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When: September 17, 2015 5:00 – 7:30 pm

Where: Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 North Aurora street


Part one of the Ithaca Committee for Justice in Palestine’s two part series, Witness to Occupation.

Bassem Tamimi is an internationally recognized Palestinian human rights activist from the West Bank farming village of Nabi Selah, where weekly nonviolent demonstrations are held in opposition to illegal Israeli settlement construction and military occupation. Tamimi has been detained by the Israeli authorities over a dozen times, at one point spending three years in administrative detention without trial. In 1993, as a result of interrogation by the Israeli Shin Bet, he was left unconscious for eight days and partially paralyzed for months to follow. He has been described by the European Union as a “human rights defender”. Amnesty International has demanded his release as a “prisoner of conscious”. In 2013 Bassem Tamimi and his family were featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story. A few weeks ago on August 30, 2015, the Tamimi family and village of Nabi Selah made national US headlines when videos and photographs of Bassem’s wife daughter physically preventing the assault and arrest their son/brother by an Israeli soldier went viral over social media.

As part of his month long spring 2015 U.S. speaking tour, on September 17, 2015 Tamimi will visit Ithaca to speak about his village’s work for freedom and justice and the struggles his family and others in his village face from injuries and arrests by the Israeli military.

About the national speaking tour sponsors:

Jewish Voice for Peace is a national membership organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all the people of Israel and Palestine.

Friends of Sabeel — North America (FOSNA) is a Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through nonviolence and education.

Interfaith Peace-Builders mission is to give US citizens the opportunity to see and understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict firsthand and to empower these citizens to educate their local communities and advocate for better US foreign policy when they return to the US.

Local sponsors of Tamimi’s talk in Ithaca include: Ithaca Committee for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace – Ithaca, Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Dorothy Cotton Institute, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Ithaca Veterans for Peace, Amnesty International – Ithaca and more.

For more information about Bassem Tamimi and his month long US speaking tour, go to or contact Ariel Gold at

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