Fr. Drew Christiansen, SJ Lectures: Israel-Palestine: Recent Developments, Difficulties Ahead


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Bernard Sabella

We all have the responsibility of thinking of ways forward, away from war and conflict. Given the reality of two peoples, Palestinian and Israeli, living side by side, or together, it becomes mandatory to explore how we can do so in a harmonious manner avoiding violence and war that has characterized relations so far, and is now increasing in frequency and brutality.

Bernard Sabella is a retired associate professor of sociology from Bethlehem University in the Holy Land, where he taught for over 25 years. His academic interests focus on Palestinian Christians and questions of identity and other challenges, including emigration. In 2006, he was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council's Christian quota seat representing the city of Jerusalem.

This lecture was planned prior to the recent outbreak of violence. The topic has been revised to address the current situation. Due to the circumstances, Dr. Sabella will participate virtually from Jerusalem alongside in-person panelists from Churches for Middle East Peace.

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The Rev. Drew Christiansen S.J. served as director of the Office of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Catholic Conference (now the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) and editor-in-chief of the Jesuit weekly America. He taught at the Jesuit School of Theology/Graduate Theological Union-Berkeley and the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of the founding team of the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies. He was also a frequent consultant to the Holy See and a member of the steering committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. When he passed away in the Spring of 2022 leaving behind a legacy of applying Catholic Social Teaching to peacebuilding specifically in the Holy Land.

This lecture - the second of a two-part lecture series - continues to carry forth Fr. Christiansen's enduring spirit. It is co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and the Catholic Peace Building Network along with Churches for Middle East Peace and the Bethlehem University Foundation.