THE PALESTINIAN AMERICAN NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Palestinian American National Conference

The convening of a Palestinian American National conference that is inclusive of every Palestinian living in America is long overdue.
We are coming together as American Palestinians
to commemorate the 60th anniversary of
Al-Nakba (forced eviction of our people from
our ancient homeland).

The American Palestinian people are an important
and integral part of American Society and
as such should be empowered to become an
effective force in US policy towards a free
Palestine. Therefore, as responsible American
citizens we have a duty and a right to convince
our government that “there will be no peace in
the Middle East without the Palestinian Right
of return”.

On May 23rd, 24th, and 25th of 2008, we are
planning this conference to be held in Chicago
at the Crowne Plaza Hotel with recognized
International and American speakers, panel
discussions and a full range of activities.
This conference will be held to appeal to a wide
audience to help rescue our people from the
slums of the refugee camps and the brutality ofthe Israeli Military Occupation.

Time and Dates of the events

Friday, May 23, 2008

                                *Registration 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm*

6:00 pm………… Networking

7:00 pm…………Masters of Ceremony….Mrs. Amani Ghouleh,
                               Editor of Aloffok Alarabi Newspaper
                                                       &
                               Mr. Imad Da’boob
                               United Holy Land Fund Board Member

7:10 pm…………kicking off with Dr. Quaseem Blan
                                                          Chairman of the Convention 
7:20 pm………… Mr. Abdelatif Ghaith
                                 Palestinian National Congress
8:00 pm…………Dinner
                                 Amjad Hamdan and Natheer Hamayel on the Oud

9:00 pm…………Endorsement Messages
                               
9:30 pm………….Lets Stand with Dr. Sámi Elaryan
Mrs. Alaryan
9:45 pm………..Yalla Vote ‘08
                   Robert Aboud,
                                Democratic candidate, IL.-16th District

10:05 pm………..Mr. Fuad Atteyeh
                           Palestinian American Congress former president

10:15 pm……..Dr. James Zogby,
                              President- Arab American Institute

 

11:00 pm……….Dallas Folklore Group

11:30 pm……….Conference’s Organization meeting (session-1)

 

 

 

Saturday, May, 24, 2008

                                      *Registration 9:00 am- 5:00 pm*

9:00 am ………………Continental Breakfast

9:30 am ……………. Panel discussion (1)
                            Empowerment…our community and beyond
                                       Mr. Samir Tuffaha, Moderator

Guest Panelist:  Mr. Nihad Awad,
                                      Executive Director of Council of American Islamic Relation
  Rev. Dr. Don E. Wagner,
  Director of Center of Middle Eastern Studies, North Park University
11:00 am… …………..Break…….. (15) Minutes
********

   11:15 ………………Life in Occupied Palestine: Eyewitness Stories & Photos,” Presentation
                                    Ms. Anna Baltzer-International Women’s Peace Service
                                                      ********
12:00 pm …………Lunch………and “Palestine in Slides”
                                                    
                                                      ********
01:00 pm………….Panel Discussion (2)
                                    Palestine….Past, Present and Future
                                    Dr. Hesham Tellawi, Moderator
Guest Panelist:           Dr. Abdallah Abdallah,
                                    Member of Palestinian Legislative Council
                                       Mr. Abellatif Ghaith,
                                       Member of Palestinian National Congress
02:30…..………….Break….… (15) Minutes
                                                      ********
02:45-04:15 pm…Panel Discussion (3)    
                          We Hold the Key
Emad El-Khatib, Moderator
Guest Panelist           Dr. Ghada Talhami,
                          Professor of Third World Politics and Women’s Studies, Lake Forest College, IL
                                  Mr. Abe Hayeem,
                          Peace activist and founding member of Architects & Planners for Justice in
                                  Palestine, (APJP)
                                  Mr. Husam Bajis, Executive Director – Comitê Brasil-Eiro de Interesse
                                     Natcional Palestino, (Brazilian-Palestinian National Interest Committee)
04:15……..………Break….… (15) Minutes

04:30 pm……….Conference’s Organization meeting (session-2)

                                                     

Banquet

6:00 pm…………….Social Hour
 
7:05 pm………….Welcoming Remarks,
                               Mr. Khairi Shadid,
                               Vice- Chairman, Palestinian American Congress
                                            &
Ms.Yara Shadid,
                               Host Committee Member, Palestinian American National Conference

7:10 pm…………A word from Honorary Convention Chairman, Mr. Afif Safieh
                                Palestine Ambassador to the United States of America, Washington, DC    
                                Honorary Chairman of the Convention

7:15 pm…………”Palestine, a gateway to Heaven”,
                                Shaikh Jamal Said, Imam of Mosque, Bridgeview, Illinois
                                   

7:30 pm…………Shaikh M. Tayseer Tamimi,
                               Chief Judge of the Islamic Supreme Sharia’a Court, Palestine

8:00 pm…………Dinner
                                Amjad Hamdan and Natheer Hamayel on the Oud

9:00 pm………….Dr. Ali Kutom,
                               Children of Palestine Society

9:15 pm………..“God Bless Palestine”,
                                   Very Rev. Fr. Nicholas Dahdal,
                                St. George Antiochian Church, Cicero, Illinois

9:30 pm…………Archbishop Attalla Hanna,
                               Bishop of Sabaste, Palestine

10:00 pm………..Fundraising for United Holy Land Fund Educational Grant

10:30 pm……….Dr. Abdallah Abdallah,
                               Member of Palestinian Legislative council

 

11:00 pm……….Dallas Folklore Group

 

 

  

 

Sunday, May 25, 2008

10:00 am……………Q. & A.  Guest Speakers and Gust Panelist
                                     Moderators …. Mr. Salah Asaad
                                     Chairman, Palestinian American Congress
                                                                &
                                      Ms. Nadia Blan
                                      Host Committee member, Palestinian American National Conference
 
12:00 Noon……….. Conference Declaration

 

Next Year in Palestine….Insha’a ALLAH
Have a safe return…..

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