Preventing Incitement and Promoting Peace, Feb 28, USIP, Washington, DC, USA

Preventing Incitement and Promoting Peace:
Obstacles and Opportunities for Religious Peacemaking in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Start Date: February 28, 2012 – 12:30pm
End Date: February 28, 2012 – 2:30pm

USIP, Washington DC. RSVP Required.

Israeli-Palestinian talks are at a standstill and Fatah-Hamas reconciliation moves raise new questions about the direction of the conflict and the continuation of Western aid. Meanwhile, religiously-motivated attacks in Israel and the Palestinian Territories are on the rise. Given the current low expectations for Israeli-Palestinian political negotiations, what is the role of religious leaders in preventing incitement and promoting peace? What has been achieved, and what are the current challenges to interfaith cooperation?

To address these questions, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is pleased to host a distinguished delegation from the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land (CRIHL): the consultative body that comprises the most senior official Israeli and Palestinian religious leaders. CRIHL was established as the implementing body of the historic declaration signed in Alexandria, Egypt in 2002 in which Israeli and Palestinian religious leaders pledged to work together to end the violence and promote peace. Since the signing of the Alexandria Declaration, USIP has provided strong support to ongoing efforts to implement the document’s goals.

This event will feature the following speakers:

•Rabbi Shlomo Amar,  Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel
•Canon Trond Bakkevig, Convener, CRIHL
•Sheikh Yousef Ed’ees, Chief Judge of the Sharia Courts, Palestinian Authority
•Dr. Mahmoud Habash, Minister of Religious Affairs, Palestinian Authority
•Rabbi Yona Metzger, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel
•His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
•Bishop Dr. Munib Younan, Head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
•Dr. Richard Solomon, Introductory Remarks, President, USIP
•Dr. David Smock, Moderator, Senior Vice President of the Religion and Peacemaking Center, USIP

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