Prior to Dr. Cotton Fite's presentation, there will be a Vigil for Jerusalem.
At the Vigil, we will place ourselves in solidarity with the people of East Jerusalem and the West Bank who continue to suffer under an illegal Israeli occupation, including the restricting of access to Muslim and Christian holy sites, and raise awareness of and protest the upcoming increase in military aid to Israel by the Obama administration from $3.2 billion a year to $4.5 billion annually for the next ten years.
Cotton Fite is an Episcopal priest, clinical psychologist, & co-chair of The Seraj Library Project, a 501c3 which partners with small, rural Palestinian villages to create high quality, accessible libraries for villagers of all ages and faiths. As Dr. Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian ambassador to the UK, says, “They can take our land, our water, our homes, but they can never take our education.” Dr. Fite will illustrate Seraj’s triple mission:  educate the American public about the Occupation,  provide tangible resources for the Palestinian people, and  support those who, in spite of repeated failures to create a just peace, live and act in hope. He is also a member of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. Free, open to the public.