“Understanding the Gaza Crisis”
A presentation and Q & A with Phyllis Bennis, author, activist, and fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, followed by an Arabic musical performance by Simon Shaheen, an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the 'oud and violin. Ticket sales and a portion of book sales will be donated to the Middle East Children’s Alliance, a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization.
With horrifying images bombarding our news screens and social media feeds, it is difficult to determine the reality of the current Gaza crisis. With over 1,300 deaths confirmed since Israel’s current attacks began on July 8th and millions of American tax dollars spent, the importance of uncovering the truth is mounting for many Americans. With so many conflicting opinions everywhere, the Odyssey Bookshop invites the public to an evening with world-renowned writer and analyst from the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. Proceeds from ticket and book sales will be donated to the Middle East Children’s Alliance, a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization that sends aid, supports humanitarian projects for children, and educates North American and international communities about the effects of the US foreign policy on children in the region. Additional donations will also be welcome. The evening will conclude with the unifying and therapeutic force of music, performed by internationally renowned oud player and educator Simon Shaheen.
Fellow Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She has been a writer, analyst, and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years. In 2001 she helped found and remains on the advisory board of the US Campaign to End Israeli Occupation. She writes and speaks widely across the US and around the world as part of the global peace movement. She continues to serve as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East and UN democratization issues. Phyllis Bennis is the author of eight books including Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer.
Simon Shaheen dazzles his listeners as he deftly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and Western classical styles. His soaring technique, melodic ingenuity, and unparalleled grace have earned him international acclaim as a virtuoso on the 'oud and violin. Shaheen is one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers, and composers of his generation. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music, while it forges ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process. This unique contribution to the world of arts was recognized in 1994 when Shaheen was honored with the prestigious National Heritage Award at the White House.
Suggested ticket price $10 and can be purchased at the event or online below.
American Friends Service Committee, Western Mass Code Pink, and Interlink Publishing
Donations will be given to MECA: Middle East Children's Alliance (https://www.mecaforpeace.org/)