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Interfaith Peace-Builders and the Resource Center for Nonviolence Delegation Arrives in Israel/Palestine


November 2, 2010 - Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) and the Resource Center for Nonviolence are pleased to announce that our 26 member delegation to Israel/Palestine arrived at Ben-Gurion airport Tuesday morning and is now safely in Jerusalem.

The purpose of this delegation, the 35th to make the trip since 2001, is to educate North Americans about the region and deepen their understanding of its conflicts.

The delegation focuses on the Palestinian olive harvest which takes place each autumn. The olive harvest is an occasion of particular cultural and economic importance for Palestinian communities and a time when tensions between Israeli settlers and Palestinian residents of the West Bank run high.

As voters head to the polls on election day in the United States, the US-brokered peace process continues to show few results and US military aid to the region continues to flow unabated. Participants on this delegation have the unique opportunity to hear directly from Palestinians and Israelis regarding their hopes for peace and the role of the US government in promoting a resolution to the conflict.


A photo of the delegates at orientation in Washington, DC.

The delegation includes the following people:

Audrey Bockelman - Harrisonville, Missouri
David Briones - Watkinsville, Georgia
Jean Carr - Ludlow, Vermont
Jim Clune - Binghamton, New York
Patrice Cohen - Cumming, Georgia
Ilise Cohen - Decatur, Georgia
Lenore Doran - Berkeley, California
Terry Doran - Berkeley, California
Charlotte Harrison - Phoenix, Arizona
Wendy Hartley - Nevada City, California
Ann Hayles - Raymore, Missouri
Jeannine Herron - San Rafael, California
Tom Johnson - Osceola, Missouri
Syrtiller Kabat - Lee's Summit, Missouri
Scott Kennedy - Santa Cruz, California
Peggy Love - Rock Island, Washington
Alex Matzke - Lincoln, Nebraska
Joe McGuire - Omemee, Ontario
Susanne Methven - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Richard Moss - Watsonville, California
Susannah Nachenberg - Ventura, California (not pictured)
Johanna Silverthorne - San Jose, California
Wesley Silverthorne - Santa Rosa, California
Christiane Silverthorne - Santa Rosa, California
Rudy Simons - Berkley, Michigan
Deppen Webber - Rohnert Park, California

In addition to the reports linked from this page, IFPB delegation participants may be blogging about their experiences. Like the trip reports posted here, individual blogs reflect the views of delegation participants only, and not necessarily Interfaith Peace-Builders or the American Friends Service Committee.

Blogs by delegation members:

•Alex Matzke's PhotoBlog

Interfaith Peace-Builders believes in the power of eye-witness experience and transformation. Given the opportunity to speak directly with Israelis and Palestinians, delegates return to the United States better informed, more energized, and with a deeper understanding of the possibilities for true justice in the Middle East.

Upon their return to the United States, delegates will share their experiences with the public, the media, and their political representatives.

Media interested in interviewing the participants when they return, and groups wanting information about speaking engagements, should contact Interfaith Peace-Builders at office@ifpb.org or 202.244.0821.


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