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New Yorkers Concerned with Palestine/Israel Peace: Plan to Visit Author Frank Romano January 14Intro by Tim King Salem-News.com
LOVE AND TERROR IN THE MIDDLE EAST, 3rd Ed., by Frank Romano: author event. Monday, Jan. 14th, 7 pm, Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St. New York, NY
(NEW YORK CITY) - It is no exaggeration to say that Dr. Frank Romano has gone to more effort than most human beings, in sharing an unwavering message of hope and peace for the future of the Holy Land.
Those in the New York City area genuinely interested in peace between Palestine and Israel should mark your calendars for a rare chance to meet Dr. Romano, one of the most important and experienced author/attorney/activists on this subject in the world today. It happens Monday, 14th January, at Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St. New York, NY beginning at 7:00 p.m. I strongly recommend it, particularly for those who are most concerned for this region's bitter problems.
Even when his interfaith peace marches meet resistance and are attacked, which happened again in 2012, the steps taken still make a difference.
The links below lead you to articles that share the details of Frank's incredible journey that started all of this; one that led to the writing of 'Storm Over Morocco: Finding God in the Midst of Extremists'.
It was a noble journey for knowledge that nearly cost him his life. Growing up in California and Oregon, Frank attended university in Paris, France, from where he sought to learn the teachings of Islam to complete his understanding of the three monotheistic faiths; Christianity, which he was raised with, Judaism, which he studied at university in Paris, France, and the more elusive Muslim religion.
Against the advise of friends he was visiting in Morocco, Frank fell into company with radicals from a madrasa, or Muslim religious school, who at first were kind and taught him many relevant details about their belief system, but then turned against him when he asked the wrong questions.
His situation became more difficult when he realized he was being held against his will in what amounted to a high walled fortress, and then Frank was falsely accused of being an Israeli spy! He finally escaped with his life. That is a very brief summary of an incredible book which I strongly recommend.
The knowledge and enthusiasm that Dr. Frank Romano brings to the table with his new book, Love and Terror in the Middle East, is something that people need to expose themselves to. Sadly, there are only a handful of individuals who go to so much effort to make a difference. This point can not be overstated. Frank made headlines in April with CNN, when he and his peaceful friends were directly attacked by Israeli forces.
Always non-violently, the actions of Frank Romano and those who work faithfully to support his efforts are steadfast, particularly when it comes to supporting the long list of Palestinian political prisoners who languish without help or assistance from their own government, the Palestinian Authority (PA). In protest to the PA, as Frank was attending a press conference, also in April 2012, with Mr. Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Frank refused to shake the PM's hand when provided the chance. It was over the PA's failure to recognize their countrymen in Israeli prisons sacrificing their lives in hunger strikes. This disrespect was something that didn't go over well and I am always amazed at Dr. Romano's ability to stand for justice and absolutely nothing else no matter what.
Below is the news release about the upcoming appearance of Dr. Frank Romano in New York City. Again, I strongly recommend both attending the event and ordering his books, your sense of what is possible will be enlightened.
I can't help but think of the sacrifice Dr. Frank Romano has endured at the hands of the Israelis mostly, but also the Palestinian government, and as one of our friends he is not alone in suffering the hands-on injustice of Israel.
Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, a Salem-News.com contributor for the past several years, is a distinguished professor who has something in common with Dr. Frank Romano, and our writer Ken O'Keefe, and the late Vittorio Arrigoni, in that he has been arrested and indignantly treated time and time again during non-violent protests.
Regardless of one's religion, there is no question that people are suffering and in need of much attention from all of us who care. Please visit Dr. Romano's special event in New York on Jan. 14 2012.
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Dr. Frank Romano is the author of STORM OVER MOROCCO, autobiographical narrative about following spiritual path while living with extremist religious sect. You can purchase the book at: amazon.com Storm Over Morocco
Learn more by visiting: frankromano-lt.com
Storm Over Morocco: http://www.soundauthors.com Frank Romano's Storm Over Morocco
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Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.
Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu
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