. Following a streamlined Erev Shabbat service, the Temple will present a conversation about a“Two State Solution” featuring guest speakers Ori Nir, spokesman for Americans for Peace Now, and Ghaith Al-Omari, Executive Director at the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP). These two men come together from two sides to mutually promote a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Rabbi Ari Rosenberg will facilitate the dialogue and then open it up to a Q&A with the audience. A dessert Oneg will follow the presentation. ALL ARE WELCOME.

Rabbi Ari Rosenberg said “The majority of Americans, Israelis and Palestinians support a Two-State solution in Israel. The Torah commands us to ‘seek peace and pursue it’ (PS 34:14). And it was Theodore Herzl, who said, ‘If you will it, it is no dream.’ I am expecting this event to be the antidote to the apathy that is satisfying so many with a sub-standard status quo in Israel. It will be an uplifting opportunity to engage with an Israeli and a Palestinian who share a vision of a realistic way in which Jews and Arabs can live side by side in peace, prosperity and security.”

Ori Nir is the spokesman for Americans for Peace Now. Prior to his work at APN, Ori worked for Haaretz Daily, Israel’s leading newspaper, where he covered Palestinian affairs and Israel’s Arab minority. He also served as Haaretz’s Washington bureau chief and later as its US West Coast correspondent. Mr. Nir was also the Washington Bureau Chief for the Forward, America’s largest and most influential independent national Jewish weekly newspaper. Born and raised in Jerusalem, he is fluent in Hebrew and Arabic. (http://peacenow.org/people/ori-nir.html).
Ghaith Al-Omari is Executive Director at the American Task Force on Palestine(ATFP). Prior to that, he served in various positions within the Palestinian Authority, including Director of the International Relations Department in the Office of the Palestinian President, and advisor to former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas. In these capacities, he provided advice on foreign policy — especially vis-à-vis the United States and Israel — and security. He has extensive experience in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, having been an advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team throughout the permanent status negotiations (1999–2001). In that capacity, he participated in various negotiating rounds, most notably the Camp David summit and the Taba talks. After the breakdown of the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, he was the lead Palestinian drafter of the Geneva Initiative, an unofficial model peace agreement negotiated between leading Palestinian and Israeli public figures. Mr. al-Omari is a lawyer by training and a graduate of Georgetown and Oxford universities. Prior to his involvement in the Middle East peace process, he taught international law in Jordan and was active in human rights advocacy. (http://www.americantaskforce.org/staff/ghaith_alomari).



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