Monday, July 23, 2007

PR: Support Ta'ayush Human Rights effort, Chicago August 4

Ta’ayush in Peril: Defending Human Rights in Palestine

A Ta’ayush Fundraiser with Israeli Human Rights Attorney Gaby Lasky
Saturday, August 4, 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
Grace Place
637 S. Dearborn
ChicagoTa’ayush (Arabic for “life in common”) is a grassroots organization of Arabs and Jews working to break down the walls of racism and segregation by constructing a true Arab-Jewish partnership. For years, Ta’ayush has been working on behalf of the Palestinian inhabitants of the South Hebron Hills in the West Bank, who are under threat of being expelled from their ancestral hills.

In recent weeks the threat has become imminent, and Ta’ayush has put out an international call to ask for help. Specifically, Ta’ayush – an all volunteer organization with no resources of its own – is trying to raise $10,000 to help defray the lawyers’ costs as they work to defend the rights of these people to keep their homes.Please join us this morning for a discussion with Gaby Lasky, who works with Ta’ayush on this and other issues. A human rights attorney, Lasky represents Israelis, internationals and Palestinians who engage in non-violent resistance to the Israeli occupation. Formerly secretary general of the Israeli Peace Now, she is currently the legal advisor to the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel. She also represents a number of women conscientious objectors refusing to serve in the Israeli army while the occupation continues.

Lasky will share details of the urgent situation facing Palestinians, not only in the South Hebron hills, but also in Jerusalem, where they are facing severe challenges to continued residency.A light breakfast will be served. There is no cost to attend the event. We will be soliciting voluntary donations for Ta’ayush’s legal fund.

You may also contribute directly:

Send checks made out to Ta’ayush toTali SchaeferPO Box 250778New York, NY 10025Co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace - Chicago.RSVP greatly appreciated! Lynn Pollack at 312-427-2533 or e-mail