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Groups hosted at FICR

January, 2005 Amira Hass, an Israeli Journalist with Haaretz living in Ramallah, briefed a group of Swedish journalists and parliamentarians. The event was organized by Swedish Diakonia

March 11, 2005 Amira Hass briefed a group of Physicians for Human Rights.

April, 2005, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD US and UK) visited FICR and asked Kathy Bergen to speak about the Center.

April, 2005, Holy Land Trust from Bethlehem brought a group to FICR to hear Jean Zaru give a lecture.


Jean speaks to group organized by Holy Land Trust, April, 2005


Holy Land Trust organized group, April, 2005

May, 2005, Al Haq (Palestinian human rights organization) held a reception to honor the work of Israeli human rights lawyer, Felicia Langer.

May, 2005, Quaker International Affairs Representatives in Jerusalem, American Friends Service Committee, organized a full-day consultation with the five international accompaniment groups working in Palestine and Israel.

May, 2005, The Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation brought a group to hear Jean Zaru speak.

June, 2005, the President of United Church of Christ, and other members of Sabeel in Jerusalem came to meet with Jean Zaru.

October 26, 2005, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD US & UK) came to hear Jean Zaru give a lecture.

October, 2005, Jean Zaru meets with AFSC Olive Harvest Delegation

November 2005, Sabeel Witness group came to hear Jean Zaru give a lecture.

January 5, 2006, a group of Yale Divinity School students came to hear Jean Zaru give a lecture.

May 8, 2006 a group of students from Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Manitoba came to Jean Zaru give a lecture.

May 19, 2006, and Open House was held to launch FICR and welcome Kathy Bergen as Program Coordinator.




May 22, 2006, a group of students from Bluffton College, a Mennonite college in Bluffton, Ohio, came to hear Jean Zaru speak.

May 24, 2006, a Swedish Women’s Group came to hear Jean Zaru speak. While the group was at FICR, the Israeli army invaded Ramallah, leaving the group stranded at FICR until the Israeli soldiers left Ramallah. The invasion began with Israeli undercover agents dressed as Palestinians, coming into Ramallah to arrest Palestinian activists. Shortly after the undercover agents were discovered by the Palestinians, dozens of Israeli tanks and jeeps entered Ramallah and killed four Palestinian youth and injured dozens of Palestinians.

June 12, 2006, three Anglican Bishops visited FICR.

June 27, 2006, Tony Bing, a member of the FICR Steering Committee, brought a group of 24 Earlham College Alumni to the Center to hear Kathy Bergen talk about the situation in Ramallah and the work of the Friends Center. After lunch a reception was held for all Earlham Alumni in the area. Approximately 60 attended the reception.


Tony Bing with Earlham Alumni Group - June 29, 2006

June 30, 2006, Max and Jane Carter, members of the FICR Steering Committee came with the Guilford College student work/study group to FICR to work and fellowship.


Max and Jane Carter group - June 30, 2006

June 28 & 29, 2006, a workshop held for Birzeit University student leaders to prepare them for leading a summer youth camp.

July 14, 2006, a Quaker Service staffperson from Ramallah organized a workshop at the Center for the purpose of creating a newsletter for Palestinian youth.

July 17-23, 2006, a group of Baltimore Yearly Meeting Young Friends led by Hope Braveheart and Lamar Mathew, a member of the FICR Steering Committee, visited FICR and helped to clean the garden and grounds of the Meetinghouse.


BYM Young Friends Group - July, 2006

July 22, 2006, a group organized by ICAHD (Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions) US&UK of 35 came to FICR to hear Kathy Bergen speak to them about the work of FICR in the context of Ramallah and to join Baltimore Young Friends for dinner.

July 23, 2006, an Interfaith Peacebuilders Group led by Mai Carter Hallward came to hear Kathy Bergen speak about FICR in the context of the situation in Ramallah.

July 26, 2006 a planning meeting for the Sabeel conference in November took place at the Center.

August 15, 2006 the Center welcomed PLO Ambassador in Washington, DC, Afif Safieh and his wife Christ’l LeClerq.

September 15, 2006, a group of 10 youth spent the day cleaning the Meetinghouse, Annex, and garden in exchange for using the Center in June.

October 11, 2006, the Center welcomed a group of youth for IFTAR (evening meal following a day of fasting during Ramadan).

October 31, 2006, Jean spoke to fact-finding mission from San Francisco. Sam Bahour was asked to speak to the group during dinner.




Jean speaks to group fromBay Area - Oct 31, 2006

November 15, 2006, Sam Bahour and Kathy Bergen spoke to the American Friends Service Committee/International Fellowship of Reconciliation Peacebuilders delegation.


Sam Bahour speaks to group from Bay Area during dinner - Oct 31, 2006

January 20, 2007, Jean Zaru and Kathy Bergen spoke to a group of students from Bethel College and Tabor College, Kansas. The group also included pastors and spouses from churches in the midwest.

January 20, 2007, Jean Zaru spoke to a group of seminary students from the United Church of Christ Seminary in St. Louis, MO.

January 23, 2007, Jean Zaru gave a lecture to a United Methodist study tour. Maha Nassar was invited to talk about the history of the women’s movement in Palestine.

Numerous meetings with individuals have taken place at FICR. The purpose of the meetings vary – someone working on a PhD and wants to talk about some related issues, interviews for videos, people wanting to know more about the situation, etc.

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