Sunday March 22nd, 9:15-10 a.m., Heaven is Closer Than the End of the Street: An historical overview of the Israel-Palestine Conflict with Doug Thorpe, Part I.
In Part I of a two part series we’ll go back to the causes and consequences of the founding of the state of Israel in 1948 and briefly explore key moments following 1948, such as the significance of the Six-Day War in 1967, which led to what is still referred to as the Occupation of the Palestinian Territories, and the outbreak of the Palestinian Intifada in the late 1980s and the subsequent creation of Palestinian Liberation Theology by the Reverend Naim Ateek, an Anglican Palestinian. We’ll hear stories from those times which of course are still very much with us, deeply influencing the conflict we still see throughout the Middle East.
Doug Thorpe is Professor of English at Seattle Pacific University and chair of the board for Friends of Sabeel North America, a non-profit that works on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lens of non-violent activism and education, including theological. He has visited Israel and the West Bank four times, including as an educator and tour leader.