This Wednesday, join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) for a webinar with leading human rights advocates from Israel working to advance a just and sustainable future for all in Israel/Palestine. Our confirmed panelists are Tania Hary (Executive Director of Gisha - Legal Center for Freedom of Movement), Jessica Montell (Executive Director of HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual), and Rabbi Elhanan Miller (Rabbis for Human Rights). The discussion will be led by CMEP's Executive Director, Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon and will focus on the next steps now that the ceasefire between the State of Israel and Hamas is in place. With Palestinian families in East Jerusalem still facing pending expulsion orders and significant damage to infrastructure and loss of life in Gaza, our panelists will share the critical work they are doing in Israeli society on behalf of justice and human rights.
10 am Eastern
Link provided upon registration
Tania Harry is the Executive Director at Gisha - Legal Center for Freedom of Movement. She received her B.A. in modern literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.A. in international affairs, with a focus on socioeconomic development, from the New School in New York.
Prior to joining Gisha in 2007, Tania worked on advocacy and fundraising initiatives for not-for-profit organizations promoting human rights and development. Tania is relied upon as a source of information and analysis on the situation in Gaza by diplomats, foreign offices and international organizations. She lectures regularly in the United States and Europe, and appeared before the Security Council in 2015.
Jessica Montell has been a leading figure in Israeli civil society for two decades and now serves as Executive Director of HaMoked, an Israeli human rights and legal aid center.
In the thirty years since the organization's founding, HaMoked has provided free legal and paralegal assistance to over 100,000 Palestinians from the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. HaMoked also conducts strategic litigation to change Israeli government and military policy to better respect human rights.
Previously Ms. Montell served for 13 years as Executive Director of the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem. She is a frequent speaker and commentator on human rights, Israeli civil society and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ms. Montell was selected by TheMarker as one of "the 50 most influential women in Israel for 2007." In 2013, the UK-based Action on Armed Violence selected Jessica as one of the 100 most influential people working to make the world a safer place.
Rabbi Elhanan Miller is the head of the OPT Department at Rabbis for Human Rights and a researcher of Palestinian politics at the Forum for Regional Thinking. He has previously served as the rabbi of the Jewish community in Canberra, Australia, and the Arab Affairs Correspondent for The Times of Israel.
His online initiative, People of the Book, educates Muslim and Arab audiences about Jewish practice and culture through short videos disseminated on social media. These videos have garnered millions of views and some 140,000 subscribers, mostly in the Arab Middle East.
Miller regularly comments on Israeli politics in Arabic on news channels such as Al-Jazeera, BBC Arabic, and Israel’s public broadcaster Kan. His opinion articles have appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He holds a master’s degree in Middle East history and Islamic Studies from Hebrew University and is fluent in English, Hebrew, Arabic, French and Yiddish.
As a student, Miller was an avid debater, winning the title of Second-Best Speaker at the World University Debating Championships in Vancouver, Canada, in 2007. He participated in various dialogue groups with Palestinians and worked in the office of Knesset Member Colette Avital (Labour) as a Legacy Heritage fellow in 2008. Miller completed research on the Palestinian refugee issue as an Atkin Fellow at Kings College London in 2012, and was the Richard Beeston scholar at the foreign desk of the London Times in 2016.
Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace and an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). Cannon formerly served as the senior director of Advocacy and Outreach for World Vision U.S. on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC; as consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International in Jerusalem; as the executive pastor of Hillside Covenant Church located in Walnut Creek, California; and as director of development and transformation for extension ministries at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois.
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