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In its resolution A/68/12, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 2014 the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (http://unispal.un.org/unispal.nsf/solidarity.htm).

In support of the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel will hold a one Teach-In entitled Engaging for Justice: Solidarity with the Palestinian People at the Northfield United Methodist Church, 1401 Maple Street, Northfield. Teach-In attendees will learn about events that led to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, day-to-day conditions for the Palestinian people and prospects for a just peace.  It is our hope that the presentations will bring a new sense of insight and critical awareness to the understanding of issues in Palestine and Israel.

Keynote speakers for the Teach-In will be Daoud Nassar of Tent of Nations and Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.  Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian Christian farmer, is Director of the Tent of Nations Project on his family farm, 6 kilometers from Bethlehem.   His one hundred acre farm is surrounded on three sides by Israeli Settlements, and below by the Palestinian village of Nehalin.   It is on this farm that the family strives to maintain a haven of peace and brother / sisterhood.  Dr. Jeff Halper is the Co-founder and Director of ICAHD, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. He was born in 1946 in Hibbing, Minnesota, attended Macalester College and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and emigrated to Israel in 1973. Since then he has been a tireless advocate for justice and civil rights for all Israelis and Palestinians. He co-founded ICAHD in 1997 to help resist Israel’s strategy of house demolitions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

The event begins with registration at 9am and will finish at 4pm.   The cost for the day is $40 (vegetarian lunch included) and $10 for students (vegetarian lunch included).  Scholarships are available —  please contact Jenny Hartley at info@njpmn.org for scholarship information.  Registration for specific workshops will take place on the day of the Teach-In.

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