2017 Conference

The schedule for the 2017 Conference is below. Speaker bios are linked from within.

50 Years Too Long: A CMEP Advocacy Event

June 2017 marks 50 years of the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, an occupation which threatens the security of Israel and imposes harsh burdens on the Palestinian people.

Hosted by Churches for Middle East Peace, “50 Years Too Long” is an advocacy summit for American Christians to gather, learn, and advocate for constructive ways to pursue a just and sustainable peace in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt).

Participants will learn how to advocate for an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza and put that learning into practice by visiting government representatives to promote a solution that advances security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians.

Sunday, June 4

5 pm – 6:30 pm (Doors Open at 4:30 pm)

Location: Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church (900 Massachusetts Avenue NW, D.C.)

 Keynote Address

Honorable George Mitchell and Alon Sachar: A PATH TO PEACE: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East

Monday, June 5

Doors Open at 8:30 am

Location: Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church (900 Massachusetts Avenue NW, D.C.)

9 am: Keynote Address

Rabbi Roos,  Senior Rabbi at Temple Sinai in Washington, D.C.

10 am: Panel: Christian Perspectives: Christians in the Region, Theological Perspectives, and American Responses

Jim Zogby, President of Arab American Institute

Josh Vis, Church Engagement Facilitator, Reformed Church in America

Dale Hanson Bourke, Author of Skeptics Guide to the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

11:30 am: Realities on the Ground

Chelsey Berlin, Director of B’Tselem USA

Raed Jarrar, Government Relations Manager at American Friends Service Committee

12:15 pm: Lunch on your own

1:45 pm: Stories of Hope

Yousef Bashir, Legislative Fellow, Office of Senator Bernie Sanders

Manal Omar, Associate Vice President for the Middle East and Africa Center, United States Institute of Peace

3:15 pm: Panel: Domestic Activism: Intersectionality with U.S. Based Movements

Andrea Smith, Associate Professor at University of California, Riverside.

Lisa Sharon Harper, Chief Church Engagement Officer at Sojourners

Brad Parker, Attorney and International Advocacy Officer at Defense for Children International – Palestine

4:30 pm: Keynote Address

Dr. Husam S. Zomlot, Chief Representative of The PLO General Delegation To The United States

Tuesday, June 6:

Doors Open at 8:30 am.

Location: Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church (900 Massachusetts Avenue NW, D.C.)

9 am: Advocacy Training

Jessica Pollock-Kim, Director of Legislative Affairs, Churches for Middle East Peace

Kyle Cristofalo, Director of Advocacy and Development, Churches for Middle East Peace

10:15 am: Panel: Power of Effective Advocacy

Craig Swandby, Senior Advocacy Associate at World Vision

Hady Amr, Nonresident Senior Fellow – Foreign Policy, Brookings

Lara Friedman, President of Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP)

11:15 am: Lunch on your own, transition to Capitol Hill

1 pm – 4 pm:  Congressional Meetings – location and directions will be provided

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Closing Session and Prayer Service (Location on The National Mall – specifics will be provided)