Open the Blockade with Compassion

a Stay Human Conference Call with Congress
Registration Deadline-- Sunday November 23

Thank you to everyone who participated!

You can listen to the recording of The conference call below:

November 24th

Time: 9:45am Pacific / 10:45 Mountain / 11:45 Central / 1:45Pm Eastern / 7:45pm Jerusalem

Our goal is to open the Blockade of Gaza with compassion.   The Speakers will be Dr. Yasser Abu-Jamei, Executive Director of Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, and Eitan Diamond, Executive Director of Gisha Legal Services. Yasser called from Gaza City and Eitan called from Tel Aviv. Ms. Christine Pedilla, staff to U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo, joined the call. 

Our Speakers

Yasser Abu-Jamei MD, MSc, a psychiatrist, is the Executive Director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.  He was born in 1974 in Saudi Arabia and has lived in Gaza-Palestine since 2000. In 2002 he joined Gaza Community Mental Health Programme as a student in the High Diploma Programme in Community Mental Health. From June 2004 to March 2009, he worked for the Training & Research Department as a Psychiatrist-Clinical Supervisor and from March 2009 he worked as the Director of the Training and Research Department. In January 2014, he became the Executive Director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, and brings a special interest in neuropsychiatry, child and adolescents psychiatry, and advocacy and policy change. Rebuilding Alliance began its work with Gaza in 2004 in partnership with Gaza Community Mental Health Programme under the direction of the late Dr. Eyad El Sarraj.


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Eitan Diamond is the Executive Director of Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement. Prior to joining Gisha in April 2014, Eitan served for seven years as legal adviser to the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Israel and the Occupied Territories. Before that, he was a research officer and legal adviser at B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. Eitan co-founded the London-based international NGO Videre Est Credere, which seeks to expose and uproot human rights violations through video documentation. In addition, he served as a legal consultant to the European Research Council-funded project ‘Forensic Architecture’ hosted by the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London, and as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Law where his research addresses the impact of new information and communication technologies on the application of law in situations of organized violence. Eitan holds an LLB from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an LLM in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has pursued MA studies in Philosophy at Tel Aviv University.

 As with all our conference calls, we encourage the listeners to find ways to help and extend the appeal to your elected representatives to take specific action to assist us in opening the blockade with compassion. 

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