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Unlikely Partners for Peace: An Orthodox Settler and a Palestinian Activist Tell their Stories

Roots October 2016 USA Tour

October 10, 2016 |  3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful

Ali Abu Awwad is a leading Palestinian activist teaching his countrymen nonviolent resistance, and reaching out to Jewish Israelis at the heart of the conflict. Ali has toured the world many times over, telling his riveting story of violent activism, imprisonment, bereavement and discovery of the path of nonviolent resistance, a story of personal transformation.

Hanan Schlesinger is an Orthodox rabbi and teacher, and a passionate Zionist settler who has been profoundly transformed by his friendship with Ali.  His understanding of the reality of the Middle East conflict and of Zionism has been utterly complicated by the parallel universe that Ali has introduced him to.

Join Ali and Hanan as they tell their personal stories and of their efforts to build a better future for their peoples. They come with no ready peace plans in hand, but only with the conviction that human understanding and trust will be the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom and peace on that tiny sliver of land that they both call home.

Roots is a local Palestinian-Israeli initiative for understanding, non-violence and transformation. You can learn more about them at You can find an itinerary for the October 2016 USA Tour here.

October 10, 2016

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston , IL 60201