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Event 2/6: Jerusalem - Pulling the City Back From the Brink (Seidemann/Avni)

Foundation for Middle East Peace, Americans for Peace Now, Just Vision, and Telos Group invite you to attend:

Jerusalem - Pulling the city back from the brink


Danny Seidemann & Ronit Avni

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 | 12:30-2:00pm
Carnegie Endowment, Root Room,
1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC
A light lunch will be served.

The event will feature a screening of Just Vision's newest short film "My Neighbourhood," directed by Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi (25 minutes). This will be followed by a briefing and conversation about the urgent situation in East Jerusalem, the policies that have led to the current crisis, the efforts of Palestinian and Israeli activists to pull the city back from the brink, and the role of the Obama Administration in preventing developments in Jerusalem from destroying the chance for an equitable, sustainable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Speaker Bios

Danny Seidemann is an Israeli attorney and founder/director of the Israeli NGO Terrestrial Jerusalem. After litigating a variety of cases in Israeli courts and working for more than 20 years on the most sensitive issues related to Jerusalem, Danny has come to be universally regarded as the world's leading expert on geopolitical Jerusalem. His analysis is relied upon by negotiators and the international community. He is frequently cited in top Israeli, Arab and international media, and is a retired Reserve Major in Israel's Defense Forces.

Ronit Avni is an award-winning filmmaker and human rights advocate. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Just Vision, an organization dedicated to increasing media coverage and support for Palestinian and Israeli efforts to end the occupation and the conflict without arms. Ronit produced the film Budrus, which was hailed in The New York Times as "this year's must-see documentary." Ronit also directed and produced the critically acclaimed film Encounter Point. Her team has garnered awards at the Tribeca, Berlin, San Francisco, Silverdocs and Jerusalem film festivals. Previously, Ronit trained human rights defenders to incorporate film into their advocacy efforts while working at the human rights organization, WITNESS. She now sits on the WITNESS board. She is a Young Global Leader through the World Economic Forum and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Film

My Neighbourhoodchronicles the story of Mohammed El Kurd, a Palestinian teenager whose family is forced to share a section of their East Jerusalem home with Israeli settlers. When Israeli activists arrive in his neighborhood to join residents in protests against the settlements, Mohammed comes of age in the midst of unrelenting tension with his neighbors and unexpected cooperation with Israeli allies in his backyard. My Neighbourhood premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2012, and has since been screened at prominent venues including the Paley Center for Media, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the Al Jazeera International Film Festival and the European Parliament.

RSVP: email or call 202 835 3650