United Church of Christ
Palestine - Israel Network

               Raising Prophetic Voices of Conscience
Leviticus 19: 33-34  When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. 
Jeremiah 6: 14  They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, "Peace, peace' when there is no peace.
 Ezekiel 47:21-23 So you shall divide this land among you according to the tribes of Israel. You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the aliens who reside among you and have begotten children among you. They shall be to you 
as native-born sons of Israel; with you they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe the alien resides, there you shall assign him his inheritance, says the Lord God.

Many Palestinian roads are blocked by soldiers.
Nonviolent Palestinian protests are often met with violence by Israeli soldiers.
Settlers attack Palestinians as soldiers watch.
And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, saying, 'Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes.'
The Messiah Gate 
"Our country started a war with Iraq by preemptive strike. We need to start peace by preemptive justice.                     - Craig Corrie, 
              Rachel Corrie's father
American Rachel Corrie 
speaks in Gaza two days 
before her death. She was 
killed by the Israeli Defense Forces and a Caterpillar bulldozer as she defended 
a Palestinian home from demolition. Ten years 
later, her case is on appeal. Video by Mideast Broad- casting Company.  
Professor Nurit Peled-Elhanon, from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, talks about racism in the Israeli text books.  Nurit lost her daughter to a suicide bomber and is a member of the Parent's Circle for Israelis and Palestinians grieving the loss of family members. 
This is a response by Miko Peled, an Israeli general's son, regarding being called anti-semitic for standing up for Palestinian human rights. 
Rachel Corrie, as a child in fifth grade, shared her hope for poor people. The American government has refused her parents' request for an independent investigation into her death that occurred  as she stood before a bulldozer about to demolish a Palestinian doctor's home in Gaza. The driver saw her and never stopped. 


                Tree of Life Educational Fund Fall Events

                                    Coming this fall...

Palestinian Film Festival - soon!
The North America Nakba Tour
Courageous Women of Resistance
Plus Journey Plans for January 2018

The Connecticut Palestinian Film Festival, a project of the Tree of Life Educational Fund, was born from the need to educate the community on the Israeli Palestine conflict with the aim of fostering peaceful dialogue and constructive engagement to promote sustainable peace and justice for all our relatives in the region.

All events free & open to public (Children 15 & up recommended)
Opening Night

Tuesday, September 19, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
St. John’s Episcopal Church
679 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, CT
Opening remarks &
Native American singer/drummer Kenny Merrick Jr. 
Films: My Neighborhood & 5 Broken Cameras
Followed by Q&A and closing remarks

Friday, September 22, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Islamic Association of Greater Hartford-Berlin Mosque
1781 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin CT
Film: With God on Our Side
Followed by Q&A and closing remarks

Sunday, September 24, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Society of Hartford
50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford CT
Film: Roadmap to Apartheid
Followed by Q&A and closing remarks

The Exiled Palestinians. Join us as Khawla Hammad and Amena Elashkar, Palestinan refugees from Lebanon, share their story. Khawla Hammad has been a stateless refugee in Lebanon for 69 years. Now she is 85 years old, and still a refugee in Lebanon, with no citizenship in any country. Khawla has a message that she wants to bring to North America. So does 23-year-old Palestinian refugee, journalist and translator Amena Elashkar. She and her parents were born as stateless refugees in Lebanon and have never lived in their own country 

Thursday, September 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Central Connecticut State University
Vance Academic Center - Room 105
1615 Stanley Street, New Britain CT

Sunday, September 24, 3:00 p.m.
St. Peter's Lutheran Church
310 Route 137
Harwich, Cape Cod, MA

Join us to hear from women who are speaking truth to power and in doing so, helping to bring enlightenment and engagement in the struggle to build a better and more peaceful future. 

Madonna Thunder Hawk, a member of the Oohenumpa band of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, has a long history of grassroots activism prior to her formative work for the Lakota People's Law Project (LPLP) as a Tribal Liaison. Fayrouz Sharqawi, the Advocacy Coordinator at Grassroots Jerusalem, a platform for Palestinian community-based mobilization, leadership and advocacy in Occupied Jerusalem. Also appearing on the Cape will be Jihan Nassar, program director for the Bent Al-reef Empowerment Project, a program of the Tent of Nations.

For more information, additional locations and event updates visit tolef.org

Saturday, October 21
Yale University
New Haven, CT – details to come

Sunday, October 22 – 2:00 p.m.
Cape Cod Community College
Science Lecture Hall A
2240 Iyannough Road
West Barnstable, MA
Thursday, October 26
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT – details to come

Friday, October 27
Islamic Association of Greater CT
Berlin CT – details to come

Sunday, October 29 – 2:00 p.m.
The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
2 Ferry Road Old Lyme CT 
Palestinian Bazaar before and after

Jenin Freedom Theater is coming to NYC!
The Siege – Performances Oct. 12 - 22

For more information, visit https://nyuskirball.org/events/the-siege/
Calling all SJP students! Contact TOL Artists Council lead Josh Perlstein at perlsteinj@gmail.com for information about student group tickets!

January 2018 Journey
The Right of Return: 70 Years of Refugees in Palestine, Israel, and Beyond

January 2-14, optional extension to Jordan through January 18

The Tree of Life journey in January 2018 will highlight the ongoing refugee crisis in Palestine and beyond by examining the tragic aftershocks of 1948. We’ll visit refugee camps in the West Bank, and we’ll visit communities threatened with erasure in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. But we’ll also explore other manifestations of the aftershock of settler colonialism in Palestine, visiting occupied Syria (the Golan Heights) and other sites throughout Palestine and Israel where those aftershocks are especially visible. Throughout, we’ll be hearing from voices of conscience speaking from various social locations (Israeli, Palestinian, Bedouin, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Druze), all of whom are committed to building a future inhabitable by all, and not only a privileged few. The journey is conceived as a way of reckoning with a painful legacy, even as we imagine a hopeful future.

Join us for more information at one of our orientation meetings:

September 22 8:30 PM
 Islamic Association of Greater Hartford-Berlin Mosque
1781 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin CT

October 8 1:30 PM 
The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
2 Ferry Road Old Lyme CT

Contact Mary@tolef.org if you are interested in joining us!