What Makes Power Great

POWER: “the capacity and extent to which one can influence the behavior and beliefs of another.“ In discussing the current political and religious climate, I have often mentioned that the Left, particularly the Religious Left, is especially uncomfortable with discussions of and strategies that employ the use of power. Power, its use and facility, makes…

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Palestine-Israel Solidarity Tour 2022 Update

Dear friends in Fort Wayne and around the country,  We are approximately halfway through our solidarity tour to Palestine and Israel. And we have had a very full last few days.  Thursday, June 16, was spent touring holy sites. In the morning, we toured the Al Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock; with the permission of…

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The Nakba Continues: 74 Years and Counting

ICMEP Statement on Nakba Day 2022 ICMEP Condemns the Murder of Shireen Abu Akleh and Israel’s Ethnic Cleansing of the Palestinian People Today, May 15, marks the 74th anniversary of the Nakba (“Catastrophe”), the forced displacement by Israeli forces of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes, the destruction of a Palestinian homeland in 1948. It is…

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We Never Left – A Poem by Susan Abulhawa

I want to share with you a poem by our friend (and 2019 ICMEP Gala speaker and Champion of Justice Award recipient), Susan Abulhawa.  Susan is a Palestinian-American author (her acclaimed Mornings in Jenin has been translated into 32 languages and sold over a million copies), poet, and activist.  She is the founder of Playgrounds…

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ICMEP Brings the World to Fort Wayne: Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Jerusalem, South Africa, and the UK

For 17 years, the mission of Indiana Center for Middle East Peace has remained the same – “We are a voice of conscience for peace, justice, human rights, and intercultural encounter.” Every one of our board members, and all our many supporters and friends throughout the years focus like a laser beam on these core…

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A Young Russian Jewish Woman Speaks Truth to Power

“Freedom is a process by which you develop the habit of being inaccessible to slavery.” Alla Gutnikova is a young Russian Jewish woman, one of four Russian student journalists (the other three, Armen Aramyan, Natasha Tyshkevich, and Volodya Metelkin) who worked from DOXA, an independent Moscow student magazine. The four were recently sentenced to two…

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***** Washing Israel’s Dirty Laundry

Artwashing, Sportswashing, Foodwashing, Veganwashing, Pinkwashing, Faithwashing See also Red, Blue, and Purple Washing. In my last blog, I talked about greenwashing in the context of the Sierra Club’s backtracking on its decision-reversal and reinstating their educational tours to Israel. Here I want to discuss other ways Israel attempts to wash its dirty laundry. Remember the…

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