The conference is complete! Now the work begins!

Philly FOSNA is proud to announce a Philadelphia Sabeel/ FOSNA Conference

Friday and Saturday March 28-29, 2014

Friday registration opens at 11am, sessions begin at 1pm and end at 8:30pm.

Saturday registration opens at 8am, sessions begin at 9:15am and end at 5:45pm.

The purpose of this two-day conference is to examine the role of the United States in Israel-Palestine.

It is sponsored by Friends of Sabeel-North America (FOSNA). It is hosted by the American Friends Service Committee. The conference will be held at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, near historic City Hall and national shrines.

The intention, design, and spirit of this FOSNA Conference is to galvanize advocacy for justice in Israel-Palestine.

This groundbreaking conference will spotlight what is happening in the US with regard to Israel-Palestine through plenary sessions and workshops. Distinguished plenary speakers will address current realities such as US foreign policy, the media, political discourse, and religion.

Interactive workshops will engage participants about relevant historical realities, offer timely updates regarding facts on the ground, and provide ample time for lively discussions about creative responses – opportunities for involvement in specific areas of advocacy such as campus organizing, US military aid, educating through Steadfast Hope and Kairos USA, “Difficult” Conversations, Palestine as a civil rights struggle, and BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions).

Conference participants can expect to leave with a wealth of specific avenues for action.



Saturday, March 29, 2014

US Media & Public DiscourseAli Abunimah

The Proxy Battle for Justice – A US-based Call to ActionCecilie Surasky

Conference Wrap Up & Sending ForthDon Wagner, Naim Ateek, Wini Wolff





“Words” An exhibit by Rajie Cook
Internationally known Palestinian American graphic designer, photographer and artist.
Visit his website at

Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism
An exhibit of posters sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee


Boycotts, Divestments, and Sanctions (BDS)* Riham Barghouti
What it is, how to get involved, what faith communities are doing, and how to respond to critics.

Campus Organizing Clarissa O’Conor & Lauren Ballester
Action and advocacy on college campuses. What’s going on? What’s next?

Civil Rights Movement Brian Walt
Reframing the Israel-Palestine conflict as a civil rights struggle, with parallels to South Africa and the American South.

Communication Strategies for Social Change Cecilie Surasky
Effective language and tactics for political messaging and advocacy.

“Difficult” Conversations* Susan Landau
Political conversations can challenge our personal relationships. Gain insight and skills to speak and listen well when both the person and the issue really matter.

Advocating for Palestinian Rights Ali Abunimah
Specific tactics to engage in public discourse to counter propaganda, biased US media and attempts to delegitimize the Palestinian civil rights movement. Bring your questions and issues.

Facts on the Ground Don Wagner
Understanding daily life for Palestinians living under occupation: settlements, the wall, water rights, house demolitions, child prisoners. 

How Did We Get Here? Phyllis Bennis
Consistencies and (a few) variations in the history of contemporary US policy in the Middle East.

Kairos USA* Pauline Coffman
Understanding how the prophetic tradition of Kairos documents had led to Kairos USA and how to use it as an educational tool with Christian communities.

Hopeful Signs from the US Grassroots Rami Khouri
Important shifts in public opinion such as academic boycotts, church divestment, backlash against celebrity endorsers, campus advocacy, and widening public debate.

Shattered Hopes for Peace Josh Ruebner
The rise and fall of Obama’s peacemaking efforts.

Steadfast Hope* Wini Wolff
Explore how to use this excellent, one-of-a-kind 50-page booklet and DVD to educate Christian communities.

US Military Aid to Israel* Josh Ruebner
What it is and what we can do to end it.

*This session is presented twice



Ali Abunimah – Founder, The Electronic Intifada; Journalist; Author also leads a workshop
Naim Ateek – Founder and Director, Sabeel Ecumenical Theology Center in Jerusalem
Phyllis Bennis – Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies; Journalist also leads a workshop
Rami Khouri – Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut; Editor-at-large, Daily Star (Beirut) also leads a workshop
Cecilie Surasky – Deputy Director, Jewish Voice for Peace also leads a workshop
Don Wagner – Program Director, Friends of Sabeel – North America also leads a workshop


Lauren Ballester – Student leader, Penn for Palestine
Riham Barghouti – Founding member, Adalah-NY
Pauline Coffman – Israel-Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church-USA; Chicago Faith Coalition for Middle East Policy; Coordinating Committee for Kairos USA
Susan Landau – Founding member Philadelphia Jews for a Just Peace, Christian-Jewish Allies, and Philly BDS; Co-convener Christian-Jewish Allies of Greater Philadelphia
Clarissa O’Conor – Student leader, Penn for Palestine
Josh Ruebner – National Advocacy Director, US Campaign To End the Israeli Occupation; Author
Brian Walt – Palestinian/Israeli Nonviolence Project Fellow, Dorothy Cotton Institute
Wini Wolff – FOSNA Board member; Co-convener, Christian-Jewish Allies of Greater Philadelphia

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