UNK talk presents two perspectives on Palestinian-Israeli conflict

By SARA GIBONEY

UNK Communications

KEARNEY – A Christian-Palestinian and a Jewish Rabbi will discuss the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Oct. 28.

The event, which is open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. in Copeland Hall Room 142.

Rizek Abusharr and Rabbi Brant Rosen aim to educate the public about the consequences of Israeli-American policies on Palestinians and Israelis. They will also provide a glimpse of what the future may look like for Palestine and Israel.

Abusharr retired as Director General of the Jerusalem International YMCA in 2001, having worked there for 46 years. He served as a consultant for the YMCA-USA from 2002 to 2006 and, in 2007, was inducted into the YMCA Hall of Fame.

In 1992, the Jerusalem International YMCA was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Austrian Parliament as a result of work initiated by Abusharr working with Jewish and Arab youth towards peaceful coexistence in that troubled land.

He served for 30 years as session clerk; he also served as clerk of the Presbytery of Jerusalem of the Church of Scotland and as chair of the Tabetha Church of Scotland School Board in Jaffa.

Rosen is the Midwest Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee and the founder and rabbi of Tzedek Chicago.

He has served as the co-chair of the Rabbinical Council of Jewish Voice for Peace. He received his bachelor of arts in history from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He earned a masters degree in Hebrew letters from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and received his rabbinical ordination there. He has been a rabbi for 20 years.

Rosen is a longtime advocate for social justice and human rights and is the author of the book, “Wrestling in the Daylight,” published in 2012.

The presentation is sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Department of Social Work and Nebraskans for Peace.

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Source: Maha Younes, 308.865.8741, younesm@unk.edu

Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529, giboneys2@unk.edu

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