The Challenges We Face and Community We Forge: An interview with Sa’ed Atshan

Sa’ed Atshan at Ramallah Meeting in Palestine. Photo courtesy of Sa’ed Atshan.

In February 2017 Friends Central High School in Philadelphia had fired two teacher-advisors to a student group which had invited a Palestinian Quaker, Sa’ed Atshan, to discuss the situation in Palestine-Israel. In this interview, after a long discernment, Sa’ed speaks about what happened and how he approaches what some feel is censorship by a quaker school.

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Teachers fired for supporting students

Layla Helwa (left) and Ariel Eure (right)

Layla Helwa and Ariel Eure supervised a Palestinian peace club that had invited Sa’ed Atshan, a Palestinian Quaker professor, to speak in February, but the talk was canceled at the last minute after some Jewish parents and students and others complained. The teachers were fired for supporting their students’ protest over the cancelled talk.

Read more in article from the Philadelphia Inquirer, updated May 9, 2017…