What Can We Do to Build a Better Future in Palestine and Israel?

Presented in partnership with the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.

A part of a series of webinars on Christians in the Holy Land with Association of US Catholic Priests taking place during the pre-Pentecost Novena inviting the Holy Spirit.

Thursday, May 19. 1-3 pm Eastern. Via Zoom.

This webinar will feature some of the key ongoing challenges for peace and a just future in Israel-Palestine in East Jerusalem (demolitions, evictions, and confiscations) and the West Bank (challenges within Palestinian civil society). Each speaker will then address where transformation and glimmers of a “better future” have come from: What do you hope to see happen? Finally, what role can foreign actors play in resolving these aspects of the conflict?



Jennifer Maidrand is the Outreach Manager for Churches for Middle East Peace. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Bible and Cultures at Drew University, where she also earned her M.A. Her research focuses on how biblical interpretation and archeology have shaped the contemporary land of Palestine-Israel and its geo-politics. She is a member of the UCC Church and is committed to fostering interfaith and intercultural community education and dialogue around sacred texts, the earth, and politics. Jennifer is grateful to have the opportunity to utilize and grow these passions, previously as a fellow and now as a staff member with CMEP. When she isn't working, you can find Jennifer trail running, rock climbing, gardening, or playing with her cats, Peanut and Fig.

Amy Cohen has been serving as the Director of International Relations and Advocacy for Ir Amim since 2019. She is the organization’s chief liaison to the international community concerning the geopolitical developments and status of human rights in Jerusalem; conducts policy advocacy with key stakeholders and decision-makers around the globe, including in the United States and Europe; and conveys Ir Amim’s expert analysis to policymakers, international media outlets, and think tanks. Prior to her position at Ir Amim, she worked as the Trilateral Development Cooperation Officer with MASHAV- Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, a department within the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over the course of her career, Amy has likewise engaged in programming and advocacy work on issues pertaining to asylum seekers, minority rights, gender equality, and socioeconomic development in various social change and aid organizations in Israel and abroad, including Care International.

Zoughbi Zoughbi is the founder and director of Wi'am, The Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center. Wi'am is a grassroots organization that believes in multi-track diplomacy. Zoughbi has done a lot of graduate work in interdisciplinary studies in different universities  around the World (Notre Dame University, Brandise, Eastern Mennonite University, Catholic University.)  Zoughbi is a human rights and non-violent activist. Zoughbi has traveled around the world as a renowned lecturer and speaker on interdisciplinary issues. He is the author of many books, booklets, and manuals on Peace and Justice related topics.


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