Monday, January 29, 2007

LA Event: Combatants for Peace

From the Levantine Cultural Center Calendar, noting especially the participation of Amy Wilentz (Rights Readers selection, Martyr's Crossing),
Jan. 31 (Wed), 8 pm—Combatants for Peace Elik Elhanan and Sulaiman Al Hamri with Amy Wilentz

Combatants For Peace is a group of Israelis and Palestinians (currently numbering 150) who previously were engaged in the cycle of violence between the two peoples. The Israelis are comprised exclusively of combat soldiers—including pilots, tank commanders, and members of elite commando units. The Palestinians have each participated in violent activities against Israeli targets, and have nearly all served time in Israeli prisons. After brandishing weapons for many years, these former combatants have realized the futility of the violence they have perpetrated on each other. In a unified voice, they have renounced violence and are calling for a peaceful resolution to the seemingly intractable conflict between their peoples. They hope to serve as an inspiration and example to those who continue to engage in violence, and they ultimately intend to influence their political leaders to meaningfully pursue peace.

Amy Wilentz, the former New Yorker correspondent in Jerusalem and author of the acclaimed novel Martyr's Crossing, will moderate a Q & A following a short film screening and presentation by Elhanan and Al Hamri.

A concert follows with Israeli composer and musician Yuval Ron, musical director of the Yuval Ron Ensemble, and Palestinian artist Saleem, a playwright and actor.

Magnin Auditorium at Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, 90049. This event is open to the public – free of charge. Space limited, RSVPs are required: 310.621.6654 or email your first/last name and phone number to register.
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