Fostering Dialogue – HDI Organizes a U.S. Congressional Staff Delegation to Israel and Palestine

Delegation on Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

The mission of HDI is to foster dialogue.  In pursuit of this mission, HDI organized a four-day program to Israel and Palestine November 19-24, 2015.  Congressional participants on this important delegation included:


Mr. Arthur Sidney, Chief of Staff, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)

Mr. Brandon Webb, Legislative Director, Rep. Robin L. Kelly (D-IL)

Mr. Cory Horton, Legislative Director, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)

Mr. Nathan Bennett, Legislative Director, Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)

Ms. Carrie Palmer Swope, Legislative Assistant, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)

Ms. Deanne Millison, Legislative Director, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

Mr. Omair Mirza, Legislative Assistant, Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)

Mr. Reginald Babin, Legislative Director, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA)

Ms. Hannah Murphy, Legislative Assistant, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)

Ms. Laura Hughes, Foreign Policy and Military Affairs Advisor, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)

Mr. Reggie McCrimmon, Director of Member Services and External Affairs, CBC

Mr. Saul Hernandez, Legislative Director, Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC)

Mr. Sharef Al Najjar, Operations Manager, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

Mr. Tim Robinson, Chief Counsel, Committee on Energy and Commerce

Delegation Meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.  HDI Chair Dr. Al Khalafalla Leading Discussions
Delegation with President Mahmud Abbas
Delegation with President Mahmud Abbas
Delegation at Working Lunch, Ramallah