I knew Jack through our membership in the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace. WIAMEP. He was a kind and dear friend. We shared the commitment for a just peace for Palestinians.Before WIAMEP meetings we often had dinner together at a restaurant often joined by others. I enjoyed those times with Jack and will remember them fondly.
I met Jack around 2001. Several peace activists and I had started the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace (WIAMEP) in 2001, and he joined us about a year later. Jack and Krystyna had lived in Palestine for several years and loved it there. Krystyna's drawings at the time expressed the couple's deep love for Jerusalem, my home town, and its people. Jack continued being an active member of WIAMEP for about 15 years, until it devolved into other groups, two of which are still going strong. He generously hosted WIAMEP meetings and functions in his home. His passion for peace and justice radiated through his demeanor and touched all of us. He was a very dear friend who will be fondly remembered.
we think of Jack every day, actually, because he gave us -- when downsizing -- an Ecuadorean painting that hangs in the kitchen. We had so many things in common. Besides River Road UU Congregation, there was international development, Ecuador and Chile, art collecting, Central European spouses and social justice work. It was Charlotte's pleasure to pick him up at Ingleside for Sunday services from time to time, and both Tom and Charlotte enjoyed meals occasionally here or there (we lived walking distance apart). What a great human being and how we have been missing him for several years now.
Charlotte Jones Carroll and Tom Carroll
Jack and I first met about 14 years ago when I attended a meeting of the Middle East Task Force, which he and Stephen Buck chaired at River Road Unitarian Church. Both men had served in the Middle East, Jack as a project officer in support of Palestinian farming cooperatives and Stephen as a Foreign Service officer. I had just read President Jimmy Carter’s book, “Palestine, Peace Not Apartheid;” so I was interested in learning more about the Israeli-Palestinian issue. I was a high school student when the United States recognized the statehood of Israel in 1948, a situation I had supposed was similar to the United States declaring independence from England. Since my wife had served as a travel administrator for trips to Israel, I had mistakenly assumed a more favorable view about the development of Israel. Its Declaration of Statehood promised the development of the land for the benefit of all inhabitants without regard for race, religion, or gender. Jack contributed to my realization that Israel was clearly divided on this issue. Many Palestinians were dispossessed of their homeland. Israel has one set of laws for Jewish Israeli citizens and 5 sets of other laws for Palestinians, depending upon their location. Jack invited me to join the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, a small group of dedicated individuals who championed the human rights of Palestinians. We appreciate his helping us become advocates for improving the life of all inhabitants in Israel and its occupied territories. My wife and I fondly remember a delightful summer vacation in 2010 when Jack had invited us to join him in San Miquel de Allende.
Ralph and Janice Krause, 8606 Garfield St., Bethesda, MD 20817