Feb. 18-22: Palestinian Speaking Tour-Venues Needed in Chicagoland
- The International Solidarity Movement (www.palsolidarity.org ) is
currently seeking venues in the Chicago area for our 2007 Palestinian
speaking tour between Sunday-February 18 and Thursday-February 22.
We are seeking appearances at: churches, universities, high schools,
organizational meetings, temples, mosques and media appearances.
Please contact the Chicago chapter of ISM at: ISMinChicago@... or
773-489-3505 for scheduling opportunities. We are hoping that each
appearance will be able to raise a minimum of $3-400.00 to cover tour
costs but fees are negotiable. It is preferred that all scheduled
events allow both speakers to appear together.
This tour had been scheduled for October of 2006 but had to be
postponed. Both speakers now have their visas and the tour is on for
Organizations, churches and mosques are needed as co-sponsors for the
2007 Nonviolent Resistance in Palestine speaking tour. We are
requesting a minimum donation of $25.00 from groups willing to serve
as co-sponsors and a commitment to publicize the tour.
If you can make a financial contribution to support this speaking
tour on the nonviolent resistance to Israel's illegal occupation of
Palestine, please send your check or money order to: ISM-Chicago,
P.O. Box 220685, Chicago, IL 60622
Mohammed Khatib is a leading member of Bil'in's Popular Committee
Against the Wall and the Secretary of Bil'in's Village Council.
Mohammed has been a principle organizer of Bil'in's year and a half
long, creative, nonviolent struggle to prevent the construction of
Israel's Wall on Bil'in's land and to block the expansion of
neighboring illegal Israeli settlements. Mr. Khatib has frequently
been arrested and wounded by the Israeli military for participating
in nonviolent protests.
Mohammed is quoted frequently in the Palestinian, Israeli and
international media. His writing has been published in The
International Herald Tribune
The Seattle Post Intelligencer
(http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/233676_arab24.html). he has
spoken in Europe on the Palestinian popular, non-violent struggle
against Israeli occupation.
Firyal Abu Haikal recently retired after 11 years as the headmistress
at the Kortuba School in the heart of Hebron's old city. The Kortuba
school serves 100 Palestinian children in grades 1- 10. Hebron's old
city is a center for some of the most extreme Israeli settlers, who
regularly use violence against Palestinian residents in an effort to
drive them from their homes and community. By continuing to function
despite continual attacks by Israeli settlers and soldiers on
students and staff, the school has serves as a model of nonviolent
resistance to Israeli occupation.
A lifelong resident of Tel Rumeida, and a mother of eleven children,
Firyal and her family have remained in their home despite efforts by
settlers to take over their land and home. Armed settlers and
soldiers frequently enter the fenced land surrounding her family's
home. Firyal and all members of her family have been attacked and
harassed by settlers, and her husband and sons arrested by the Israel
military, simply for insisting on remaining in their homes.