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WASHINGTON - "Jerusalem - The Embodiment or the Counter-Paradigm of the Clash of Civilizations?"

Program features top experts on Jerusalem and Middle East affairs Danny Seidemann, Nazmi Jubeh, and Gregory Khalil

Americans for Peace Now and the Foundation for Middle East Peace invite you to:

Jerusalem - The Embodiment or the Counter-Paradigm of the Clash of Civilizations?

Understanding Jerusalem as both a key in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and as a focal point in the religious and historical narratives of Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike.

A briefing by the top experts on Jerusalem and Middle East affairs

Thursday, February 28th, 10-11:30am
U.S. House of Representatives
Rayburn House Office Building Room 2255


Danny Seidemann is an Israeli lawyer and legal counsel to Ir Amim, an Israeli organization concerned with the future of Jerusalem. He is widely recognized as the foremost expert on Jerusalem's municipal operations, planning, resource allocation, residency rights and property management. His connections throughout the city provide him with the data that for years have made him an invaluable resource for U.S. policy makers, diplomats and journalists alike. Seidemann has appeared before the Supreme Court of Israel on numerous occasions on Jerusalem-related issues.

Nazmi Jubeh, PhD, is the Co-Director of Riwaq: Centre for Architectural Conservation and Lecturer in the Departments of History inBirzeit University and al-Quds University. His research melds archeology, history, politics and architecture. He completed initial studies in Middle Eastern Studies and archaeologies at Birzeit University and received both a Masters degree in oriental studies and archeology and a PhD in archeology and history from the University of Tubingen in Germany. From 1991 to 1993 he was a member of the Palestinian delegation to the Bilateral Peace Negotiations in Washington DC. From 1997 to 1999 he was the Chairman of the Department of History at Birzeit University. Jubeh is well known in his expertise on Jerusalem in general and the holy sites in particular, serving as an advisor to the Palestinian Authority on Jerusalem. Jubeh also currently serves on the board of trustees of several cultural institutions in Jerusalem. He has published several books and large number of articles on history, archaeology, politics and architecture.

Gregory Khalil is a lawyer and was a legal advisor with the Negotiations Support Unit (NSU) from 2004 through January, 2008. The NSU is an international organization based in Ramallah that provides legal, policy and communications advice to the Palestinian leadership on peace negotiations with Israel. At the NSU, Mr. Khalil worked on a variety of issues-including Israel's construction of a barrier in the West Bank and Israel's unilateral evacuation of its settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005-that might impact prospects for peace and a viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has lectured widely on the conflict and most recently was an official member of the Palestinian delegation to the U.S.-sponsored peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland in November, 2007. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and received his J.D. from Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a member of the State Bar of California. Born and raised in San Diego, California, much of Mr. Khalil's family resides in Beit Sahour, a predominately Christian town near Bethlehem.