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2010

  • Clean WATER for Rafah’s Children

    We ask you to help us give the gift of Clean WATER for Rafah’s Children Children at the Tuyar Al-Jena Kindergarten in Rafah were excited to receive a Maia Project water desalination and filtration system provided by Madison-Rafah Sister City Project in memory of MRSCP member Ken Coffeen. There is a growing water crisis in…


  • Israeli Intransigence Lets BDS Into the Mainstream

    Alex Kane, December 21, 2010 The world is fed up with Israel, with its continued colonization of the West Bank, its continued ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem, its suffocating siege of Gaza and its crackdown on nonviolent Palestinian popular resistance. This major Human Rights Watch report exposes the infrastructure of Israeli apartheid. Israeli intransigence on the…


  • Milwaukee Billboard on U.S. Taxes for Israel


  • First Rafah Water Filter Project

      Hello everyone, Thought you might like to see these pictures of the first water filter installed in the kindergarten in Rafah….from the funds raised over the past year. As we requested, our gift inscription is in memory of Ken Coffeen. Barb O.   Hi Barb and Kathy, I just received these photos of the…


  • November 11, 2010
    USS Liberty Film and Discussion

    Thursday November 11 Madison Central Library 201 W. Mifflin St. [Map] 6:30 pm Film screening and discussion of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. Hosted by the Peregrine Forum to mark Veterans Day. For more information, call 442-8399.   (Photo: Wikipedia)


  • November 17, 2010
    Gilbert Achcar: "The Arabs and the Holocaust"

    (Photo: The Arabic Hour) Gilbert Achcar “The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives” Wednesday, November 17 UW-Madison (Room to be announced — see “Today in the Union”) 7:00 pm Noted Middle East scholar, historian and intellectual Gilbert Achcar will be speaking in Madison on November 17th. Touring the US to promote his…


  • November 10, 2010
    John Mearsheimer to Speak in Madison

    Student Progressive Dane and the Middle Eastern Law Student Association present Professor John Mearsheimer Greater Israel’s Bleak Future Wednesday, November 10, 2010 3650 Humanities, UW-Madison 7:00-9:00 PM University of Chicago Political Science Professor John Mearsheimer is the author of numerous books and articles, including most famously, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics and The Israel…


  • November 3, 2010
    Glenn Greenwald to Speak in Madison

    Glenn Greenwald will be on A Public Affair WORT-FM 89.9 with host Esty Dinur on Wednesday, November 3rd, from noon to one. Student Progressive Dane and the Middle Eastern Law Student Association present Wars Without End: The War on Terrorism and Against Civil Liberties in the Obama Era Wednesday, November 3, 2010 2650 Humanities, UW-Madison…


  • October 21, 2010
    Ann Wright to speak in Madison

    From Afghanistan to Gaza: Obama’s Middle East Policy in Crisis 7:00 pm 180 Science Hall UW-Madison 550 N. Park Street [Map] The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project is co-sponsoring a talk by Ann Wright on U.S. Middle East policy. Ann Wright is a retired Army colonel and former US diplomat who resigned from the State Department…


  • October 13, 2010
    Film: Life in Occupied Palestine

    Life in Occupied Palestine provides an excellent introduction — in a down-to-earth, non-alienating way — to the occupation in Palestine and the nonviolent movement for freedom and equality in the Holy Land.


  • UN Fact-Finding Mission Says Israelis Executed US Citizen Furkan Dogan

    Gareth Porter, Truthout, 27 September 2010 Furkan Dogan, a 19-year-old US citizen of Turkish descent, was aboard the Mavi Marmara when he was killed by Israeli commandos. (Photo: freegazaorg) The report of the fact-finding mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the Israeli attack on the Gaza…


  • Fighting Bob Fest Israel/Palestine Panel Now Online

    Israel and Palestine: A Progressive View This workshop, sponsored by a large number of Wisconsin groups including the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project and the United Nations Association Dane County, represents one of the first times that Fighting Bob Fest has ventured into the area of international social justice. This groundbreaking presentation, moderated by Progressive Magazine…


  • October 7, 2010
    Fall Educational Series on the History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice 122 State St, Rm 407, Madison 6:30 pm Organized by the Peregrine Forum and supported by the Wisconsin Network for Peace Justice (WNPJ). The first class will provide broad historical background of the Middle East and the Abrahamic religions up to the 19th century and is a Prologue to…


  • September 19, 2010
    PALESTINE: DANGEROUS PASSAGE TO SCHOOL

    Goodman Community Center 149 Wabesa St, Madison Room Bolz B 5 7 pm [Map] Free and open to all — light refreshments A report on the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) work in the south Hebron hills, as part of an ongoing project in the small town of Tuwani, providing witness and support to Palestinian children…


  • Why Israelis Don’t Care About Peace with Palestinians

    Karl Vick, Time, September 2, 2010 Jerusalem Heli and Eli sell condos on Exodus Street, a name that evokes a certain historical hardship in a neighborhood that suggests none at all, the ingathering of the Jews having entered a whole new realm here. The talk in the little office is of interest rates and panoramic…


  • Hamas, the IRA and Us

    ALI ABUNIMAH, The New York Times, August 28, 2010 (Chicago) GEORGE J. MITCHELL, the United States Middle East envoy, tried to counter low expectations for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations by harking back to his experience as a mediator in Northern Ireland. At an Aug. 20 news conference with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, announcing…


  • Israeli rabbi remarks on Palestinians deeply offensive: US

    Agence France Presse, 29 Aug 2010 WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Sunday condemned as deeply offensive remarks by an influential Israeli rabbi who said he hoped Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas would vanish from our world. We regret and condemn the inflammatory statements by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said in…


  • ADL explains why Foxman lobbied against imams Auschwitz trip

    O you who believe, stand up firmly for justice as witnesses to Almighty God. (Holy Quran, al-Nisa The Women 4:135) We bear witness to the absolute horror and tragedy of the Holocaust where over twelve million human souls perished, including six million Jews. We condemn any attempts to deny this historical reality and declare such…


  • Maia – MECA’s Gaza Water Project

    We ask you to help us give the gift of Clean WATER for Rafah’s Children Children at the Tuyor Al-Jena Kindergarten in Rafah were excited to receive a Maia Project water desalination and filtration system provided by Madison-Rafah Sister City Project in memory of MRSCP member Ken Coffeen. There is a growing water crisis in…


  • Break the Silence Mural Project

    Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, July 2010 THE RACHEL Corrie Foundation and Break the Silence Mural Project unveiled the Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural on May 8 at Labor Temple building, in downtown Olympia, WA. The mural tells a tale of two cities linked through tragedy: Olympia, WA, where Rachel Corrie grew up and attended Evergreen…


  • Madison Area Peace Coalition: Flotilla attack shows need to end Gaza siege

    Madison Area Peace Coalition, Cap Times, Jun 13, 2010 The Madison peace community condemns the Israeli murder of nine activists aboard the Mavi Marmara on May 31. Nineteen-year-old U.S. citizen Furkan Dogan was among the slain. Other unarmed activists, including American and Israeli citizens, were illegally arrested in international waters. Though the activists’ ship flew…


  • Opening Rafah crossing as lifeline for Gaza poses dilemma for Egypt

    President Hosni Mubarak caught between Arab solidarity and pragmatic approach to Israel, his country’s neighbours Palestinians carry their luggage to the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza. Photograph: Eyad Baba/AP Jack Shenker, The Guardian, 2 June 2010 Rafah — From the donkey carts trundling down near empty roads in the afternoon heat, you would…


  • Israeli attack on Gaza flotilla sparks international outrage

    Israeli navy stormed the Mavi Marmara, the flagship of a flotilla of vessels crewed by pro-Palestinian activists An Israeli naval vessel patrols beside one of six ships bound for Gaza. Photograph: Reuters Robert Booth, The Guardian, 31 May 2010 They came by sea and air, shattering the peace of a Mediterranean night. Shortly after 4.30am…


  • Did UW-Madison campus Hillel ‘freak out’?

    Hard questions were asked about speaker’s views toward Israel Bill Lueders, Isthmus, May 6, 2010 Steve Horn admits he was drawn to bringing in a Palestinian speaker to a campus-based celebration of Israel in part because he “didn’t want to be part of propaganda.” Horn, a UW-Madison junior majoring in political science and legal studies,…


  • Cecil Findley, March 12, 1930 — April 13, 2010

    Cecil and Helen Findley at Fighting BobFest Cecil Findley Public adviser, endorser and defender during the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project debate From the Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice We say goodbye to two dear friends of the Network who both fought tirelessly for peace and justice. We remember their work in the shape of…


  • Activists embrace nonviolence in world’s hot spots

    Josh Brollier and Sister Pat Chaffee. Photo courtesy of Phil Haslanger. Phil Haslanger, Cap Times, Apr 1, 2010 Josh Brollier and Sister Pat Chaffee are in many ways a study in contrasts with each other and with the way most Americans live — and those contrasts make this unlikely pair thought-provoking. Chaffee is a 72-year-old…


  • The Map: The Story of Palestinian Nationhood Thwarted

    Juan Cole, Informed Comment, March 16, 2010 On March 10, I posted on the humiliation heaped on Vice President Joe Biden by the Israeli government of far-right Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu. Biden went to Israel intending to help kick off indirect negotiations between Netanyahu and Palestine Authority president Mahmoud Abbas. Biden had no sooner arrived…


  • Netanyahu defies U.S. over Jerusalem settlement

    Jeffrey Heller, Reuters, 15 March 2010 JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday rejected any curbs on Jewish settlement in and around Jerusalem, defying Washington in Israel’s deepening crisis with U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration. “For the past 40 years, no Israeli government ever limited construction in the neighborhoods of Jerusalem,” he said in…


  • March 21, 2010
    Building Hope for the Children

    Commemorating the life of Rachel Corrie Sunday, March 21 4:30-5:30 pm Silent Auction viewing and bidding 5:30-6:30 pm Vegetarian Dinner by Lulu’s restaurant 6:30-9:00 pm Program Fellowship Hall, First United Methodist Church 203 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison [Map] A benefit dinner and program sponsored by the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project and Madison Playgrounds for Palestine. Tickets…


  • March 18, 2010
    Momentum for Gaza: A report on the Gaza Freedom March

    Photo: Laura Durkay Edgewood College Predolin Humanities Center [Map], Room 307 Madison 7:00 pm Josh Brollier, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Non-Violence, will give a talk with slides about this historic January 2010 march where 1300 delegates from 43 countries tried to break the siege of Gaza from Egypt. Sponsored by Pax Christi, Madison-Rafah Sister…


  • February 23, 2010
    Bridging the Divide: Kobi and Aziz

    Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 7 pm, Room B1B Lowell Center, UW Madison [Map] Aziz Abu-Sarah is a former Fatah Youth Member and now a veteran Palestinian peacebuilder. Kobi Skolnick is an ex-Kahana settler turned Israeli peacemaker. Together they talk about their path-breaking peace work across enemy lines. National tour sponsored by The Center for World…


  • January 12, 2010
    Gaza one year on: Operation Cast Lead and the Goldstone Report

    United Nations Association of Dane County Speaker: Jennifer Loewenstein Tuesday, January 12, 2010  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Friends Meeting House 1704 Roberts Ct, Madison  [Map] Please join us for our first meeting of 2010 to hear our Global Citizen of the Year award winner, Jennifer Loewenstein. Free parking is available at the Friends Meeting…


  • Mike Murray: Baldwin displays compassion for Gaza

    Mike Murray, Capital Times, Jan 8, 2010 Dec. 27 marked the one-year anniversary of Israel’s brutal invasion of the occupied Gaza Strip, which was commonly referred to as “Operation Cast Lead.” During this three-week act of aggression, Israel killed more than 1,400 Palestinians, injured thousands more, and destroyed billions of dollars of Palestinian civilian infrastructure.…