“Let us work together to replace despair with HOPE, fear with human SECURITY and humiliation with DIGNITY”

17th International Conference Press Release


The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation
Invites You to the 17th International Conference & Awards Banquet

 Register HERE!  

This year’s Conference will feature a live exhibit of Palestinian artifacts and compelling panel discussions, including:

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 Bethlehem Museum Exhibit:
Treasures of Palestine

See expertly crafted mother of pearl and olive wood works, brilliant iconography, a replica of the oldest known mosaic map of the Holy Land, and rare traditional dresses of Palestine from the Munnayer collection, among other treasured artifacts. Learn more by visiting: bethlehemmuseum.com

 Reclaiming a Palestinian Village
Destroyed in 1948

Learn the story of Iqrit, one of 534 villages destroyed in 1948. Palestinians are currently challenging Israel’s legal system so they can restore their community in Iqrit.

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Human Rights Violations
in the Holy Land

Discover how Israel continues the construction of its separation wall, now through the Cremisan Valley, effectively seizing land owned by generations of Palestinian families. We must join our voices with theirs against injustice.

Muslims and Christians in Solidarity Against Religious Persecution

Learn about the essential role of interfaith initiatives to address crises throughout the Middle East. Muslims and Christian stand together for justice, peace and coexistence.

Join Our Movement!

Palestinians live in constant struggle from the occupation and surrounding regional crises, yet they find ways to thrive and raise their voices for justice, peace and coexistence. HCEF’s 17th International Conference will feature a range of compelling panel discussion relevant to the issues Palestinians face along with their brothers and sisters throughout the Middle East. The Conference will take place on Saturday, October 17th 2015 from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm, at the Washington Marriot Georgetown on 1221 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC. 

HCEF will also hold its Awards Banquet the preceding evening, October 16th, in the same venue. The distinguished recipients and their awards are:


Faith and Tolerance Award

Dr. Sayyid m. Syeed, National Direcotr of the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

The HCEF Award

Dr. Saliba Sarsar, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Monmouth University,Chair of HCEF’s Research and Publications Committee

Living Stones Award

Society of St. Yves,

Catholic Center for Human Rights, Jerusalem

Faith and Tolerance Award

Anne-Elisabeth Giuiliani, Historian, Researcher and Chaplain at Georgetown University, Translator and Interpreter

KTH Youth Achievement

Award: Chiara J. CardonePalestinian Youth Advocate and Consultant of Know Thy Heritage


For more information on the award recipients, click HERE


The Conference will also feature an array of outstanding speakers, including:

Stephen B. Corbin, D.D.S., M.P.H., Former Special Olympics Senior Vice President of Community Impact and Support; Saliba Sarsar, PhD, Professor of Political Science, Monmouth University; Fr. Michael McDonagh, International Advisor to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, HCEF Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member; Mazin Qumsiyeh, Ph.D, FABM, Professor & Director, Cytogenetics Lab, Palestine Museum of Natural History, Bethlehem University; Dr. Sayyid Sayeed, National Director of the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); Bishop Knestout, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington; Dr. James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute; Adv. Raffoul Rofa, LL.M., Director of the Society of St. Yves; Shadia Sbait, Co-Founder and General Coordinator of Iqrit Community Center; Media Marketing Specialist at the MOFET Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel; Rana Shouman, Pharmacists, Mercy Hospital, and Know Thy Heritage Alumni; Rami Ayyub, Former Program and Financial Analyst at Lockheed Martin, and Know Thy Heritage Alumni;  and Khalil Jashan, Executive Director of Arab Center Washington DC, Inc.


Registration is now open and you do not want to miss out, so register today! If you are a student or member of the clergy, you can request a scholarship to cover the cost of attending the conference by filling out this scholarship form.


For more information on the Conference, please click on any of the links below:

Online Registration

Conference Page      Register by Mail or Fax   Scholarships  
 2015 Awardees     Conference Program    Speaker Biographies
Hotel Information    Honorary Committee  KTH Dinner & Social

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