April 6-27, 2008
O-LIVE! O-LIVE! Events to benefit Augusta Victoria Hospital, Jerusalem

O-LIVE! O-LIVE! Silent art auction and other events to benefit Augusta Victoria Hospital, Jerusalem.

Location: St. Stephens Lutheran Church, 5700 Pleasant Hill Rd., Monona, WI. For info call: Church office: 608-222-1241 or
Robin: 608-221-0809

Sunday, April 6, 7 pm: Movie The Iron Wall by Mohammad Alatar.
Refreshments and open discussion to follow. Donations accepted for the hospital benefit. For a review of the movie see: palestineonlinestore.com.

Sunday, April 13
6:30 pm: Live music and gathering
7 pm: Movie Occupation 101

Refreshments and open discussion will follow the movie. Donations toward Augusta Victoria Hospital will be accepted. For a review of the film see: palestineonlinestore.com.

Sunday, April 20
5:30 – 6 pm Monthly Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East
6 – 7:30 pm Soup for schools dinner and lecture.

Dr. Jim Bailey professor emeritus Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa will give a talk entitled: “Barriers to peace in the Middle East.” Soup and salad provided, donations accepted.

Sunday, April 27 6–8 pm: O-Live! O-Live! Closing reception
Live music, great treats, and great coffee!Join us for the final viewing of the silent art auction benefiting Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH). Reception begins at 6 pm and at 8 pm bidding will end and high bidders can pay and leave with their new art
work. If not in attendance, winning bidders will be notified and can pay and pick up their artwork from the church during regular church hours. 100% of proceeds from the auction benefit AVH.

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April 16-19, 2008
Scott Ritter Events in Madison II

“The Reality of Arms Control: From the Trenches”
Madison Committee on Foreign Relations
Wednesday, April 16, 5:30-7:30 pm
Edgewater Hotel, Rigadoon Room, 666 Wisconsin Ave, Madison

Registration and a fee required — for more information see wage.wisc.edu.

Sponsors: Madison Committee on Foreign Relations; UW-Madison Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) and Middle East Studies Program.

“Intelligence Failure: Why Did So Many People Think There Were Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq?”
Thursday, April 17, 12-1:30 pm
Grainger Hall Room 4151, 975 University Avenue, UW-Madison

Free and open to the public.

Sponsors: UW-Madison Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE), Middle East Studies Program, and Global Studies; Madison Committee on Foreign Relations, and The Madison Institute.

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A Playground for Jenin!

Playgrounds for Palestine – Madison 2008 Project: A Playground for Jenin!

PfP-Madison is excited to announce that our first fundraising project is to raise $12,000 in 2008 to build a playground in the Jenin Refugee Camp.

This camp in the West Bank — home to 12,000 refugees — was destroyed during the last Intifada and hundreds of its citizens were massacred by the Israeli Army in 2002.

Needless to say, many children have been traumatized (42.3% of the camp’s residents are under the age of fifteen). In addition, since the playground equipment will be produced in the West Bank, our projects will also help to stimulate the devastated local economy.

There are so many ways that the playgrounds will benefit the communities. Please help us succeed!

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Palestinians Fear Two-Tier Road System

“There is already a separate legal system in the territories for Israelis and Palestinians,” said Limor Yehuda, who argued the recent case for the civil rights association on behalf of six Palestinian villages. “With the approval of separate roads, if it becomes a widespread policy, then the word for it will be ‘apartheid.’ ”

ETHAN BRONNER, The New York Times, 28 March 2008

BEIT SIRA, West Bank — Ali Abu Safia, mayor of this Palestinian village, steers his car up one potholed road, then another, finding each exit blocked by huge concrete chunks placed there by the Israeli Army. On a sleek highway 100 yards away, Israeli cars whiz by.

“They took our land to build this road, and now we can’t even use it,” Mr. Abu Safia says bitterly, pointing to the highway with one hand as he drives with the other. “Israel says it is because of security. But it’s politics.”

The object of Mr. Abu Safia’s contempt — Highway 443, a major access road to Jerusalem — has taken on special significance in the grinding Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For the first time, the Supreme Court, albeit in an interim decision, has accepted the idea of separate roads for Palestinians in the occupied areas.

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Interfaith Peace-Builders

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Since the founding of Interfaith Peace-Builders in 2001, one of our main goals and priorities has been bringing diverse groups of Americans to Israel/Palestine

As our 26th delegation prepares to leave for the region, this remains one of our foremost concerns.  We need to meet the challenge of giving low income Americans and individuals from diverse communities the same possibilities of understanding, empathy and change that IFPB delegations provide to those who can afford the full price. 

This goal is even more important now, with the current crisis in Israel/Palestine becoming ever more unstable.  Recent journalism has increasingly implicated US policymakers in the humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip and the political stalemate gripping the Palestinian leadership.  At the same time, more Americans are asking for the opportunity to join IFPB’s delegations, and many are unable to afford the rising costs.

IFPB has always maintained a scholarship fund to provide low income delegates with travel stipends so that they can more easily meet the costs of the delegation.  However, this fund is currently dangerously low.  With three more innovative and important delegations scheduled this year, we are in need of further support.

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April 3, 2008
Amira Hass in Madison

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
7:30 pm
Pyle Center, UW Campus

Amira Hass is a world-renowned Israeli journalist, and the only one who actually lives among the Palestinians that she reports on. She is a courageous and articulate voice on the Israeli occupation and oppression of the Palestinians.

Hass covers Palestinian affairs for the Israeli daily Haaretz. She is the author of Drinking the Sea at Gaza and Reporting from Ramallah. Known for her honest and often brutal portrayals of the impact of Israeli occupation on the lives of ordinary Palestinians, she received the 1999 International World Press Freedom Award in recognition of her work in the Gaza Strip. She gave this talk as part of the “Reporting the Middle East” lecture series at UW-Madison in October 2003.

Hass will also be a guest on A Public Affair on Friday, April 4th from noon to 1:00 p.m. on WORT 89.9 FM with host Judith Siers-Poisson.

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March 22, 2008
Ilan Pappe Reading-Discussion Series

March 22, 2008
2 – 4 p.m.
Escape Java Joint
916 Williamson St.

Paul Beckett, Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, 21 March 08

This is addressed to people interested in the Israel-Palestine situation and its history. I am reading Ilan Pappe’s The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006). It is a concise, easy to read history that is of really dazzling quality. I think it is the most important work done on the history of Israel and the Palestinians in many, many years. Pappe is a distinguished Israeli historian and, among other things, this is an amazingly courageous book for him to write. I should think that Israeli historiography can never be the same.

The book is now in paperback and I heartily recommend it.

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March 15 – April 19, 2008
Scott Ritter Events in Madison I

UPCOMING EVENTS from The Madison Institute (TMI), A Policy Study Center in the Progressive Tradition:

The Progressive Roundtable
“Book Review: Two Books by Scott Ritter”
Saturday, March 15, 2008
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Meriter Maingate, 333 W. Main Street, Madison, WI

(See background on Scott Ritter under the forum announcement below.)

TMI Board Members Fred Johnson and Paul Beckett will review two of Ritter’s books: Waging Peace: The Art of War for the Anti-War Movement and Target Iran. This will be followed by a group discussion.

Scott Ritter: “Waging Peace: Citizenship in a Time of Unjust War”
Saturday, April 19, 2008
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Wisconsin State Historical Society Auditorium
UW-Madison Campus

Mr. Ritter is a former Marine Intelligence Officer and former lead weapons inspector in Iraq for the United Nations. He is also the author of “Waging Peace: The Art of War for the Anti-War Movement” and his latest work, “Target Iran”. At this forum he will touch on issues such as supporting the troops without supporting the mission, the role of the media in shaping views and how citizens could counter, the Constitution as a citizens center of gravity, and some practical ideas for how citizens can “Wage Peace”.

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My Name Is Rachel Corrie brings activist’s words to life in Madison

The show examines what it’s like for a 23-year-old woman to understand how the ‘rest of the world’ lives as she’s trying to understand herself and come to terms with growing up.

Amelia Cook Fontella, Isthmus, March 8, 2008

On March 16, 2003, My Name Is Rachel Corrie is Rachel’s story, told almost completely in words taken from these emails and her journals. The show first opened to sold-out audiences in London in April 2005. Its New York premiere in 2006 was cancelled due to outside pressure and what some suggested was flat-out censorship. After a successful off-Broadway run, My Name Is Rachel Corrie has been performed all over the world. And now, this one-woman show about an extraordinary young activist, writer, and dreamer comes to Madison for a short run.

I arrived at the Orpheum Theatre on March 7, opening night, and the lobby restaurant was still abuzz with lingering diners who had joined Rachel Corrie’s parents, Craig and Cindy — in town for this performance — for a pre-show benefit dinner. The play was about to start, things were a bit chaotic, and tickets were in short supply, but the chaos was a warm one, with strangers being friendly to each other and an overwhelming sense that something important was about to happen.

My Name Is Rachel Corrie focuses on the life, not the death, of Rachel Corrie. Portrayed to perfection by actress Brittany Jordt, a student at UW-Madison, Rachel first appears on stage as a vibrant young woman in a bedroom strewn with dirty laundry and fashion magazines. Jordt’s interpretation of Corrie’s imagination and her intelligent innocence bring to mind Luisa from The Fantasticks or Anne from Anne of Green Gables.

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Corries deliver daughter’s message of hope

RachelCarrie_JSJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photo

Adrian Pijoan, Badger Herald, Mar 7, 2008

Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American peace activist, was killed in 2003 while volunteering for the International Solidarity Movement in the Gaza Strip. Corrie was fatally injured while attempting to prevent an Israeli military bulldozer from demolishing a Palestinian home in the city of Rafah. While the Israeli government claims the bulldozer was not the cause of the young activist’s death, seven international eyewitnesses and the U.S. State Department maintain Corrie was crushed to death by the bulldozer even though she was wearing a bright orange vest and in plain view of the driver. Tonight, a play based on her life and writings, My Name is Rachel Corrie, opens at the Orpheum Theatre.

Before the play opened, Corrie’s parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, spoke with The Badger Herald, and they expressed their hope that people will realize that this play is fundamentally the story of the life of an American girl, albeit one who had a long-term interest in marginalized peoples.

“It’s not just 90 minutes of diatribe about what she’s seeing in Gaza,” Craig Corrie said. “Some of it’s very funny. People don’t realize that. It’s sort of about a kid. There’s a lot to it.”

After Corrie passed away, her parents felt it was necessary to deliver the story of her life to the public. The Royal Court Theatre in London, intending to produce a play, requested access to Corrie’s writings and received them near the end of 2004.

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