Guest Speaker: Ms. Jennifer Bing, Director, American Friends Service Committee, Chicago’s Office for the Middle East Program
Ms. Bing's talk will cover the advocacy campaign focused on ending military detention of Palestinian children. Details are at www.nowaytotreatachild.orgIn the past decade, nearly 8,000 Palestinian children living in the occupied West Bank have been arrested by Israeli forces and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the widespread, systematic abuse and ill treatment of Palestinian children. She will share testimonies of Palestinian children and the impact their detention has on communities in the West Bank.
Jennifer Bing directs the Israel-Palestine program for the AFSC in Chicago. She began her advocacy for Palestinian children after working as a teacher in a Quaker school in Ramallah during the first Palestinian uprising (1986-1989). As a field worker and researcher for Swedish Save the Children, she documented the impact of the first popular uprising on Palestinian children under the age of 16. Jennifer has worked with AFSC since 1989, organizing dozens of speaking tours, conferences, educational workshops, protests, delegations, and public events. She has produced two documentary films about the Palestinian American community in Chicago and serves as a resource to people interested in activism and advocacy for human rights. The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that works for policies which reflect a cooperative search for solutions to protect our planet, reduce violent conflict, advance social justice, and meet global needs. In the U.S., AFSC works to educate audiences about Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and supports activist efforts to change government policies and practices that support inequality and the ongoing Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory.