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College Program to Address 'Is Peace Possible in the Holy Land?'

WC Awarded $2,000 from U.S. Institute of Peace in Support of Public Education for Peace-building

January 31, 2013

Two individuals that believe a nonviolent solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is possible will speak at Wilmington College Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the McCoy Room of Kelly Center.

WC’s Honors program, with support from the United States Institute of Peace, is sponsoring “An Evening with Bart Campolo and Jamal Shehade: Is Peace Possible in the Middle East—And Why Does it Matter to Me?”

Shehade is an Arab Christian Palestinian whose family runs The House of Grace, a halfway house for ex-prisoners in Haifa, the largest city in northern Israel, while Campolo is national outreach director of the Telos Group, whose mission is to strengthen the capacity of American faith communities to help positively transform the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Michael Snarr, professor of social and political studies and director of the Honors Program, said the event promises to be enlightening and informational, as both men possess “impressive backgrounds and perspectives” from which to address this topic.

“Though the Israeli-Palestinian issue is a critical issue to Middle Eastern politics, as well as global politics, few U.S. citizens have an informed understanding of history and current state of affairs,” Snarr said. “The audience will gain a deeper understanding, not only of the Holy Land’s peoples and cultures, but also of the vital U.S. interest in achieving a just and viable solution to the conflict while the opportunity still exists.”

(LEFT) Bart Campolo

Campolo will have recently returned from spending two weeks in Israel/Palestine working in his role with the Telos Group.

Telos’ vision is security, freedom, and dignity for every human being in the Holy Land, and its belief is that a two-state solution supported by the United States is the only viable way to realize that vision.

“In other words, we at Telos are genuinely pro-Israeli, pro-Palestinian, pro-American, and pro-peace, all at the same time,” Campolo said.

U.S. Institute of Peace awarded the College $2,000 for its pubic program and an associated one involving local pastors as part of USIP’s Public Education for Peace-building Support Initiative.

USIP President Jim Marshall said the organization is pleased to support entities like Wilmington College for their “contributions to the national conversation around international conflict — and methods for resolving those conflicts nonviolently.”

The U.S. Congress created USIP to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. Its headquarters is in Washington D.C. with offices in Baghdad and Kabul.