George Rishmawi: A Tale of Two People?

Both men have  apparently worked closely together.  Both men  including George N, who Jewish Federation CEO Shalom Elcott described as a ” despicable character” (his words) have appeared together, or at least on the same itinerary, of past Olive Tree Initiative trips with UC Irvine Students. Update: We attended  Mr. Rishmawi’s 2:00 PM presentation and in our view it was demonstratively one sided.

Updated  Facebook Bio on George (S) Rishmawi:

George Rishamwi , a Palestinian Non Violence Peace activist from Beit Sahour. In his capacity as Coordinator for Siraj, Center For Holy Land Studies, (www.sirajcenter.org) he organizes the Palestine Encounter programs which brings International visitors to Palestine for first hand experience living with Palestinian families and working with Palestinian activists.

He also has expertise in Non – Typical tourism activities includin…g cultural tours, political mission, and environmental hiking tours. Rishamwi is a former member of the International Solidarity Movement , a board member of the Network of the Christian Organizations in the Bethlehem area, and former board member of the Palestinian center for Rapprochement in Between People in Beit Sahour.

Born in Beit Sahour, a city known for non-violent resistance, George S. Rishmawi is coming to UC Irvine as a guest of the Olive Tree Initiative, and for those of you interested in becoming part of OTI 4, George is one of our primary contacts in the West Bank.

Olive Tree Initiative is a diverse group of students with different opinions, that attempts to learn and interact with a variety of speakers: politicians, academics, NGO’s, and more from different backgrounds and positions. The beliefs and views expressed in the event are not necessarily the beliefs and views expressed either by the students or organization as a whole.

** EDIT **

The person coming is George S. Rishmawi.
Picture posted before was George N. Rishmawi.

Many online sources have incorrect information about our speaker due to the names being so similar.

George S. Bio on Siraj Center Website:

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George Rishamwi , a Palestinian Non Violence Peace activist from Beit Sahour. In his capacity as Coordinator for Siraj, Center For Holy Land Studies, www.sirajcenter.org he organizes the Palestine Encounter programs which brings International visitors to Palestine for first hand experience living with Palestinian families and working with Palestinian activists. He also has expertise in Non – Typical tourism activities including cultural tours, political mission, and environmental hiking tours. Rishamwi is a cofounder of the International Solidarity Movement , a board member of the Network of the Christian Organizations in the Bethlehem area, and former board member of the Palestinian center for Rapprochement in Between People in Beit Sahour.

From the Palestine Center for Rapprochment current website

George N. Rishmawi, Executive Director

Graduate of Birzeit University with a BA degree in English Language and Literature with a Diploma in Translation.  Joined PCR in 1991, employed in 1998, became Executive Director in 2005

George S. Rishmawi, Promotion Coordinator, Siraj Center
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