Middle East Café

Middle East Café is a Busboys and Poets program that offers an on-going series of events designed to bring together Arabs, Jews, and those interested in working toward a resolution to the conflict in the Middle East. The focus is on encouraging individuals from various backgrounds to share food and conversation. Founded by Anas Shallal, Ari Roth and Mimi Conway.


Free and open to all

Andy Shallal | andy@busboysandpoets.com


February | Author William Parry, Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine
March | "Jewish-Arab Community in Israel" with Lauren Joseph, Hagar's Director of Development and Public Relations
March | "Defending Human Rights in Occupied Palestinian Territories and the Threats to Israeli Democracy" with Yesh Din
April | "Examining Education, Media and Dialogue under Occupation" with Nader Ayish, Ilham Nasser, Sandra Silberstein, and Shelley Wong.
April | Students of Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative
June | "Can the Occupation of Palestine be Undone?" Discussion with Miko Peled



January | The Goldstone Report with Laila El-Haddad, Phyllis Bennis and Editor Philip Weiss
February | Author Laila El-Haddad and her book, "Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between"
April | Palestinian Peace Activists Mira Dabit and Hanna Qassis with Jewish Voice for Peace
September | Discussion with OneVoice Youth Leaders
November | "Health and Human Rights in Israel/Palestine: Two Physicians Report from the Front Lines" with doctors Allam Jarrar and Ruchama Marton
November | "Visual Impact: B’Tselem’s Camera Distribution Project" with B'Tselem Video Director Yoav Gross and project participants, Awatif Aljadili and Arafat Amira.
December | Film screening of "The Glass Wall: a Palestinian-Israeli Dialogue"



April | Peace Café Discussion with Bard College's Palestinian Youth Initiative
May | Middle East Peace Civic Forum and Legacy International discussion on how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict plays out across the Middle East.
May | Women’s health advocate and peace activist, Dr. Alice Rothchild discusses the new, updated edition of her book, “Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience
June | “The People's Journey” - Confronting the consequences of our foreign policy by showcasing the experiences of two Iraq war vets, an Iraqi refugee, an American activist just returned from five months in the Gaza Strip and (via Skype) youths from Afghanistan.
August | Discussion on Israeli Palestinian Conflict with New Story Leadership (NSL)
November | "A Conversation about Gaza" with J STREET
December | Peace Cafe with Cindy and Craig Corrie, parents of peace activist Rachel Corrie who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003.
December | "Jerusalem: What's at Stake?" with J STREET