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Author, Historian, Human Rights Activist Ilan Pappe to Speak at Sabeel International Conference

posted on: Sep 15, 2008


Ilan Pappe, one of the foremost Israeli historians will speak at the Sabeel international Conference, Peace, Palestine and U.S.Policy 1948-2008, exploring U.S. policy and its relationship to the Palestinian issue. The conference will take place at the First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Michigan from September 25-27, 2008.

Pappe, author of the book, “Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine’” will speak about the myth of the “voluntary exodus” of Palestinians from their homes and villages. Pappe is a professor at Exeter University.

According to Jon Swanson, co-coordinator of the event, “We are fortunate to have this courageous pioneer as our keynote” He went on to say, “Professor Pappe will share his views regarding the occupation of Palestinians and their desire for peace and justice.”

The conference will include the following speakers:

–Anna Baltzer, a young Jewish-American activist.
–Susan Nathan, Author of The Other Side of Israel.
–Ilan Pappe, One of the foremost Isreali revisionist historians.
–Phyllis Bennis, A fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.
–Chris Hedges, Pultizer Prize winning former NYT foreign correspondent.
–Joel Kovel, Psychiatrist, peace activist and author.
–Imam Mohammed Mardini, Leader of the American Muslim Center in Dearborn, Michigan.
Don Wagner, A top scholar of Christian Zionism
–Naim Ateek, Sabeel’s founder and Canon of St. George’s Episcopal Church, Jerusalem.
–Jean Zarou, Vice President of Sabeel and author, Occupied with Occupation.
–John B. Quigley, Ohio State University faculty member and expert in international law.

The cost for the three-day conference will be $110 for early registrants and $50 for students which includes a reception, a banquet and two lunches. Space is limited, so register and/or get more information on line at

Sabeel, is an ecumenical grassroots liberation theology movement among Palestinian Christians. Friends of Sabeel North America, supports the work of Sabeel by sponsoring educational activities that promote peace and justice in the Middle East.

For media inquiries contact :
Warren David, David Communications
Tel : 313-999-6000
Email :

Sarah Redmond
Tel : 248-752-0388
Email: socialjusticemi@gmail,com

For conference information contact :
Jon Swanson, co-coordinator:
Tel : 734-741-1273