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Monday, August 11 2014

"Understanding the Gaza Crisis" Event Wednesday

Adapted from an Odyssey Bookshop press release:

A presentation and Q & A with Phyllis Bennis, author, activist, and fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), followed by an Arabic musical performance by Simon Shaheen, an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the oud and violin will take place on Wednesday, August 13th, at 7pm, at the Odyssey Bookshop (9 College Street) in South Hadley.  Ticket sales and a portion of book sales will be donated to the Middle East Children’s Alliance, a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization.  Additional donations will also be welcome.

With horrifying images bombarding our news screens and social media feeds, it is difficult to determine the reality of the current Gaza crisis. With over 1,300 deaths confirmed since Israel’s current attacks began on July 8th, and millions of American tax dollars spent, the importance of uncovering the truth is mounting for many Americans.

Fellow Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She has been a writer, analyst, and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years. In 2001 she helped found, and remains on the advisory board of, the US Campaign to End Israeli Occupation. She writes and speaks widely across the US and around the world as part of the global peace movement. She continues to serve as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East and UN democratization issues. Phyllis Bennis is the author of eight books including Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer.

Simon Shaheen dazzles his listeners as he deftly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and Western classical styles. His soaring technique, melodic ingenuity, and unparalleled grace have earned him international acclaim as a virtuoso on the oud and violin. Shaheen is one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers, and composers of his generation. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music, while it forges ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process. This unique contribution to the world of art was recognized in 1994 when Shaheen was honored with the prestigious National Heritage Award at the White House.

The suggested ticket price for this fundraiser is $10 and the event is co-sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, Western Mass Code Pink, and Interlink Publishing.

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About the Middle East Children’s Alliance:

The Middle East Children’s Alliance is a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization that sends aid, supports humanitarian projects for children, and educates North American and international communities about the effects of U.S. foreign policy on children in the region.