10 am - 11:30 am Pacific / 1 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern
Join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) on October 8th at 10 am Pacific time for a virtual roundtable panel in preparation for Archbishop Hosam’s visit to Los Angeles. This webinar aims to introduce leaders in the Diocese of Los Angeles to key issues that deter peace and justice in Jerusalem, and Israel/Palestine. The panel includes speakers from Israel, Palestine, and the U.S. who hold expertise related to: contemporary geo-politics in Israel/Palestine, land annexation, the Palestinian Christian community, and U.S. advocacy related to the Middle East and moderated by Churches for Middle East Peace's Senior Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, Kyle Cristofalo.
Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway is a member of the Hashemite Fund for the Restoration of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, and the Islamic Waqf Council in Jerusalem.
He is featured on the Muslim 500 list of the world’s most influential Muslims. He was appointed as the first holder of the Integral Chair for the Study of Imam Al-Ghazali’s Work at the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque and at Al-Quds University in 2012 (HM King Abdullah II Endowment). He teaches Imam Al-Ghazali’s magnum opus on Islamic spirituality, The Revival of Islamic Sciences (Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Din) six days a week at Al-Aqsa Mosque.
He was Dean, College of Islamic Theology (Da`wah and Usul Al-Din), and College of the Qur'an and Islamic Studies, Al-Quds University (2014-2020). He has been a Professor of Philosophy and Islamic Studies at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, Palestine, since 1996. He taught at the International Islamic University in Malaysia including a year at the Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization-ISTAC (1993-96) and was a visiting Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University (2003-4), as well as a visiting professor at Bard College, New York (2008-2010).
Prof. Abu Sway earned his Ph.D. from Boston College and is the author of three books on Imam Al-Ghazali.
Yusef Daher is the Coordinator of the Jerusalem Liaison Office of the World Council of Churches. He previously served as the Executive Secretary of the Jerusalem Inter-Church Center of the Heads of Churches of Jerusalem in association with the World Council of Churches and the Middle East Council of Churches. He also served as the Secretary of Justice and Peace Commission and Ecumenical Committee for the Catholic Church.
Daher is the co-author of many papers on Palestinian Christians and Jerusalem and was a contributing author to the Kairos Palestine Document “ Moment of Truth” – a word of faith hope and love from the midst of the Palestinian Suffering. He introduced the Media Fact Sheet on Palestinian Christians during Pope Benedict XVI's visit in May 2009 and was part of the media team during Pope Francis' most recent visit.
Yusef is a licensed travel and tourism expert and holds a Master's in Pilgrimage and Tourism from London Metropolitan University. He worked for years in tourism consulting in Palestine and has written many articles on the intersections of politics, economic development and tourism
Suha Salman Mousa is the co-director of Mossawa Center, the Advocacy Center for Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel, which promotes Palestinian Arab rights and a democratic society. She manages and develops Mossawa’s parliamentary, legal, international and media advocacy for advancing the rights of Palestinian Israelis. She also focuses on strengthening community work. In recent years, Suha has led the initiative to establish Friends of Mossawa in the USA, promoting the center’s work abroad.
Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth is the director of The Religious Peace Initiative (RPI) with Mosaica, where he oversees a network of ‘insider religious mediators’ advancing both religious peace and mitigating crisis situations. He also works to connect religious leaders to the tens of ‘community mediation and dialogue centers’ throughout Israel that Mosaica’s Gishurim Program supports, through the “Rabbis as Mediators Program” and the “Sheikhs as Mediators Program.” In addition to his work at Mosaica, Rabbi Dr. Roth is a core faculty member at Bar-Ilan University’s Graduate Program for Conflict Management, Resolution and Negotiation and at Tel Aviv University’s International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation. He teaches graduate courses on religious peacebuilding and supervises graduate students in addition to being a regular lecturer for MEJDI Tours/National Geographic. His book, Third-party Peacemakers in Judaism: Text, Theory, and Practice was published by Oxford University Press in Spring 2021.
Rabbi Dr. Roth earned a Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University’s Graduate Program for Conflict Management, Resolution and Negotiation, a MA in Talmud from Hebrew University, a B. Ed in Jewish Philosophy from Herzog Teachers’ College, and studied for eight years in Yeshivat Har-Etzion, during which time he received Orthodox rabbinic ordination. Rabbi Dr. Roth has also served as a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution. Before joining Mosaica, he was the founder and director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, the Mahloket Matters Projects and the 9Adar: Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict (known in Israel as Dibur Hadash: Israeli Week of Mediation and Dialogue).
Daniel (Danny) Seidemann has lived in Jerusalem since he made Aliyah in 1973. He has been a member of the Israeli Bar Association since 1987 and a partner in a firm specializing in commercial law. Since 1991, he has focused on the geopolitics of contemporary Jerusalem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Along with his colleagues at Terrestrial Jerusalem, an NGO that he founded, Mr. Seidemann is frequently consulted by senior decision-makers and governmental bodies in Israel, Palestine, and in the international community on matters pertaining both to unfolding developments in Jerusalem and to broader issues relating to a permanent status agreement. He has participated in numerous Jerusalem-related projects, colloquia, and track-two deliberations and has led ongoing discussions on Jerusalem within the Arab world and with Christian faith communities and diaspora Jewish communities in North America and Europe. In 2010, Queen Elizabeth II awarded him the title of honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire in recognition for his work in Jerusalem.
Kyle Cristofalo is the Senior Director of Advocacy and Government Relations/Special Advisor to the Executive Director at Churches for Middle East Peace. Kyle holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Messiah College, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Kyle was first introduced to Middle East advocacy work during a semester abroad in Cairo, Egypt. After graduating from college, Kyle spent 10 months serving with the Mennonite Central Committee in Bethlehem, Palestine, where he was seconded to work with Bethlehem Bible College. Most recently, Kyle served as the Program Assistant for Middle East Policy at the Friends Committee on Legislation where he helped coordinate lobbying work on Middle East policy and trained grassroots advocates on how to lobby their Congressional representatives.
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