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ICUJP Friday Forum
May 17, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

Nonviolent Communication in a Time of Extraordinary Violence


Event Description:

The Hamas attack of 10/7 and Israel’s reaction to it have set the already polarized conversation around Israel/Palestine ablaze. How can we as people who care about peace and justice bring the temperature down? What can we do to play a constructive role in moving the discourse in a better direction? In this presentation, Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon, director of the documentary A People Without a Land will unpack the lessons that he has learned and offers some practical advice about how to talk nonviolently about this difficult topic.

Join the conversation with our speaker:

Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon
 grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family in Brookline, MA. At age 13, he and his family moved to Israel. Eliyahu decided not to serve in the Israel Defense Forces, choosing instead to study medicine in the UK. Three years into his degree, he left medicine to pursue a career in film.

After earning two degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Eliyahu completed his first feature-length documentary, Cut: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision. He has since released his second feature-length documentary, A People Without A Land, and is co-host of the podcast Four Cubits.

Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

Documentary: A People Without a Land

7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
7:35 - 7:45  Welcome and introductions 
7:45 - 7:50  Reflection (5 min. maximum)
7:50 - 9:15  Program and Q&A
9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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Facilitator: Stephen Rohde
Reflector: Rebecca Arvizu

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ICUJP Friday Forum 05/17/24
Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Here are links to resources and sample templates for you to contact elected officials and corporations:

Contact your congressional representatives and call for a cease fire (AFSC):


Before you dialCheck to see if your Senators and Representative have already called for a ceasefire using the tracker JVP Action has built in collaboration with the Working Families Party.



Find your elected officials here:



Demands (options):

  • Permanent ceasefire

  • Release of hostages

  • Release of mass imprisonment of Palestininans

  • Stop genocide

  • Stop the witholding of food, water, medicine

  • Stop funding genocide and supplying bombs

  • Support/facilitate a just and equitable peace

  • End the Occupation

Sample script:

My name is [YOUR FIRST & LAST NAME], I'm a [CONSTITUENT / SUPPORTER] of [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE NAME], and I’m calling/writing about Palestine and Israel.


For Representatives: [REPRESENTATIVE NAME] must publicly call for a ceasefire, pressure Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza, and vote NO on sending more weapons for this war. A “humanitarian pause” is not good enough. They should cosponsor the ceasefire resolution, House Resolution 786, introduced by Representatives Cori Bush and Rashida Tlaib.

For Senators: [SENATOR NAME] must publicly call for a ceasefire, pressure Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza, and vote NO on sending more weapons for this war. A “humanitarian pause” is not good enough. They should introduce a Senate Resolution calling for a ceasefire, similar to the one in the House.

I am passionate about this because…

  • I have family/friends in the region and…

  • I visited Palestine and witnessed firsthand how

  • My faith compels me to...

While I am speaking as an individual…

  • I talked to my neighbors about this and we all agree that…

  • I’m a member of … and we all agree that…

  • Most U.S. voters agree that the U.S. should push for a ceasefire.

  • Thank you!

Activism resources

Jewish Voices for Peace


American Friends Service Committee https://afsc.org/actionhour 

Kinder USA 

eSims for gaza 

Where to Donate

UNRWA - UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the near East


Doctors Without Borders - Palestine


Corporate Accountability

Letters to Corporations - AFSC https://afsc.org/BoycottChevron 


AFSC - How to Divest 

Scroll down to: Divestment from the Occupation Industry


SoCal Local Palestinian Businesses

Jerusalem Chicken 

448 W. Slauson Avnue, Los Angeles 90043 

tacos for palestine

Instagram: lataco

Ike’s Love and Sandwiches


3895 Overland Avenue, Culver City 990232

460 North Pacific Highway, El Seundo 90245

4731 Glencoe Avenue Unite B-9A, Marina Del Rey 90292

Anwar Kitchen


217 E 8th St Los Angeles, CA 90014

ICUJP's Focus on the Israel/Palestine Conflict


In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
-- Martin Luther King Jr.

I think it was smart that you’re wary of using the word “terrorism,” and if you talk about the cycle of violence, or “an eye for an eye,” you could be perpetuating the idea that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a balanced conflict, instead of a largely unarmed people against the fourth most powerful military in the world.
-- Rachel Corrie

A person can only be born in one place. However, he may die several times elsewhere: in the exiles and prisons, and in a homeland transformed by the occupation and oppression into a nightmare.
Mahmoud Darwish


In the words of ICUJP Convener, the late Rev. George Regas, speaking about a conflict long ago but still resonant today:

The sin at the heart of this war against Iraq is your belief that an American life is of more value than an Iraqi life. That an American child is more precious than an Iraqi baby. God loathes war.

We HAVE to call out the massacre of innocent lives, no matter the ideology behind the crime, or else the Justice and Peace work we do is meaningless.

Long before the tragic events of October 7th of last year, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been shining a light on the Israel/Palestine conflict, and working towards dialogue and solutions that affirm the primary calling of our organization - stating loud and clear that Religious Communities MUST Stop Blessing War and Violence. 

Justice and Peace are WORK, and ICUJP has been doing that work with our partners for over 22 years, many of them focusing on conflicts in the Middle East and their ramifications for us in this country. 

Click on the links below to watch the recent Friday Forums we have devoted to the Israel/Palestine crisis:

Friends of Sabeel, A Christian and Secular Voice for Palestine

IfNotNow - Reflections on Diverse Jewish Solidarity with Palestine

Ani Zonneveld - The Politics of Human Rights

Dov Baum - Apartheid-Free Communities in Israel, Palestine, and the U.S

Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamiseh - Reflections on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Marjorie Cohn - South Africa takes Israel to the World Court for Genocide in Gaza

John Parker - Detained Delivering Aid to Gaza

Steve Chase - Speaking Up for Peace with Justice

Israel and Palestine Yes, there IS a Path to Peace

Palestine Under Colonialism

George Lakey: How can we get creative in the Israel-Palestine conflict?

Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, a Multifaith Apprach to Counter Anti-Muslim Discrimination

Jeff Cooper/Carolfrances Likins: Palestine Before And After

Apartheid-Free Communities: An Interfaith Effort to Resist Racism


When teaching the truth about Israel and Palestine is challenged

Jewish Anti-Zionists Queering the Fight for a Free Palestine

Please give generously to help us in our ongoing work to open doors with dialogue and compassion, and to make change with diligence, creativity, and open hearts and minds.

Premiering the new documentary, "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!"

Along with NRCAT (National Religious Campaign Against Torture) and director Robert Corsini, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace have put together a thirty-minute documentary outlining some of the many abuses of the prisoners at the facility, including interviews with past detainees. "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!" outlines our work in bringing to light a stain on this country that most people would like to forget, or in many cases don't even realize is still happening.

"Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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