Jamaica Plain Forum

A Report From the Ground by Alice Rothchild and Alan Meyers

First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist,  6 Eliot St, Boston, MA 02130

Alice Rothchild and Alan Meyers are Boston-area doctors who have led multiple delegations to Israel and Palestine. As members of The Health and Human Rights Project of American Jews for a Just Peace (AJJP), they have worked with NGOs in clinics, hospitals and refugee camps.

They will share stories and analysis from their most recent visit in January 2011 that included interviews with both Jewish Israelis and Palestinian activists in Israel and the West Bank.

The Forum will focus on issues of civil rights, water, health care, and the impact of occupation on both the occupiers and the occupied.

Alice and Alan will describe the current state of checkpoints, the separation wall, the expanding Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank as well as the rightward swing of Israeli politics.

They will also discuss the growing boycott, divestment and sanction movement as a nonviolent and creative option to move the possibilities for peace forward on a grass roots level in the face of years of stalled peace processes.

Besides a Q & A with the speakers, representatives from local organizations working on these issues will be at the Forum. We promise plenty of time for informal conversations with these activists. Co- sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace and American Jews for a Just Peace.

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