Water is Life (Maia Project: Bringing Clean Water to the Children of Palestine)

Water is Life (Maia Project: Bringing Clean Water to the Children of Palestine)

Most of us in the Pacific Northwest are able to turn on our water tap to receive clean, safe water for consumption and bathing. This is not true in many places throughout world. The Center for Disease Control considers access to safe drinking water a human right, not a privilege, for every man, woman, and child to have access to clean water and sanitation services.

On November 16th, on ZOOM, from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm Pacific, Zeiad Abbas Shamrouch, the Executive Director of MECA (Middle East Children’s Alliance) will present a program on Water for Gaza. Zeiad is a Palestinian refugee from Dheisheh Refugee Camp which lies outside Bethlehem on the West Bank. He is the co-founder of the Ibdaa, the Cultural Center in Dheisheh, a filmmaker, journalist and educator who worked with Palestinian and international media on the production of several documentary films. He co-produced and managed production of Promises, a 2002 Academy Award nominated film.

On November 16th, Mr. Shamrouch will share a short video and PowerPoint in his presentation demonstrating how Israel’s water policies have impacted Palestinian’s health, land, and livelihood and how the lack of access to water poses a threat for the upcoming generation of Palestinian children. In addition, he will talk about what people can do and how they can support children’s access to water in Gaza, including additional information about the Maia Project. The Rev. Dr. Canon Richard Toll and The Rev. Dr. Constance Hammond will share observations from their experiences in Gaza.

REGISTER at https://forms.gle/w4rmUynKzD6pTfKXA to join the ZOOMINAR conversation and learn what you can do to support children’s access to water in Gaza, November 16, 7:00-8:30 pm Pacific.

Presented by the Task Force for Palestinian Human Rights, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon

DOING JUSTICE: Israel/Palestine Seminar

Our friends to the North, The Bishop’s Committee for Justice and Peace in the Holy Land, Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, have an excellent event coming up on Saturday, November 13. The Task Force for Palestinian Human Rights, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, highly recommends the conference. You may attend online or in person at St. Mark’s Cathedral – Bloedel Hall 1245 10th Ave E. Seattle, WA 98102. For the nicely formatted version of the flyer, CLICK HERE or read the plain text below. Attached is a link to the flyer for you to share as well.


DOING JUSTICE: Israel/Palestine

Grounded in our belief that peace in Israel/Palestine cannot exist without justice for all – Israelis and Palestinians: Jews, Muslims, and Christians – this seminar will examine why and how we, as American citizens, must seek effective ways to end U.S. complicity in the dispossession and human rights violations of a people living under Israeli military and civil control. We will look at present living conditions for Palestinians in the occupied territories, as well as the legalization of an apartheid system of discriminatory laws that deny basic political rights, including peaceful protest. The current “facts on the ground,” costs of maintaining the status quo, its harm to immediate and long-term US, Palestinian and Israeli interests, and how each of us can make a difference will be addressed by:


  • Brian Baird, Ph.D., former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, will explore the role of Congress, the

influence of special interests, faith-based organizations and the media, and examine the moral imperative for

Palestinian advocacy.


  • Mark Braverman, Ph.D., Jewish American psychologist and author, co-founder of Friends of Tent of Nations North America and Executive Director of Kairos USA, will focus on antisemitism and the role of theology in the current discourse.


  • Cindy Corrie, President of the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, will offer practical information on how to advocate both locally and nationally and how to overcome common myths and misperceptions that stand in the way.


  • John McKay, J.D., former US attorney for Western WA, coordinator for a State Department rule of law project in the West Bank and professor of constitutional and national security law, will examine Palestinian life under

occupation through the lens of Israeli, U.S. and international law.


  • Alice Rothchild, MD, author, filmmaker and retired professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard Medical

School, will discuss the current critical medical crisis and obstacles to access of radiation treatment, cancer drugs and Covid vaccines in Gaza and the West Bank.


  • Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Palestinian American whose life and work crosses cultural, geographic and political

borders, essayist, and author of Water and Salt, winner of the 2018 Washington State Book Award for Poetry, will share snapshots of the daily lives of Palestinian families.


In-person attendance (includes lunch): $20

Students: $10

Online attendance: $10


To register CLICK HERE

Attendees will be required to follow current King County and Diocese of Olympia guidelines for indoor gatherings; at this time those guidelines require attendees to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test and to wear a mask.


For questions contact: bishopscommittee@gmail.com


Presented by: The Bishop’s Committee for Justice and Peace in the Holy Land, Diocese of Olympia


When: Saturday, November 13, 9 am – 4 pm

Where: St. Mark’s Cathedral – Bloedel Hall

1245 10th Ave E. Seattle, WA 98102

Seeking Truth and Justice in Palestine-Israel

Introductory series, described in more detail below, presented both by live stream and in person, on Thursday evenings, October 14 and 28 and November 4, from 7:00 to 8:30 central time, discussing the current conditions on the ground in Palestine/Israel, where the struggle over land and water has led to on-going abuse of human rights and loss of life and livelihood. Our speakers will describe the current conditions on the ground, illuminate the history and sources of violence, and explore ways that we as Christians can contribute to the search for peace with justice. Discussion will follow presentations.

Registration is required at https://bit.ly/palestineevent to attend the remaining sessions in person or via live-stream. Those attending virtually will receive the livestream links a day or two in advance of each remaining session. Everyone who registers will receive suggestions for background resources. (Anyone who has difficulty in completing the registrations for these programs can call the church office to get assistance at 312-944-1083.)

Remaining programs:

October 14: A Brief History of Palestine/Israel
Iymen Chehade is Lecturer on Palestine, Columbia College and School of the Art Institute-Chicago and founder of Uprising Theater, which aims to amplify voices of Palestinians and other marginalized groups.

October 28: A Jewish Perspective on Palestine/Israel and Zionism
Rabbi Brant Rosen is Rabbi and founder of Tzedek Chicago and co-founder of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council.

November 4: How Christians Can Contribute to the Search for Peace with Justice
Canon Naim Ateek is a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, co-founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center-Jerusalem, and co-author of Kairos Palestine.

A recording will soon be available of the September 30 program:
Current Conditions in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem

Contact name
John McLees