Amplifying Mideast Peace
By Guest Contributor on Friday, September 27th, 2013
Security, water rights, settlement and refugee issues are some of the complications that have fueled the decades long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, in the midst of all the hostility, there are people and organizations practicing peace-building and trying to find solutions leading to a final peace agreement. Some of these organizations are planning an upcoming rally in Washington, D.C.
The “Amplify Peace: Rally and Candlelight Vigil Celebration” will take place on October 1st from 5:30-8:00pm at Lafayette Park, north of the White House. One of the main goals of the event is to promote public support for a two-state solution. The gathering is sponsored by the Middle East Peace Working Group, along with multiple other co-sponsors.
This is the first rally planned by this coalition of sponsors and according to Chic Dambach (Colombia 1967-69), former President of the National Peace Corps Association and spokesman for the event. Dambach says music will be provided by legendary folksinger Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary). Speakers include Harriet Fulbright, Princess Basmah bint Saud, Marcia Dyson (Ambassador at Large for the Global Campaign for Middle East Peace), Bassam Aramin, and Robi Damelin. Several members of Congress have also been invited to the gathering.
Dambach, who helped lead the design for the event, says he is thrilled to have so many diverse organizations co-sponsoring it. Sponsoring organizations include the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, The Parents Circle-Families Forum and the Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community are all taking part in this celebration.
These Middle East Peace Working Group contends an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict comes with a two-state solution. “We affirm with urgency that Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace is more vital than ever.”
As our Peace Corps experiences have taught us, it takes time, patience, understanding and determination to find solutions. Those who wish to become more involved in peace-building initiatives are encouraged to attend the October 1st rally and vigil.
(Thanks to Advocacy Intern Grace Leuck for this submission)