Carlow University Hosts Panel Discussion of Israeli-Palestinian Activists

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UCER For Immediate Release
Andrew Wilson, Director of Media Relations February 26, 2014
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Carlow University to Host Panel Discussion of Israeli-Palestinian Activists on Monday, March 3
OneVoice Panel Discussion Sponsored by Political Science Department and Campus Ministry

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Carlow University will host a cross-cultural dialogue for students featuring two youth activists – one from Israel and one from Palestine – from the grassroots organization, OneVoice, who will discuss “Why Negotiations Will Only Succeed with Civil Society Support, ” on Monday, March 3, 2014, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Campus Assembly Room, located in Frances Warde Hall on the Carlow campus.

The activists – Obada Shtaya from Nablus, Palestine, and Mattan Peretz from Jerusalem, Israel – will share their feelings about the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, as well as their hopes and beliefs that a two-state solution can end the conflict.   The activists will be joined by Carlow alumna, Melinda Ward, Class of 2012, who will add her perspective from her experience as part of the Inner-Faith Peace Builders delegation.

“We feel it is important for Carlow students to be part of this discussion to understand how civile society can enhance American policy initiatives,” said Sandi DiMola, JD, an assistant professor of political science at Carlow.

OneVoice is a youth-driven grassroots movement that works in parallel in Israel and Palestine to mobilize ordinary citizens to advocate for an end to the occupation and the conflict and to achieve a two-state solution.

With offices in Ramallah and Tel Aviv, the bulk of OneVoice’s work is designed and executed in the Middle East, however, throughout the year OneVoice’s International Engagement Program organizes speaking tours across the United States to connect American students and community members to the voices of ordinary Israeli and Palestinian citizens.


Editor’s Note: 
The news media is welcome to cover the panel discussion.  Please contact Drew Wilson on his cell (412.260.6807) to arrange convenient, free parking.

About Carlow University
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carlow University was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929. Offering both undergraduate and graduate programs, Carlow University is a comprehensive master's institution dedicated to learner-centered education at the collegiate levels and at the elementary school level in the Campus School of Carlow University.