If you are like me, you feel devastated witnessing the horror unfolding in Gaza/Israel. 

At times like this (but have there ever been such times???) it can feel that we are powerless: but we are never truly that. 

Here’s something we can do: 

I’m inviting you all to join the Arab-Jewish Coalition on Salt Spring, who are hosting an incredible day of speakers, music, and silent auction — topped off with a gourmet Middle Eastern feast. 

DATE: Saturday November 18

LOCATION: Beaver Point Hall

Time: 2:30 (panel discussion), 5:00 (music, Middle Eastern Feast)

Tickets: Salt Spring Books, or email  

Get your tix, then please respond to, and share the FB event. :

Forward this invite to 5 friends, or better yet, pull them together & fill a table at Beaver Point Hall!

Donate items to the silent auction : contact to arrange pickup. 

The hardworking and dedicated AJCP crew have brought in great speakers: 

Gord Hill: Kwakwakwakw author, graphic novelist and activist; 

Kevin Neish: human rights activist in El Salvador, Cuba, Bethlehem, and Colombia;

Ellen Gabriel: Mohawk leader & Kahnesatake spokesperson; 

Michael Simkin: human rights lawyer, founder “the Refugees” asylum seekers advocacy organization;

This joint live/livestreamed conversation will be moderated by Dr. Eva Peskin. Counsellors will be on hand to offer support: this will be a safe space to grieve, to offer mutual aid, and to learn. 

Say organizer Omrane Hassan: 

“To organize relief for Gaza is not just a matter of raising money (although we do hope to raise as much as possible) it is a matter of global consciousness and healing we need to come together and address the conditions that have created this catastrophe and do whatever we can wherever we are to create a different world. One where every life is held as precious and no single living being — Arab or Jewish —  is sacrificed for the preservation of an unjust system of power.”

Tickets for the dinner are $60: funds support relief efforts in Gaza coordinated by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East. If you can only come for the panel discussion, it begins at 2:30 – bring cash for the silent auction!  Dinner at 5 pm. 

Let’s listen, learn, and care for one another, then break bread and toast to salaam/shalom – for we share the same word for “Peace”.