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Women in Palestine: Interrupting the Silence

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Date(s) - 11/11/2018
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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RBC’s Holy Land Peace through Justice group


They will share personal stories about their time in the Holy Land, which our mass media often ignores or biases. Hearing their first-hand, personal narratives about the human impact of the occupation will teach us and help us to discern what our role should be in doing justice.

The program will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. A creative and delicious Palestinian-Israeli lunch will be provided before the program begins. Childcare is available for those 10 and younger.

Please RSVP to, or call the office at 703-941-4113, with the number who will attend and indicate if childcare is needed.

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Our panelists for the afternoon:

Aline Batarseh A native of East Jerusalem, Aline spent most of her adult life working and living in Palestine. She moved to the United States with her husband and two daughters in 2015. Aline has more than 18 years of experience working with several international and Palestinian non-profits focused on improving the well-being of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, specifically working at the intersections of gender equity, mental health, and human rights. While in Palestine, Aline worked at the Palestinian Counseling Center, Save the Children, the Women’s Studies Center, Al-Muntada: the Arab Forum for Sexuality, Education and Health, and World Vision. For the past two years, she has been working as a Development Officer at the Center for Health and Gender Equity, a women’s rights nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Aline has a master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University, and graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.

Alison Glick Alison lived and worked for six years in the Middle East, including three years in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and three years in Yarmouk Camp near Damascus, Syria. In Palestine she taught at the Quaker-run Friends Schools in Ramallah and worked as a human rights researcher for an NGO in Gaza City during the first Palestinian intifada. Alison recently served as Assistant Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Studies and as international program officer for a whistleblower support and advocacy organization, where she helped build an international network of anti-corruption and transparency advocates. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in Middle East history, and has been working for justice, equality and dignity for all in Israel/Palestine for many years.

Alaa Hammouda Alaa is an Advocacy Media Officer at the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme in the Gaza Strip, Palestine, where she advocates for issues of mental health, violence against women and children, and human rights. Alaa has also worked with National Democratic Institute-West Bank as a translator and coordinator, and she has a breadth of experience in many fields, including: humanitarian work, journalism, teaching, and translation. Currently, Alaa is a Fellow at the National Democratic Institute in Washington, D.C. where she is preparing a leadership program for women to be implemented in Gaza. As a Palestinian woman with young children and a lifelong resident of the Gaza Strip, Alaa has lived through multiple wars and extremely limited access to basic resources. Despite these challenges, she has strived to move forward with hope and aspiration for democracy and human rights.


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