WASHINGTON DC-Three women, who are living the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, will share their experiences and hopes for a just peace at the 6th International HCEF Conference, Friday, October 22. They have witnessed the deterioration around them over the past four years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting and have made a commitment to address American audiences about their hopes for the future and what must be done to improve today’s grim situation.

WASHINGTON DC-Three women, who are living the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, will share their experiences and hopes for a just peace at the 6th International HCEF Conference, Friday, October 22. They have witnessed the deterioration around them over the past four years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting and have made a commitment to address American audiences about their hopes for the future and what must be done to improve today’s grim situation.

“These three women, with different faiths, share a common vision that transcends the conflict that separates them.  This proves that peace is possible if we focus on what is good for all the people of the Holy Land,” commented Rateb Rabie, HCEF President.

These women – Christian, Muslim, and Jewish – are uniting with the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation in their vision for peace.  These women, who have never met, are willing to share with HCEF conference participants to address realities of the conflict – loss of family homes, persecution, occupation, violence, and the separation barrier currently being constructed in the West Bank.  They are speaking in unity to demonstrate that in spite of difficulty peace is possible.

Partners for Peace, an NGO based in Washington, DC, is co-sponsoring this part of the conference.  Its mission is to help bring about a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

WHO: Gila Svirsky- Jewish, Israeli; Marianne Albina- Christian, Palestinian; Hidaya Said Najmi Muslim, Palestinian
WHAT:  Jerusalem Women Speak:  Three women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision
WHEN: Friday, October 22, 3:45 PM
WHERE: The 6th International Conference at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave., NW, DC
INFO:   http://www.hcef.org/index.cfm/ID/187.cfm

For a full schedule of the “Three Jerusalem Women” tour, please see the Partners for Peace website: www.partnersforpeace.org.

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The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, Inc. (HCEF) is a non-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization that provides support to the Christians of the Holy Land who live in Christian communities dating back in time to those who first heard Jesus Christ preach his gospel.  HCEF sponsors programs that support children’s education, create housing, and provide work programs for community development and indigenous handicrafts.  HCEF Pilgrimages enable Western Christians to develop bonds of solidarity with their Christian brothers and sisters living in the Holy Land.