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Encouraging the diaspora to invest in Palestine

Oct. 27, 2010 12:29 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 27, 2010 3:01 P.M.)
By Rateb Rabie

Now is a critical moment in the life of the Palestinian nation. Palestinians are uniting their efforts toward establishing a state founded on justice, peace, and equality. The Palestinian people are committed to their rebirth as a nation. For this dream to be realized, institutions must be built in order to meet humanitarian, cultural, and material needs. The Palestinian people are committed to building these. The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) is eager to be a partner in this historic development.

The theme of this year's conference is Living the Faith: Promoting Peace and Human Security in the Holy Land. For more than twelve years, HCEF has endeavored to build support among Americans who desire to make a significant impact on the promotion of peace and human security in the Holy Land.

This year's international conference opens a unique opportunity for people from all walks of life to become key players in this process. HCEF is hosting an Investment Forum to which distinguished American, Arab-American, and Palestinian business leaders have been invited. Its focus will be the key issues related to investment in Palestine. The goal of the forum is to identify robust and effective mechanisms for implementing emerging business strategies.

Some of the distinguished speakers and participants at the Investment Forum will Bank of Palestine chairman Hashim Hani Shawa, former World Bank director Juan José Daboub and Palestinian communications group PalTel CEO Ammar Aker are expected to participate, alongside 400-500 others.

The presence of these distinguished participants extends beyond personal self-interest. Each sees his role as a catalyst. It is an opportunity to do good by connecting investors interested in the welfare of the Palestinian people with emerging opportunities. This dynamic can lead to the development of healthy societal institutions and usher in a new era of economic stability for the Palestinian people.

The Palestinian people in the Holy Land are looking to their brothers and sisters in the diaspora and to the rest of the world to share this important message: you need to be part of our historic process of institution building. Invest some portion of your resources in the future of Palestine. We do not need single-impact acts of philanthropy.

The Investment Forum seeks to address this challenge.

For the people of Palestine, a new era has begun. The challenge for those of us in America is to build new strategic partnerships with the Palestinian people in order to realize this new dawn. Now is the time to unite our efforts and replace despair with hope, fear with security, and humiliation with human dignity.

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