Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Mimi's American Bistro to Host "Just Peace Cafe" in January

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Mimi's American Bistro to Host "Just Peace Cafe" in January

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Mimi's American Bistro to Host "Just Peace Cafe" in January

Anas Shallal, Arab-American owner of Mimi's American Bistro, along with Mimi Conway and Ari Roth of Theater J at the Jewish Community Center in Washington, DC, invited peace activists from Washington, DC's Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities for a special Peace Cafe planning meeting at Mimi's Dec. 13. At this session, organizers finalized plans for a major event at the same "common ground" location in January.

A "Just Peace Cafe" will be held Jan. 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mimi's Bistro on P Street, NW in Washington, DC following an art show featuring works by Arab- and Jewish-Americans.

Peace activists will watch excerpts from "Via Dolorosa" (see above), and short skits that may update events happening on the ground in the Holy Land. Participants will then hold informal small group dialogues as they eat Middle Eastern food with their counterparts from the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian peace-seeking community.

It is hoped that this venue will provide an opportunity for Arabs and Jews and all those interested in a just peace to sit side by side and begin to create layers of understanding on which a foundation for true peace can be built. …

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