HCEF International Symposium’s Program
Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:30am – 4:00pm
Jerusalem is the Holy City, sacred to the three monotheistic faiths of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. For Christians, Jerusalem animates their consciousness as she marks the location of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Retaining a strong presence and influence there are essential for safeguarding the Christian holy places and interests. For Jews, Jerusalem is tied to their religion and culture, symbolizing both connectedness and independence. Muslims associate Jerusalem with the Prophet Muhammad’s Night Journey on al-Buraq, his celebrated steed, from Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca to Al-Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem and his ascension to Heaven. Over the years, Jerusalem’s religious and spiritual importance has become enmeshed in national and political concerns as we witness today in Palestinian-Israeli relations.
This symposium will mainly focus on East Jerusalem and will provide details on the current and evolving conditions in the Holy City. It will explore practical ways by which resilient development could be stimulated through a robust economy, religious tourism, and infrastructural projects, as well as seek to identify opportunities to intensify regional and international support for East Jerusalem to safeguard its status and enhance its future.
|9:30 – 9:45 am||
|9:45 – 10:45am||
Jerusalem: A Status Report
Moderator: Sir Rateb Y. Rabie, KCHS, President/CEO of HCEF
Dr. Bernard Sabella, Executive Secretary of the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees of the Middle East Council of Churches
Fr. Michael McDonagh, Senior advisor to the Apostolic Administrator of the
|10:45 – 11:45am||
What Jerusalem Means to Us—Christian Perspectives and Reflections
Moderador: Elias G. Saboura, Esq. HCEF Board Member
Bishop Richard Graham: Bishop, Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod of
Ambassador David Mack, Rtd., Scholar, Middle East Institute, Elder, National Presbyterian Church, Washington DC,
Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., HCEF Co-founder, Distinguished Professor of Ethics
11:45 – 12:30pm
New Strategies for East Jerusalem: Palestinian Economy, Religious Tourism, and Developmental Projects
Moderator: Marwan Ahmad, President, The Arab American Business Council
|12:30 – 1:30pm||Lunch|
|1:30 – 1:45pm||
Message from the Catholic Archadices of Washington
|1:45pm – 2:00 pm||
“Judhuri” (My Roots): A Documentary by Loubna Turjuman
|2:00pm – 4:00pm||
Israel-Palestine, Jerusalem, and the Prospects of Peace: Regional and International Influences
The prospects of peace between Israel and Palestine are not on the near horizon. Israel continues to transform Jerusalem in its image. However, new regional and international realities are all around us, providing both challenges and opportunities. This roundtable will explore ways by which peace can inch forward.
Moderator: Dr. Saliba Sarsar: Chair, HCEF Research and Publication Committee & Professor of Political Science, Monmouth University
HE Ambassador Husam Zomlot: Head, PLO General Delegation to the United States
Mr. Khalil E. Jahshan: Executive Director, Arab Center Washington D.C. Inc.
Dr. James Zogby: President, Arab American Institute