“Innocent souls trapped in a web of conflict — their stories must be told.” 

The current war between Israel and Hamas (and others who want to extinguish Israel) can seem complex and confusing. It will be discussed in a speech with questions and answers on March 19 in Daphne, Alabama.

The event will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 28788 N. Main Street, Daphne, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to the free event; no ticket or RSVP needed.

The resource person is Amos Davidowitz, a resident of Gezer Kibbutz in central Israel, a longtime fighter in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), and an author and speaker.

The invitation to the event reads:

Amos will speak and answer questions on the historical and political context of the current conflict focusing on his experience and Israel’s civil, political and military response to Oct. 7 – including insight into IDF tactical decision. He will share his understanding of what these events mean for the world, the international Jewish community and Israel society and share a vision – along with challenges and potential pitfalls – for a path forward. 

The event is presented by the Mobile Christian-Jewish Dialogue. The group has a fascinating Alabama history going back to 1973.

Supporting institutions of the Dialogue include Spring Hill College, The Mobile Area Jewish Federation, The Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile, the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, and Ahavas Chesed Synagogue.

Davidowitz is also the author of “A Path of Peace in the Field of Battle: An Israeli Officer’s Ethical Will to His Children on the Eve of Battle.”

I have led men into battle, through battle, and to the end of battle, but you can never lead men out of battle. It always stays with you. I fight because my country is at war, but I choose to labor for peace because I know war will solve nothing. — Amos Davidowitz

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at ZeiglerElderCare@yahoo.com.

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