Conference 2014

Southeast Conference on Israel & Palestine

Was held Saturday, September 27, 2014
from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

 Trinity Presbyterian Church
3003 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
[Note: there are two churches in Atlanta with this name.
Be sure you are going to the one on Howell Mill Rd.]

Organized by:
Joining Hands For Justice in Israel & Palestine
Partnership of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta

Invite Your Friends!!!



Laila El-Haddad, author and journalist.
Laila is the author of Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between and co-author of The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey, is a talented blogger, political analyst, social activist, and parent-of-three from Gaza City. She is also a contributing author toThe Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict, and a policy advisor with al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. She received her BA from Duke University and her MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Twitter: @GazaMom

Ilise Cohen Ph.D., Chair of the Atlanta chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace and Interfaith Peace Builders.
Jewish Voice for Peace: Liberation and Justice. Ilise is a long time scholar-activist on the Middle East, particularly on Israel/Palestine and has her Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology focused on an ethnography of Mizrahi Jews and their experiences of war and eviction in Israel in 2006/2007. Ilise teaches undergraduate level courses in Jewish issues, Judaism and Hebrew and post-graduate courses on international social policies, identity and diversity at Smith College-School for Social Work, Agnes Scott College, Georgia State University and formerly at Emory University.

Rania Khalek, Journalist with the Electronic Intifada.
The ways in which Israel’s methods and weapons of domination and control over Palestinians are exported to other countries as a part of Israel’s booming homeland security industry. Rania is an independent journalist reporting on the underclass and marginalized. She is a regular contributor to The Electronic Intifada, Truthout and FAIR. Her work has also appeared at Al Jazeera America, The Nation, Salon, AlterNet and more. You can follow her work at her website Dispatches from the Underclass and on Twitter @RaniaKhalek

Ramah Kudaimi, U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
The global BDS movement for Palestinian Rights: What is the current state of affairs and what can you do to take part. Ramah has worked at several grassroots activist organizations including CODEPINK, the Washington Peace Center, and the Arab American Action Network. She has a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University. Her writing has been published by Al Jazeera English, The Progressive, Truthout, and more. Twitter: @RamahKudaimi

85e1c4755fbaab2ac00ff105d0fa47f7Azadeh Shahshahani is a human rights attorney based in Atlanta and President of the National Lawyers Guild. In May 2014, Shahshahani joined an NLG delegation to the West Bank on the situation of Palestinian political prisoners. Shahshahani has also been on other delegations to the Middle East, including to post-revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia. Shahshahani writes frequently on US foreign policy and domestic civil liberties issues for publications such as the Huffington Post, Aljazeera America, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Read her latest article and follow her on Twitter @ashahshahani

Other Speakers Include:

Alaa Obeid– Environmental Scientist

Adam Horowitz – Co-Editor of

Dr. Elizabeth Corrie – Emory University, Candler School of Theology Assistant, Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding and Director of the Youth Theological Initiative. Cousin of Rachel Corrie.


Laila El-Haddad – The Destruction of Gaza… again.

Rania Khalek – The ways in which Israel’s methods and weapons of domination and control over Palestinians are exported to other countries as a part of Israel’s booming homeland security industry.

Ramah Kudaimi – The global BDS movement for Palestinian Rights: What is the current state of affairs and what can you do to take part.

Ilise Cohen Ph.D. – Introduction to the conflict in Palestine.

Azadeh Shahshahani – Report on the Situation of Political Prisoners.

Alaa Obeid – The Environmental Effects of Occupation: Water Supply and Treatment.

Adam Horowitz – Why You Should Bookmark Mondoweiss.Net



Mainstream Media Bias and Independent Journalism

     Adam Horowitz and Rania Khalek

Palestinian Cooking: The Gaza Kitchen

     Laila El-Haddad

Jewish Voice for Peace: Liberation and Justice

     Ilise Cohen Ph.D.

Kairos USA Curriculum for Peace Studies

     Elizabeth Corrie Ph.D.


Tickets and Registration

PLEASE REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 26th IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND – It greatly helps us in determining the amount of food to purchase. Thanks!

Tickets are $30.00 or $15.00 for students. Price includes light bagels/doughnut breakfast and lunch buffet catered by Mediterranean Grill.

Payment at the door may be made with Cash, Check or Credit Card. You may also pre-pay online using PayPal or by mailing a check.

You can register by snail-mail by downloading and printing THIS FORM and mailing it in with a check. Or you can fill out the following form online. If you choose to pay by PayPal please use the same email address on this form that you use for PayPal. Print your PayPal receipt and bring it with you to the door:


This event is produced by volunteers but there are costs involved, travel and other expenses for the speakers, food, etc. We rely on tickets to offset this expense. However we know that not everyone can afford to buy a ticket. Scholarships are available to those with financial need, please email to request financial assistance. DEADLINE FOR SCHOLARSHIP REQUESTS is SEPTEMBER 26th.





Organizations Represented at the Conference:


Students for Justice in Palestine – Georgia State University

Students for Justice in Palestine – Oglethorpe University

InterFaith Peace-Builders






The Southeastern Conference on Israel and Palestine 2014 will be held on September 27th at Trinity Presbyterian Church: 3003 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327.  GOOGLE MAP

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