Friends for Peace

Following is a special opportunity to participate in a UN Committee discussion regarding the settlement policies on the Palestinian population.  Do take time to read the following information and join the Zoom meeting if you can.


We also hope you can join us for the event at the Marathon County Library on Tuesday, July 25 at 6 pm for a presentation and discussion by our honored guests, Karen and Tom Getman who have devoted their lives to advocacy for peace in Palestine and Israel.


This UN event will be livestreamed as outlined below.


“The impact of Israeli settlement policies on the Palestinian population in Jerusalem”

Convened by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) in cooperation with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

Thursday, 20 July 2023, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (NY time)



The Committee, in cooperation with the OIC, will hold the International Conference on the Question of Jerusalem under the theme “The impact of Israeli settlement policies on the Palestinian population in Jerusalem” on 20 July 2023, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (New York Time), via Zoom. The event will also be livestreamed on UN Web TV.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, the forced displacement of Palestinians from their homes and lands around the time of the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. Since then, the Israeli occupation, through the ongoing dispossession of Palestinians in the occupied territory including East Jerusalem, has prevented the attainment of a just and lasting solution of the Palestinian cause.

The event aims at raising awareness with international audiences – Member States, civil society, the public and the media about the ongoing Israel’s settlement expansion resulting in human rights violations and demographic changes that continue to threaten the presence of Palestinian Jerusalemites in the City.

The event will consist of an opening session with remarks by the Chair of the Committee, a UN Senior Official, a Senior representative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation as well as the Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine.

The panel conversation will include Mr. Munir Nuseibah, Director of Al-Quds Human Rights Clinic and Community Action Centre, will discuss will Best legal practices for Palestinians in Israeli Courts: The cases of Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods; Ms. Dalit Baum, Co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation will present the topic of Dispossession through bureaucracy in East Jerusalem and Importance of economic activism to counter Israeli settlements policies; Mr. Josh Ruebner, Director of Government Relations at the Institute for Middle East Understanding will offer a perspective on Congressional advocacy around the settlements expansion. Ms. Nur Arafeh, Fellow at the Malcom H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Centre will join as Discussant to enrich the debate. A Question-and-Answer session will follow.

Participants in the Zoom event will consist of the invited panelists, Committee Members/ Observers and other Member States. Intergovernmental and civil society organizations as well as the public and the media will be invited to follow the live stream via UN Web TV. While participation in the virtual platform will be limited to UN Member and Observer States as well as the panelists, IGOs, CSOs and the general public can send their questions in advance and during the event via the Committee Facebook pageTwitter account, the email and via WhatsApp (+1 646 421 0579).

Viewers are encouraged to use the hashtag #Rights4Palestine on their social media and to tag the Committee’s social media pages using Twitter & Instagram: @UNISPAL, Facebook: @UN.palestinianrights.

Watch the live stream on UN Web TV: