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CLGS and the newly-formed Palestine Solidarity Round Table (PSRT) at Pacific School of Religion are honored and excited to co-host this Lavender Lunch on the topic of Queer Palestine Solidarity. Join us in conversation and dialogue with guest speaker Tarek Abuata as PSRT and CLGS create space for Palestinian voices to be heard in and through our community — and beyond!
Growing up in Bethlehem, Palestine, Tarek Abuata immigrated with his family to the United States during the first Intifada when he was 11. After graduating from the University of Texas Law School, Tarek started his career working for the Negotiations Support Unit in Palestine researching legal and policy issues. Following this, Tarek worked for 9 years as the Coordinator of Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron and also served as the representative of Rev. Bernard LaFayette (a protégé of Martin Luther King) for 5 years, training Palestinian youth in grassroots organizing and activism. Abuata then served for 5 years as the Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America. A queer Arab immigrant, Abuata’s justice theology is centered on turning story into revolution for the purpose of collective liberation.