Hamas/Gaza, Chapel Hill, June 14


Sunday, June 14, 2009, 2-4 P.M.
Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill, NC
Doors open at 1:30 for refreshments/socializing

Who is Hamas?
How did they ascend to power?
Are they the legitimate political voice of the Palestinians?
Should Israel negotiate with them?
What is the history of Gaza?
What is the condition of Gaza now?
How has the blockade affected Gaza?
Is the Gaza Strip viable?

Event co-sponsored by:

Muslim American Public Affairs Council (MAPAC)
Muslim American Society(MAS) of Raleigh
Salaam-Shalom Support Group--Church of Reconciliation Chapel Hill
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Triangle Branch
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD-USA)

December 27, 2008 through January 18, 2009 saw the State of Israel launch a massive military offensive inside one of the most densely populated civilian areas on earth, the Gaza Strip.

Television and print news coverage was extensive throughout the assault, but did little to help understand either what was going on or why it was going on, and even less to help understand the full context of the struggle within the Gaza Strip.
This presentation will attempt to fill in those gaps, and place the assent of Hamas and subsequent Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip within the broader context of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the struggle of the Palestinian people for self-determination.

The often paradoxical nature of the Hamas organization will be explored as will the history, organization and viability of the Gaza Strip as a commercial, cultural, and governable entity.


Date: Sunday, June 14, 2009
Time: 2-4 PM (Refreshments/socializing at 1:30)
Place: Church of Reconciliation
Address: 110 N. Elliott Rd. Chapel Hill, 27514
Contact: (919) 490-5546 or (919) 967-7284

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