Thursday, March 13, 2014

Video of the Late Amb. Sam Lewis, a Friend of both Palestine and Israel

Photo credit Google Maps ... St. Alban's Parish » An Episcopal Church in Washington, DC
Church at the Crossroads A History of St. Alban's Parish: When young Miss Phoebe Nourse died of tuberculosis, she left $35 in gold coins—money earned doing needlework and watercolors—to build Washington's first "free" Episcopal church, one that welcomed all comers, on Mount Alban overlooking the capital city. Contributions from family, friends and neighbors enabled St. Alban's first wooden edifice, set amid farmlands, to open for worship in 1854. Church at the Crosswords recounts that founding and events within St. Alban's parish over the next 150 years. Posterity Press
ATFP President Ziad Asali:"We have lost a great friend, a brilliant analyst, a distinguished diplomat and a leader in the cause for peace. I will miss Sam's kindness and good counsel deeply. And we extend our condolences to his family and friends."

The funeral for the distinguished US diplomat Samuel Lewis, who passed away on March 10, is planned for Monday, March 24 at 1:30pm, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC. It will be open to the public. To read ATFP's expression of appreciation for Amb. Lewis and sadness at his passing, click here

Amb. Lewis' legacy of dedication to peace is reflected in a video interview with him filmed by ATFP in October 2013. He emphasized that the quest for peace "isn’t about either the Palestinians or Israelis. This is about peace between both." "And the United States has got to understand both sides if we are going to be a useful kind of interlocutor, or mediator, or sponsor of negotiations,” he explained.

Watch an excerpt from the video

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