Recently I wrote in the Globe about an Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative called OneVoice, whose members were touring Boston-area campuses to discuss their work mobilizing their communities in favor of a two-state solution.
The Peace Abbey periodically presents its Courage of Conscience Award to individuals and organizations that are promoting peace around the world. The Abbey is hosting a public ceremony tonight to make the award to Combatants for Peace, which is comprised of former Israeli soldiers and former Palestinian fighters who have put down their weapons.
The ceremony is at 7:30 p.m. at the Abbey. Donna Baranski-Walker, executive director of The Rebuilding Alliance, which is co-sponsoring the Combatants for Peace speaking tour, says the Israeli and the Palestinian on this tour are among more than 600 members of the movement.
The Palestinian, Bassam Aramin, served seven years in prison for planning an attack on Israeli soldiers, and lost his ten-year old daughter, Abir, to an Israeli soldier's rubber bullet, while the Israeli, Yaniv Reshef, served in an Israeli army sabotage unit and lives in range of Palestinian rockets launched from Gaza. She says the movement's members "have pledged to abandon violence and work together using creative nonviolent tools to build justice and peace."
Reshef and Aramin will hold their final Boston-area meetings on Saturday morning at Temple Hillel B'nai Torah in West Roxbury, in the afternoon at Temple Kerem Shalom in Concord, and at 7:30 at Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in Newton.
The tour is also sponsored by the September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, formed by relatives of victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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