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Journalists Will Probe Changes in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Authors of "This Burning Land" will speak at Congregation Etz Chaim

Authors of "This Burning Land" will speak at Congregation Etz Chaim

Greg Myre and Jennifer Griffin, husband-and-wife journalists and authors of the book "This Burning Land," will speak at the annual JUF brunch hosted by Congregation Etz Chaim, 1710 S. Highland Avenue in Lombard, on Sunday, February 5th at 9:30 am.

Myre, a New York Times reporter, and Griffin, a Fox News correspondent, witnessed the pivotal events in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the past decade, and will show how the conflict has changed dramatically during that time.

The couple arrived in Jerusalem in 1999, and soon found themselves raising two young daughters while covering the worst fighting ever between Israelis and Palestinians. Their book delves into the thinking that motivates some Palestinians to become suicide bombers while others work as informants for Israel’s security forces. It illuminates the thinking of Israeli settlers in West Bank outposts, and young Israeli troops who stage midnight raids on Palestinian strongholds.

Comments Cheryl Morris, Etz Chaim member and event chair, "This will be a gripping first-hand account of what it was like to live in Jerusalem during the Palestinian uprising. From their in-depth reporting, the speakers have insights into the motivations and thinking on both sides of the conflict that will be most enlightening."

The event, which benefits the 2012 Jewish United Fund-Israel Emergency Fund, is sponsored by Etz Chaim's Social Action Committee. All are welcome and there is no charge to attend. To reserve a seat, call Karen Zaransky at 312-444-2810 or email

Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County is a Reform synagogue that has served the western suburbs for over 50 years. For more information, visit

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