Join us to hear from one of the most powerful and inspirational Palestinian advocates for nonviolent change. Ali Abu Awwad knows from personal experience that Palestinian self-development and nonviolence that are the keys to change in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
When: Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30pm Eastern.
Where: Temple Sinai, Brookline MA (50 Sewall Ave, Brookline, MA 02446) or on Zoom
If you are attending in person, you must be vaccinated. If you register virtually you will receive a Zoom link closer to the time of the event.
This event is co-sponsored by Temple Sinai of Brookline, Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, Hillel B'nai Torah, Temple B'nai Brith of Somerville and Boston Workers Circle.
Ali will discuss his personal story of learning nonviolence as a First Intifada prisoner (along with his PLO mother leader). After losing his brother in the 2nd Intifada, his family hosted grieving Israeli families -- and Ali began his 20-year journey of nonviolent leadership in Palestine, Israel, and around the world. It led to the 2016 founding of the Taghyeer (Change) Palestinian National Nonviolence Movement. Ali emphasizes the key to change is Palestinians organizing Palestinians and taking agency for their own self-development -- and thereby building coalitions for social change and resistance to occupation. Ali will speak about Taghyeer grassroots activism throughout the West Bank including their current work in Masafer Yatta; the urgent political situation for Palestinians and Israelis; the fundamentals of personal and social transformation in the conflict; and his view on the importance of stalwart allies like J Street.
Ali Abu Awwad, Palestinian peace and resistance activist, founded Palestine's Taghyeer (Change) National Nonviolence Movement. In 2016, 3000 Palestinians from all over the West Bank came together in Jericho to launch Taghyeer's on-the-ground activities. Taghyeer addresses social change and community development needs—and builds a national nonviolent movement for resistance to occupation. Ali is the author of A Palestinian Manifesto: The Nonviolent Path to Freedom. From 2002-2009 Awwad (imprisoned in the first intifada and having lost a brother to IDF violence in 2000) toured the world on behalf of Bereaved Families Forum with Israeli Robi Damelin (who lost her son to the conflict), speaking together about the path to reconciliation. Ali's life and work have been featured in two award-winning films, Encounter Point and Forbidden Childhood. Awwad initiated the Karama (Dignity) Nonviolence Center on family-owned land in Gush Etzion/Area C in 2013.