‘Pie for Palestine’ set for Sept. 20 at Kate’s Pie Shop

Staff Report

Rockford Peace & Justice is sponsoring “Pie for Palestine” at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. The event will be at Kate’s Pie Shop inside the East Branch Rockford Public Library, 6685 E. State St. The program is free and open to the public, although a free-will offering will be taken.

Pie for Palestine is a benefit for American Friends of UNRWA (UNRWA USA), a nonprofit that supports the humanitarian work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, specifically for Palestinian refugees.

Lamis Diab, a Palestinian-American woman who lives in Rockford, will speak about the need and the situation in that occupied land. Lamis has studied at Rockford University and the Friends School in Ramallah, West Bank of Occupied Palestine.

People are invited to have a slice of pie and make a contribution.

Contact Stanley Campbell at (815) 964-7111 for more details.

Diab noted: “My name is Lamis Diab, and I am Rockford native, born and raised. I am the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, who were themselves born years before the existence of the state of Israel. Growing up here in the United States watching the news about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on television, and listening to what my relatives here and in Palestine would tell me about the situation in Palestine, I thought I had a pretty good idea about the struggles that Palestinians faced in the region. That was until I had the chance to live there for a year, in my grandfather’s home. Then, I learned that what we see on television here is nothing but a shred of the truth that is the daily life of a native Palestinian. As a teenage girl who’d choked on tear gas and was shot at unprovoked, I knew that the mainstream media went to great lengths to obscure the severity of the Palestinian struggle. And, as an adult lucky enough to have access to international news outlets at my fingertips, I now know that anyone in the U.S. can find the truth of the Palestinian struggle even without having to witness the trauma firsthand, as I have done.”

Posted Sept. 17, 2014

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