AN ISRAELI-ARAB PEACE ACTIVIST SPEAKS OUT ABOUT THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT

05/30/06

Elias Jabbour, an Arab, Israeli, Christian, citizen of Israel, was born in Palestine in 1935. Mr. Jabbour has been for more than three decades one of the most articulate voices for peace and reconciliation in the Middle East. In 1978, Elias and his wife Heyam founded the "House of Hope International Peace Center," the first Arab initiated center for peace in the Middle East. Located in the Galilean town of his birth, "Shefa-Amer" (Shefar'Am in Hebrew), the center has for the past twenty-six years served as a forum for dialogue between Jews, Christians, Moslems, Druze and all others concerned with issues of conflict resolution and peaceful co-existence between persons of differing political, ethnic, religious and national origins.

Jabbour spoke with WMNF's Rob Lorei about the rights of Arab citizen's in Israel, the wall/fence that is under construction, Hams' election victory last year, the recent Israeli Supreme court decision denying the right of couples from Israel and the occupied territories to live together and the new peace group The Abrahamic Reunion.

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