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Voices of Cleveland's Palestinian Community

Politics & Public Policy

Voices of Cleveland's Palestinian Community

Tuesday, June 25, 2024
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Doors at 11:15am / Lunch at 11:30am / Forum begins 12:00pm

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"In [this] environment it becomes very difficult for Palestinians to have voice in this dialogue at all." – Shereen Naser, Ph.D.

For generations, leadership in Cleveland’s Arab-American community have been working to advance equity and peace for Palestinians, and others, in both our city and the region. But the current round of hostilities and headlines coming out of Gaza has put their cause front and center. To date, more than 36,000 Palestinians—more than half of which were women and children—have perished in Israel’s military response to the October 7, 2023 deadly attack by Hamas.

Across the country, diverse sectors of advocates have demonstrated on college campuses and spoke out at public events to draw attention to the plight in Gaza. This includes Cleveland, where a repeated call for a ceasefire was won in March. Still, at the heart of it all, is the local Palestinian community, neighbors and coworkers, who are grappling with grief and worry of losing family and loved ones; as well as navigating a documented increase in anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian, and anti-Muslim hate and sentiment across the country.

We invite you to hear from key leadership in Cleveland’s Arab-American community who hold Palestinian heritage on how their community is faring, and what is needed to move toward equity and peace.

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The livestream will be available beginning at 12:00pm. Have questions? Send a text to 330.541.5794.

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