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Instilling Hope in Gaza: The Legacy of Dr. Eyad el Sarraj
October 28, 2014 @ 7:00 pm$10
The Gaza Mental Health Foundation presents:
A Memorial Tribute
- NOAM CHOMSKY, Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- JESS GHANNAM, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences at the University of California at San Francisco
- SARA ROY, Senior Research Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University
- NANCY MURRAY, Co-founder, Gaza Mental Health Foundation , Gaza Mental Health Foundation
- BILL SLAUGHTER, President, Gaza Mental Health Foundation
Dr. Eyad el Sarraj (1943-2013) was the first psychiatrist in the Gaza Strip and a renowned campaigner for peace with justice who recognized the vital connection between mental health and human rights. The founder in 1990 of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP), he received the first human rights award given by the US Physicians for Human Rights, among many other international honors. His courage, decency, independence of mind, and vision of a better world made him a beacon of moral conscience and hope for those Israelis seeking peace with Palestinians and Palestinians struggling with both the occupation and their own ruinous political divisions.
Nearly a year after his death on December 17, 2013, “Instilling Hope in Gaza” will examine the conditions in the Gaza Strip that shaped his life and work, how the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme is today forging ahead with his work, and what more can be done to build on his legacy in the years ahead.
Suggested donation at the door: $10 – or more! Funds will support the work of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.
Host: The Middle East Education Group at First Parish Cambridge. Co-sponsors: American Friends Service Committee – New England Region, Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Grassroots International, Harvard School of Public Health, Jewish Voice for Peace – Boston, Physicians for Human Rights, United for Justice with Peace, Massachusetts Peace Action