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Press Release from New Hampshire

NH Friends of Combatants for Peace

Combatants for Peace Coming to NH
Nobel prize-nominated organization will offer three public presentations May 1-3

A Palestinian and an Israeli die, go to heaven, and ask God, “Will there ever be peace in the Middle East?” God answers, “Yes, but not in my lifetime.”

For those who yearn for peace in the Middle East but don’t believe it will happen in their lifetimes, Palestinian Jamel Qassas and Israeli Netta Hazan offer an alternative vision. They’re coming to New Hampshire May 1-3 to demonstrate that peace is possible in our lifetimes and to model what it looks like. Ex-fighters from opposite sides of the conflict, they’re members of Combatants for Peace, a grassroots organization founded on the conviction that the cycle of violence will only end when Israelis and Palestinians join forces to oppose what the Combatants consider their common enemy – the occupation. The organization’s ground-breaking work has earned its founders a nomination for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

Qassem and Netta will give three presentations, each free and open to the public:
Tuesday May 1, 6-8 pm at Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester.
Wednesday May 2, 6:30-8:30 pm at Concord Universalist Unitarian Church, 274 Pleasant St., Concord.
Thursday May 3, 6:30-8:30 pm at Portsmouth Public Library, Levenson Room, 175 Parrott Ave, Portsmouth.

Qassem and Netta will share their personal stories of transformation and will describe their work to bring peace to their respective homelands. The presentations will include a 25-minute clip of the award-winning documentary Disturbing the Peace [], the full version of which played to a sold-out audience at Concord’s Red River Theater on December 3rd.

This program offers a rare opportunity to meet people on opposing sides of conflict who have learned to honor both their own and their enemies’ narrative in order to work towards their common goal of a just and lasting peace. Audience members will have opportunities to ask questions of the presenters and to put themselves in the shoes of the “other” as a first step in understanding the other side’s perspective. A moderator will ensure that the discussion remains respectful, flows smoothly, and affords spaciousness for everyone who wishes to participate in the conversation.

Sponsored by NH Friends of Combatants for Peace, J Street, The Portsmouth Public Library, NH Peace Action Education Fund, World Affairs Council, NH Veterans for Peace, South Church Social Justice Associates, Palestine Education Network, Building a Culture of Peace Forum, and The Compassionate Listening Project.

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