Saturday, January 15, 2005

al-Awda Right of Return Panel, Nebraska 1-23-05

Nebraskans for Peace & AL-AWDA,the Palestine Right to Return Coalition

Invite you to a meal and panel presentation

SUNDAY, January 23, 2005, 5:30 p.m.


Jess Ghannam is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and is the chief of Medical Psychology at the UCSF/Mount Zion Medical Center. Ghannam is also a board member of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program. Ghannam travels every three months to Palestine where, over the past 12 years, he has established clinics in Gaza City, Jabaliyah, Khan Younis and Deir al-Balah under the auspices of the Gaza Community Mental Health program. In this capacity he has direct experience with thousands of Palestinian children and youth suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome.

Ghannam is a co-founder of Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition and a member of its Executive Committee, and president of the San Francisco American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. He has received Certificates of Appreciation from the San Francisco Police Department for outstanding contribution to community work with the Psychiatric Liaison Unit and from the Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center/UCSF for outstanding community service contribution.

Lennox S. Hinds is a Professor of Law and former Chair of the Administration of Justice Program, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. As senior partner at Stevens, Hinds and White, his practice has included the defense of domestic and international political prisoners. He is the Vice President and Permanent Representative to the United Nations for the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.

Hinds has published and taught about crimes against humanity under international law for more than two decades and has presented expert testimony on the Crimes Against Humanity of the Apartheid Regime before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Johannesburg, South Africa. Most recently, Hinds has been appointed by the UN as lead counsel to represent the interest of defendants accused by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) of genocide, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international humanitarian law. He is one of the few US attorneys appointed to the panel of defense lawyers by the UN.

RSVP by January 17:

Anne Else, 556-5184 Musa Al-hindi, 551-0674 Cary Vigneri, 453-0776 Diane Malina, 551-0674