People of Manhattan and the surrounding area have the opportunity to come together to explore prospects for peace surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in our new political climate.

On April 19th Manhattan Mennonite Church, will be hosting the Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace Tour at the Ecumenical Campus Ministry, 904 Sunset Avenue, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM.

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The event features Jewish and Palestinian peacemakers who will provide diverse perspectives on Israel-Palestine. They will also invite participants to take part in a shared vision of what Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews need to live free, dignified and whole lives in the land.

Laura Tillem, (Wichita) will present on behalf of Jewish Voice for Peace and the Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas. Jewish Voice for Peace is a prominent peace organization with nearly 50 chapters across the United States. Their members are “inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals.”

Jonathan Kuttab will also be speaking. Kuttab is a leading human rights lawyer in Israel and Palestine. He was born in West Jerusalem, but after the Six Day War, his family moved to the United States. After practicing with a Wall Street law firm for several years, he returned home to co-found the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence, Al-Haq (lawyers and others who assist with human rights issues), and the Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners. He is licensed to practice law in Palestine, Israel, and New York, and serves on the board of The Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. He has also served as the lawyer for Mennonite Central Committee and Christian Peacemaker Teams’ in Palestine.

The goal of the tour is to raise the profile of Jewish and Palestinian groups in America who are working for peace in Israel-Palestine.

For more information about the events contact Bob Atchison at 785-539-5352 or by e-mail at

Originally published in the MAPJ NEWSLETTER APRIL/MAY 2017 p. 3.

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