A call to Washington, DC Arabs & Jews
to deepen and expand Dialogue
Thursday, March 18, 2004 thru Tuesday morning, March 23, 2004
Inspired by the occasion of the
Common Ground Awards Ceremony -- Thursday, March 18, 2004 -- Embassy of Austria, Washington, DC
by Search for Common Ground
to, among other recipients:
|Dr. Harold "Hal" Saunders|
receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award as
former U.S. diplomat, "the public peace process" pioneer,
president of the Int'l. Institute for Sustained Dialogue,
Director of Int'l Affairs at the Kettering Foundation,
former White House Nat'l Security Council Staff member,
Ass't Sec'y of State, Near Eastern & South Asian Affairs,
and facilitator of the Camp David Accords.
||Breaking the Ice|
receiving the Diplomacy through Sports Award as
the first Israeli-Palestinian expedition to Antarctice
in January 2004 to conquer a previously unclimbed peak and
name it the "Mountain of Israeli-Palestinian Friendship,"
providing an inspirational model, showing others that
cooperation and creating a shared future isn't "impossible"
but possible, desirable, and within our reach.
The Public Peace Process
"There are some things only governments can do,
such as negotiating binding agreements.
But there are some things that
only citizens outside government can do,
such as changing human relationships."
The Summit Statement
“We, the members of Breaking the Ice, the Israeli-Palestinian expedition to Antarctica, having reached the conclusion of a long journey by land and sea from our homes in the Middle East to the southernmost reaches of the earth, now stand atop this unnamed mountain. By reaching its summit we have proven that Palestinians and Israelis can cooperate with one another with mutual respect and trust. Despite the deep differences that exist between us, we have shown that we can carry on a sincere and meaningful dialogue. We join together in rejecting the use of violence in the solution of our problems and hereby declare that our peoples can and deserve to live together in peace and friendship. In expression of these beliefs and desires we hereby name this mountain “The Mountain of Israeli-Palestinian Friendship”.|
Libby and Len Traubman (Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue in California, traveling to DC), and Anas "Andy" Shallal (Mimi's Peace Cafe, downtown Washington) ask you in the larger Washington, DC community and nearby university students:
With representatives of "Breaking the Ice" in your midst
how would you like to come together to hear their stories, and
expand and deepen your local Dialogue process and community?
1. Watch the evolving calendar below on this Web page to see what unfolds.
2. Tell others about these days and gatherings.
3. Please e-mail or phone us with your ideas
about large events, small gatherings, meals in town, on Capitol Hill, on campuses,
and your desire to participate in specific activities.
Libby and Len Traubman|
1448 Cedarwood Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403
Tel: 650-574-8303 Fax: 650-573-1217
Washington, DC hotel: 202-234-7800
Andy "Anas" Shallal|
Mimi's American Bistro/Peace Cafe
2120 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
Cell: 703-220-7007 Tel/w: 202-464-6464 Tel/h: 703-425-1292
THURSDAY, MARCH 18
EveningCOMMON GROUND AWARDS CEREMONY
Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC
6:30pm - Cocktails & Buffet -- 8:00pm - Awards Ceremony
FRIDAY, MARCH 19
"BREAKING THE ICE" AT TEMPLE EMANUEL
6:30 pm Shabbat dinner -- 8:00 pm Shabbat services
Temple Emanuel, 10101 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, Maryland (Greater Washington, D.C.)
CONTACT: Rabbi Warren Stone -- Tel: 301-942-2000 -- RabbiStone@templeemanuelmd.org
SATURDAY, MARCH 20
Afternoon IN-HOME D.C. GATHERING FOR "BREAKING THE ICE"
including personal narratives and film from the historic expedition to Antarctica
2:00-4:00 pm -- Washington, DC -- Hosted by Judy and Gary Kopf, and Dina Abu-Ghaida and Saeed Abu-Elnaj
Contact Gary Kopf -- Gary.Kopff@aya.yale.edu
By invitation only
"BREAKING THE ICE" IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
Lessons from Israelis and Palestinians who Conquered a Mountain. . .Together
7:00-9:30 pm -- American University -- Washington, D.C.
Auditorium One -- Ward Circle Building -- Corner of Nebraska and Massachusetts Avenue
A public event with inspiring stories and visuals of "Breaking the Ice," the historic 2004 Palestinian-Israeli
cooperative expedition to Antarctica to conquer and name a previously unclimbed mountain
narrated by adventurers Palestinian Olfat Haider, and Jewish Heskel Nathaniel and Doron Erel, and with
Dr. Hal Saunders, pioneer of the public peace process and Sustained Dialogue.
** Audience participation ** Refreshments provided **
SPONSOR: The Society for Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University
CONTACT: Jennifer Chiodo: Jennifer.Chiodo@American.edu -- 203-687-6020
Sarah Ahmed: Sarah.Ahmed@american.edu -- 301-537-7440
Sariel Ende: SarielE@hotmail.com -- 301-294-1517
DRIVING DIRECTIONS to AU are at http://www.american.edu/maps/ .
SUNDAY, MARCH 21
Morning and early afternoon
SUNDAY MORNING IN-HOME GATHERING
9:00 am - 12:00 Noon -- The residence of Anas "Andy" Shallal -- Tel: 703-220-7007
1440 Chuirch Street NW, #601 -- between DuPont and Logan Circles -- Washington, DC (map)
PLEASE RSVP: AShallal@cox.net or LTraubman@igc.org
A more personal, in-depth exchange among those who are very interested in:
A. Deepening in authentic, sustained Palestinian-Jewish Dialogue
B. Brainstorming how the "Breaking the Ice" story can be passed on worldwide
Fruits, bagels, juices, coffees
Sunday afternoon the "Breaking the Ice" people will depart Washington, Doron and Olfat for Israel,
Heskel and Torsten for New York.
MONDAY, MARCH 22
Morning -- Lunch and assimilation with Anas Shallal of Mimi's Peace Cafe in Washington, DC.
Afternoon and Evening -- In-office, then dinner, meeting with Dr. Harold Saunders at the Kettering Institute to
talk about the future of Dialogue, his International Institute for Sustained Dialogue campus groups, and
participation together in the October 23-26, 2004 Second National Conference on Dialogue and
Deliberation in Denver, Colorado.
TUESDAY, MARCH 23
Morning -- Re-visit the Abraham Lincoln Memorial to remember that this truly is, in Saunders' words,
"The Citizens' Century" -- "of the people, by the people, and for the people."