The Road to Palestine: A Personal Journey

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 00:00

Kathy Bergen: A lifetime of peace work in Palestine/Israel

The Road to Palestine is a series of personal talks programmed by and hosted at Beit Zatoun. Guest speakers are Canadians who have taken a public stand on Palestine/Israel. Speakers come from a variety backgrounds and careers. They share a recognition that a resolution to the question of peace and conflict in Palestine / Israel is essential to global justice, international law and to peace in the world.

The evening is meant to be personal and autobiographical. The speaker is traces their journey and relationship to the situation of Palestine / Israel from earliest views and opinions. What are their present views? What is their unique contribution to the question? What are their thoughts on the future and what is needed to resolve the situation?

The Road to Palestine seeks to share a human and personal story in our midst that would otherwise not be told.

About the Speaker
Kathy Bergen has spent a lifetime in active engagement for peace and justice in Palestine/Israel living there for years in critical periods and from posts in three other countries.  Kathy’s work and positions have placed her in the middle of many pivotal situations, key organizations and encounters with many influential leaders and politicians including many encounters with Arafat.  A Russian Mennonite raised in Alberta, Kathy has done extensive work with Mennonite Central Committee and has a long history with the Quakers.

She lived and worked in Ramallah between 1982 and 1991 having a unique view of the invasion of Lebanon, the First Intifada (co-author of Justice and the Intifada (1991) and the first Gulf War.  She worked with Reverend Dr. Naim Ateek in Jerusalem and a the Palestinian Theology Group) to organize the first Liberation Theology conference in Palestine in March, 1990 and later became Sabeel which continues to today. In Geneva she was the director the International Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine from 1991-1994.  In 1996, she helped found, Friends of Sabeel/North America) and served on its board.  In 2000, Kathy was one of the five founders of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation  which now consists of more than 400 NGOs in the US working to change US policy towards Palestine/Israel.

Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– $5 donation (suggested minimum)
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic)with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.

Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St. (Bathurst subway)
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 11.6136" N, 79° 22' 59.4624" W
Ontario CA

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