2 REPORTS: IEA Report on Documentary screening and WIE April meetings
- Dear Interfaith Friends,
1. IEA sponsored premiere screening of the Documentary film "PEACE X
PEACE: Women on the Frontlines".
We had an very successful screening at the Jerusalem Cinemateque on
April 13. Lia Van Leer introduced the film to a packed and enthusiastic
audience. The film showed women in Burundi, Kosovo, Argentina, and Kabul
doing powerful and significant work to build peace in their troubled
situations. One of the featured women in the film, Susan Collin Marks, of
Search for Common Ground, was in attendance. Yehuda Stolov, the Director of
the IEA, gave a brief welcome. Patricia Smith Melton, the Director or the
film and founder of PEACE X PEACE (website: www.peacexpeace.org), answered
questions about the film and the role of women in building peace in the
world. The film will be screened in the U.S. on PBS on Friday, June 11 at
10 p.m EST, following the Bill Moyers NOW show.
2. Women's Interfaith Encounter April meetings.
Jerusalem WIE, April 14: Patricia Smith, Founder of PEACE X PEACE,
conducted many meetings presenting her Global Network -- an internet system
connecting women's groups here with women's groups in the U.S. At the
Jerusalem WIE meeting she showed her short video -- "Circles of Peace"
showing how women in Kabul and Burundi are already connected to circles of
women in the U.S. She offered to connect the Women's Interfaith group with
a group of interfaith women in the U.S. who could support and expand our
activities. Suheir mentioned that she was very upset because on the way to
the meeting, her neighbor had complained to her that her son had been
arrested and jailed without being charged and the lawyers had been able to
get him released. Some women suggested possible agencies to help them. We
offered prayers from the three religions for the release of captives. We
were all treated to a display of the Healing Quilt made by a group of
Israeli, Palestinian, and International women and consisting of 72
interlocking pieces in a beautiful, moving and colorful design. The beauty
and richness and excitement of all the pieces in such a harmonious pattern
is a symbol and a comfort to us in our struggles. Patricia offered to
connect the Healing Quilt women with a group of women quilters in the U.S.
who could help get our quilt shown and out into the world.
Northern WIE, April 15: In the meeting at the home of Siham Halabi,
our Druze coordinator, in Daliat HaCarmel, she was treated to Druze cuisine,
danced the debka, and enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of the Druze women
and Ibtisam Mahameed, our Northern coordinator. She offered to connect all
of our various groups in the North with appropriate and relevant women's
groups in the U.S. to further our work. The Druze women are studying
English and were attracted to the possibility to practice with American
women. Elana Rozenman will be the coordinator for the Peace X Peace Global
Network to facilitate the connection of Israeli womens groups with U.S.
groups. We look forward to a productive collaboration between the two
So in the midst of all the difficulties we are all experiencing, we
persevere to find ways to build peace, tolerance, and understanding among
ourselves -- and to support others who share our goals.
Women's Interfaith Encounter
Interfaith Encounter Association
The Interfaith Encounter Association
P.O.Box 3814, Jerusalem 91037, Israel
Sr. Karmela Farrugia, Chair
Sheikh Muhammad Kiwan, Vice-Chair
Mr. Shlomo Alon, Vice-chair
Sheikh Ali Birani
Rabbi Dov Maimon
Ms. Ibtisam Mahamid
Deacon Eng. Jirias Mansour
Sheikh Tawfiq Salama
Dr. Yehuda Stolov, Director
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