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Mark Braverman is Executive Director of Kairos USA, an ecumenical organization of churches in the U.S. founded in response to the Kairos call of the Palestinian Christians. In his presentation, he'll discuss Zionism and the State of Israel from a political and historical standpoint, as well as his own journey from being raised as a Zionist in a traditional Jewish home, to questioning the very fundamentals of Zionism as political ideology and theology.
A particular emphasis will be on dispelling the myth of a Jewish liberation movement with reality: A settler colonial project that both flagrantly violates international law and humanitarian norms and hijacks the Jewish faith. Mark will talk about the global network of church-related organizations that have responded to the Palestinian call, and discuss how Christians can deal with the charge that taking a stand against Israel’s human rights violations is anti-Semitic.
Mark is a Jewish American with deep family roots in the Holy Land. In his writing and speaking, Mark focuses on the role of religious beliefs and theology and the function of interfaith relations in the current search for a just peace between Israel and the Palestinians. He is Research Fellow in Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and has worked with church leaders from numerous traditions on their policies and actions with respect to Israel and Palestine. Mark has authored two books: Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land and A Wall in Jerusalem: Hope, Healing, and the Struggle for Justice in Israel and Palestine.
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