Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Wanted: Volunteers to Witness in Palestine

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Wanted: Volunteers to Witness in Palestine

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At one of Sabeel's March 3 workshops, entitled "A Solidarity of Witness and Accompaniment," six presenters gathered to describe ways Americans can travel to Palestine to provide assistance and act as witnesses. Anne Stephens, a volunteer with WCC Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel, said the program, created at the request of Christians in Palestine, consists of living as a volunteer in a community for three months and accompanying people in their daily struggles. WCC's Rev. Max Surjadinata said he was puzzled why so few Americans are going to Palestine, and attributed it to a sort of brainwashing. "In our society, we have been brainwashed about what happened in the Holocaust," explained Surjadinata, "but we know nothing about what happened to the Palestinians, particularly the Christian Palestinians."

International Solidarity Movement co-founder Huwaida Arraf spoke of the importance of internationals going to Palestine and observing what is going on there. …

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