Ron Forthofer: Talks to focus on Iran, Israel

Two recent events have received lots of attention recently — the problematic US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal and the continuing long-term Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. Two upcoming sessions will help provide some context for these situations, their implications and ways of going forward.

On May 22, the Boulder Chapter of Veterans for Peace and the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center (RMPJC) will co-sponsor a discussion of the ongoing situation with Iran and some possible implications of the U.S. withdrawal from the deal. One of the speakers will be David Barsamian. The session begins at 7 p.m. in the Eaton Humanities Building, Room 150, on the CU Boulder campus.

On May 25, RMPJC will host a session with Ahmed Oudeh, founder of the Center for Freedom and Justice in Beit Ummar, a town northwest of Hebron in the West Bank. This center teaches the practice of non-violence, an approach currently being widely followed in Gaza and the West Bank. This session will begin at 7 p.m. in the Humanities Building, Room 250.

The Freedom and Justice Center stresses grassroots community empowerment with ongoing projects in Beit Ummar and surrounding communities focused on small farmers, youth and women. It works closely with Israelis who oppose the occupation and believe in rights for Palestinians.

Ron Forthofer

Longmont