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Jerusalem Women Speak: Partners for Peace Tour Comes to AU

WHAT:   “Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision” -- Muslim, Jewish, and Christian women offer perspectives on coping with war and building peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

WHO: Enas Muthaffar, Palestinian Muslim filmmaker from Jerusalem

- Julia Chaitin, Israeli Jewish educator from Negev, Israel

- Lucy Talgeih, Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem who specializes in conflict resolution       
WHEN:  5:30–7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 5   

WHERE:  School of International Service Lounge, American University
               4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

MEDIA: Jon Hussey, AU Media Relations (202) 885-5935 or

WASHINGTON, D.C.—American University will host a Partners for Peace speaking tour featuring three women of different faiths from Jerusalem on Wednesday, November 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the School of International Service Lounge.  During the tour, which will span seven states in three weeks, Enas Muthaffar, Julia Chaitin, and Lucy Talgeih will offer their perspectives on how to cope with the war while building peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Talgeih is a Palestinian Christian who serves as project coordinator for women and youth at the Wi’am Center for Conflict Resolution in Bethlehem, an organization that empowers women and youth through training and education.  Taleigh earned her MA in human rights and democracy at Bier Zeit University in Palestine in 2008.

Chaitin was born in America, but moved to Israel in 1972.  An Israeli Jew who lives on a Kibbutz, or farming community, in the Negev, she is also a mother of three. She holds a doctorate in social psychology and has completed postdoctorates in conflict resolution and peace-building.

Muthaffar, a Palestinian Muslim living in Jerusalem, is an independent filmmaker.  She graduated from the Higher Institute of Cinema in Cairo, Egypt, and earned her MA in media arts and film from Goldsmiths College in London.  Her company, Jerusalem First Films, has produced several films, including Occupizion (2007), A World Apart in 15 Minutes (2006), and East to West (2005).

Partners for Peace’s mission is to help bring about a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is its 15th tour since 2008.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.