TRENTON – For anyone who has experienced suffering, fear or anger with a neighbour, the never-ending strife in the Middle East is not so bewildering as it seems from perpetual coverage in the media.
People of all ages will hear a candid and intimate perspective on the complexities of the conflict between Israelis and the Palestinians on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at First United Church, 81 High Street, Trenton, sponsored by the United Church of Canada.
Jewish professors, married couple Dr. Larry and Dr. Judy Haiven, with experience on the ground in the Holy Land, will speak from their long history of active support for peace in Israel/Palestine. The one hour presentation will occupy one hour beginning at 4 p.m. The free event will feature audio-visual aids relating to their trips to Israel and Palestine.
In May 2009, the Haivens and their two sons participated in a study tour of Israel and the West Bank. The Haivens will report on the treatment of Palestinians under occupation on the West Bank and the lesser known situation of Palestinian citizens of Israel. Judy and Larry Haiven (now retired) are professors associated with the Sobey School of Management at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. Both Jews, they have been active in the struggle for a just peace in Israel/Palestine for many years. They are currently members of Independent Jewish Voices – Canada.
The Haivens will examine the assertion that it is anti-Semitic to criticize Israel. The question will be addressed: “Is it anti-Semitic to defend Palestinian human rights?” Freedom of speech will be related in terms of the avowed principles of democracy on which Israel was founded in 1948.
This is an opportunity to hear the Israeli-Palestinian impasse discussed knowledgeably by Jewish speakers who can relate to the issues first hand. The speakers bring humour and informality to their profoundly insightful exploration of issues that create so much suffering in the Middle East. For those who wish to return after a brief interval, the presentation and conversations continue from 6:15 until 8 p.m., again with the Haivens as presenters.
The general public is invited. For more information call the church office at (902) 752-7813. The event is sponsored by the Pictou Presbytery of The United Church of Canada.