The Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, through its "Friends of Sabeel" support network, held a conference in Chicago. Speakers made allegations of ethnic cleansing against Israel and of employing chemical weapons against Palestinian civilians. The conference served as a platform to promote divestment from Israel, and Mayor Richard Daley sent a widely-criticized welcome letter. The Chicago conference is set to be the first of four to be held in October, with three more to follow in Toronto, Denver and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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