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Jan. 19, 2015

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For Immediate Release
Jan. 19, 2015

WATERLOO – Jeff Halper, director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, will give a public talk on the group’s activism against the demolition of Palestinian homes by Israeli authorities. His talk takes place in Laurier’s Senate and Board Chamber at 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. The event is being presented by Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (WLS) and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies Department.

“There are many difficult issues where faith communities play a pivotal role,” says David Pfrimmer, principal-dean at WLS. “Nowhere is this more evident than in the land called ‘holy’ by three of the major faith traditions.

“Hearing various perspectives on this contested land, we hope, will help people understand what they don’t know and what global citizenship requires of all of us.”

Halper's support of peace and justice for both Palestinians and Israelis fits the Global Studies Department’s focus on peace and justice issues — one of three main streams in the undergraduate program, says Edmund Pries, assistant professor in the department.

“His inspirational efforts at bridge-building and reconciliation are exemplary and provide a model for building equitable relationships,” Pries says.

“Halper, an Israeli Jew, has given his life to this effort. His approach may not be embraced by all, but his efforts have garnered support from peace-loving people on all sides of the conflict — and have resulted in his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Event time and date: 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

Location: Senate and Board Chamber, Wilfrid Laurier University, 75 University Ave. W., Waterloo, Ont.

Free parking after 4:30 p.m. in the “white” parking lot. Click here for a map.

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Mirko Petricevic, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

T: 519.884.0710 x2162  


Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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