I am organizing a conference this week here in Seattle that will focus on all the issues surrounding the Gaza flotilla attack and siege, as they relate to U.S. policy and its magnificent failure (so far). I’ve joined together with SABEEL of Puget Sound to produce the event. We’ll have Prof. Steve Nivas of Evergreen College, who will speak to U.S. policy towards Gaza and Hamas. I will address the current meltdown within Israel of its democratic values and how this impacts the possibility for progress on the peace front. Dave Schermerhorn was a passenger on and survivor of the Mavi Marmara attack and he will speak about his experience. Finally, Hazim Shafi, who lives and works here in the Seattle area will speak about current reality in Gaza on the ground. His father and brother have lived there for some time and Hazim’s larger family hails from there, though many have left since conditions worsened substantially over the past few years. Hazim’s uncle, Haider Abdul Shafi was a senior PLO negotiator at the Madrid conference.
If you live in or near Seattle or know people who do, please join us for an informative evening dealing with an especially nettlesome U.S. foreign policy issue.
Other co-sponsors include Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility and American Friends Service Committee.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.