Jun 102022
Alison Weir

Join us on June 16, 6:00 pm MDT, with Alison Weir, Executive Director of If Americans Knew, as she speaks on “What is the Israel lobby, and how is it damaging Americans?”

This live event will be held in Helena, Montana at the Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S Last Chance Gulch.

Journalist and Historian Alison Weir is Executive Director of If Americans Knew (https://www.ifamericaknew.org/) and President of the Council for the National Interest (https://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/), both of which are co-sponsors of this June 16th Zoom event along with Helena SERPAJ. Weir also edits the Israel-Palestine News: https://israelpalestinenews.org/

Alison Weir’s book Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel (https://againstourbetterjudgment.com/) documents the history of the Israel Lobby in the US and discusses the root of the current violence in Israel–Palestine, the distorted media coverage of the region, and why US taxpayers continue to send Israel $10.5 million in military aid every day (https://ifamericansknew.org/stat/usaid.html#pal)

More about Alison Weir and If American Knew (IAK) at:

May 282022
Mazin Qumsiyeh

On Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 8pm Montana time, Peacemaker Mazin Qumsiyeh of Occupied Bethlehem in Palestine, a Palestinian peace and justice and nonviolent liberation leader and courageous advocate of human rights for all, presented a talk entitled “A Palestinian Reflection on the State of Our Planet” — sponsored by the Helena Service for Peace and Justice. Recordings of the presentation are available at the links below.

May 182022
Mazin Qumsiyeh being held by Israeli soldiers

On Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 8pm Montana time Peacemaker Mazin Qumsiyeh of Occupied Bethlehem in Palestine, a Palestinian peace and justice and nonviolent liberation leader and courageous advocate of human rights for all, will present a talk entitled “A Palestinian reflection on the state of our planet.”

Mazin Qumsiyeh’s presentation is part of the “War and Peace” series organized by the Helena Service for Peace and Justice (SERPAJ). In 2013 Mazin Qumsiyeh, Palestinian peace and justice and nonviolent liberation leader, courageous advocate of human rights for all, was named recipient of the 2013 Montana Peace Seekers Network’s Peace Seeker of the Year Award (PDF file).

  • Time: 8:00 pm (Montana Time)
  • Place: Plymouth Congregational Church, corner of Oakes and Winne, Helena MT
  • Zoom Access: (meeting ID—813; passcode—449494

Mazin Qumsiyeh, Ph.D. was born to a Palestinian Christian family in the Shepherds’ Field (near Bethlehem). He formerly split his time between the USA and Palestine and is a U.S. citizen as well as a Palestinian. He now he lives and teaches in Palestine, and is active in the daily nonviolent liberation struggles and campaigns of the Palestinian people against the illegal and brutal Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land.

Qumsiyeh has served on the faculty of both Duke and Yale Universities, researching and teaching Genetics. He now teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in occupied Palestine. He has served as chair of the board of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People and as coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Sahour.

He is author of several books, including Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle (2004) and Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment (2011).

Aug 212014
Helena Community Dialogues: Gaza Attacks, Justice for Palestine, Israel’s Ongoing Military Occupation of Palestine

Monday, August 25

Thursday, August 28

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Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, August 25 at 7pm, Helena Library

Talk by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb: A Rabbi Speaks Out Against Israel’s Attacks on Gaza and Against the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territory (speaking via Skype) Lynn Gottlieb is founder and coordinator of Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence. Author of She Who Dwells Within: A Feminist Vision of Renewed Judaism, Lynn Gottlieb celebrates her 42th year in rabbinic service in 2014. Gottlieb lives in Berkeley, California, and is a storyteller, author, and peace activist who has received several human rights awards. Her writing appears in more than 40 publications, and she has performed her work throughout the world. She is cofounder of the Muslim-Jewish Peacewalk and was a founding elder of The Community of Living Traditions. According to her website:
Rabbi Gottlieb currently works with the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR, of which Helena SERPAJ has been a local chapter since 1994) as coordinator of the Interfaith Peacewalks project, a co-leader of Artist Delegations to Palestine, and as a contributing editor to Fellowship magazine. Lynn’s newest book is Trail Guide to the Torah of Nonviolence (2013, in French and English). Lynn Gottlieb’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lynn.gottlieb.12
From Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb’s website:
Gottlieb is a pioneer feminist rabbi, storyteller, percussionist, peace educator, writer, ceremonialist, community activist and clown. She is deeply committed to a life grounded in the creativity, joy and wisdom of the Torah (teachings) of Nonviolence. Her journey includes life long activism with The Fellowship of Reconciliation and ongoing pursuit of Israeli Palestinian conflict transformation based on principles of active nonviolence. Lynn served as a pulpit rabbi from 1973 to 1980 with Temple Beth Or of the Deaf and Mishkan, An Experimental Shul in NY and from 1981 to 2005 with Congregation Nahalat Shalom in Albuquerque, NM which she co-founded. Since 1964, Lynn has engaged in multifaith, intergenerational and multicultural organizing around issues of economic and racial justice, gender justice and ‘the demilitarization of land and life’. Lynn’s love of Jewish cultural and spiritual arts embodies her way of being Jewish in the world. The most common request Lynn hears? “Tell me a story!”
See Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb’s prayer for Gaza and Israel, a prayer that speaks the hearts of many who care about Gaza, Palestine and Israel.

Journalist Alison Weir, August 28 at 7pm, Helena Library

Journalist Alison Weir leads a Dialogue on the Gaza Attacks by Israel and war and media coverage. Alison Weir is founder of If Americans Knew and president of Council for the National Interest. If Americans Knew is an independent research and information-dissemination institute, with particular focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.