Three women, three faiths, one shared vision
3/4/2004 3:36:17 PM
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Three women of Jerusalem --- one Christian, one Muslim and one Jewish -- will share their experiences and hopes for a just peace in a special presentation on Friday, March 19th at 3:00PM in Room 315 of the Martin Science Building on the campus of Randolph-Macon Woman's College. The event is free and open to the public.
The three women -- Nahla Assali, a Muslim Palestinian; Dr. Nuha Khoury, a Christian Palestinian; and Jewish Israeli Michal Sagi -- are traveling together in the United States for 17 days to demonstrate that peace is possible between Palestinians and Israelis despite the violence that has plagued the region for so long.
A Muslim Palestinian, Nahla Assalli was born in West Jerusalem in 1938. In 1948, after the Deir Yassin massacre, her father sent the family to live in Damascus. They were never allowed to return to their original home in West Jerusalem. She is a refugee registered with the United Nations.
Dr. Nuha Khoury, a Christian Palestinian, was born in Jerusalem and lives and works today in Bethlehem. Her family's roots date back to the early Christian community in Palestine. She is the Deputy Director of the Dar al-Kalima Academy, where she administers programs, raises funds, and gives lectures to visiting groups on the current political situation, Islamic history, and Palestinian women.
Jewish Israeli Michal Sagi is the daughter of Israeli-born parents of European descent. She was raised in Haifa and currently lives in Jerusalem. For the past seven years, Ms. Sagi has worked at Melitz, an organization providing informal educational services to Israelis and Diaspora Jews. She is actively involved with Checkpoint Watch, a women's human rights monitoring group that reports on its observations at Israeli military and police checkpoints in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
The program is sponsored by Partners for Peace and Randolph-Macon Woman's College. For more information, contact R-MWC International Programs Advisor Tina Johnson at 434-947-8285, or Susanne Waldorf at Partners for Peace at 202-863-2951.
CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of Communications