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Date: April 24, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Event on April 25: Three Middle Eastern Women to Speak at Montgomery College about Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and their Vision for Peace
Panel Discussion to Feature Muslim Palestinian, Jewish Israeli, and Christian Palestinian

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25

6:30 p.m.

Montgomery College-Rockville

Theatre Arts Arena
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

    Montgomery College will host a panel discussion with three Middle Eastern women who will share their own personal stories about living with the ongoing violence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The discussion, entitled “Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision,” is part of the College’s Arab American Heritage Month celebration.

    The women—Huda Abu Arqoub, a Muslim Palestinian from Hebron, Palestine; Tal Dor, a Jewish Israeli from Haifa, Israel, and Amal Nassar, a Christian Palestinian from Bethlehem, Palestine—will address the realities of the conflict, including the loss of family members, the demolition of homes, and the occupation, as well as their shared vision for a peaceful resolution. The women are working professionals, educators and activists. Arqoub is an educational consultant with the Ministry of Education of the Palestinian National Authority and she works part-time as a professor at Al-Quds Open University. Dor is currently writing a book with a Palestinian colleague and previously served as the executive director of Mahapach-Tagier, a joint Jewish-Palestinian grassroots organization serving communities throughout Israel. Nassar works as a physiotherapist for infants and as a nurse at the Caritas Baby Hospital in Bethlehem and volunteers with Tent of Nations, a project focusing on peace and nonviolence.

    The women have been traveling across the United States on a speaking tour with Partners for Peace, a Washington, DC-based non-profit that aims to educate the American public about the conflict and eventually help bring about a solution. This year’s tour is the thirteenth tour since 1998.

    For a map of the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/maps/rcamp.html.

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