March 21, 2011
Ziad Abbas at UW-Madison

4 – 5:30 pm
Room 336, Ingraham Hall
UW-Madison [Map]

Ziad Abbas will speak on “Palestine amid the Arab World Uprising: Facts on the Ground and Prospects for the Future”. A Palestinian whose family was uprooted from Zakariah in 1948, Ziad Abbas will discuss his experiences growing up under Israeli Occupation. He will discuss the Palestinian experience both past and present, and examine the impact of the popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and beyond on the future of the Palestinian people.

Sponsored by the UW Division of International Studies. Co-sponsored by Madison-Rafah Sister City Project.

March 20, 2011
Annual Rachel Corrie Dinner

Cash bar/socializing 5:30 pm
Dinner 6:00 pm
Program 7 – 9 pm
Bunky’s Cafe
2425 Atwood Avenue
Madison [Map]

Film: One Family in Gaza
Speaker: Ziad Abbas of the Middle East Children’s Alliance

This year’s dinner will be a benefit for the MAIA clean water project of the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA). The program will feature a talk by MECA’s Associate Director Ziad Abbas and the Madison premier of the new short film One Family in Gaza.

Ziad Abbas is from Dheisheh Refugee Camp in the West Bank. He offers listeners his own experience growing up under Israeli Occupation, along with sharp political analysis and inspiration to take action. He will discuss Palestine’s water crisis in the broader context of ongoing displacement, military occupation, and the current political events in the Arab world.

He will tell you about the Middle East Children’s Alliance’s Maia Project, which provides clean, safe drinking water for children in Palestine by installing water purification and desalination units in schools and kindergartens. To date, more than twenty-seven units have been installed serving nearly 30,000 children thanks to the fund raising efforts of groups and individuals throughout the United States, including one provided last year to the Tuyor Al Jena (Birds of Paradise) Kindergarten in Rafah by the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project. MRSCP has now raised over 80 percent of the funding for a second, larger system at the UN Rafah Girls Elementary School.

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February 24, 2011
Talk: "Uprisings: from the Middle East to the Midwest"

Amy Goodman in Madison

Democracy Now! Executive Producer Amy Goodman and Senior Producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous will speak on “Uprisings: from the Middle East to the Midwest” at the Orpheum Theater, 216 State Street, Madison at 7pm. The event is a benefit for WORT 89.9FM and in solidarity with Wisconsin workers.

Sharif Abdel Kouddous has just returned from Cairo, Egypt, where he has been producing groundbreaking reports on the Jan. 25th revolution. This will be his first public talk since arriving back in the US.

Feb. 23, 2011
from Democracy Now! Blog

As many as 80,000 people marched to the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison on Saturday as part of an ongoing protest against newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to not just badger the state’s public employee unions, but to break them. The Madison uprising follows on the heels of those in the Middle East. A sign held by one university student, an Iraq War vet, read, “I went to Iraq and came home to Egypt?”

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Egypt’s uprising and its implications for Palestine

Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 29 January 2011

We are in the middle of a political earthquake in the Arab world and the ground has still not stopped shaking. To make predictions when events are so fluid is risky, but there is no doubt that the uprising in Egypt — however it ends — will have a dramatic impact across the region and within Palestine.

If the Mubarak regime falls, and is replaced by one less tied to Israel and the United States, Israel will be a big loser. As Aluf Benn commented in the Israeli daily Haaretz, “The fading power of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s government leaves Israel in a state of strategic distress. Without Mubarak, Israel is left with almost no friends in the Middle East; last year, Israel saw its alliance with Turkey collapse” (“Without Egypt, Israel will be left with no friends in Mideast,” 29 January 2011).

Indeed, Benn observes, “Israel is left with two strategic allies in the region: Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.” But what Benn does not say is that these two “allies” will not be immune either.

Over the past few weeks I was in Doha examining the Palestine Papers leaked to Al Jazeera. These documents underscore the extent to which the split between the US-backed Palestinian Authority in Ramallah headed by Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction, on the one hand, and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, on the other — was a policy decision of regional powers: the United States, Egypt and Israel. This policy included Egypt’s strict enforcement of the siege of Gaza.

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February 20, 2011
Reception with Medea Benjamin of Code Pink

1:30 – 3:30 pm
RSVP to dwallbaum (at)

Afternoon dessert reception with Medea Benjamin of Code Pink. Come and help us raise funds for our second Gaza water filters project, meet Medea and discuss her experiences in Gaza. This event is at a private residence in Madison. To attend, please RSVP to dwallbaum (at) or call 239-6005. Desserts and beverages will be served. A donation for our next Maia Project water filter for the UNRWA Elementary Girl’s School in Rafah Refugee Camp will be greatly appreciated.

January 12, 2011
Israel's Apartheid Wall and the Fight to Stop It

Gal Lugossi will also be a guest on WORT Radio’s A Public Affair with host Esty Dinur, beginning at 12 noon on Wednesday, January 12.

Humanities, Room 1651
455 N Park St [Map]
7:00 pm

Israeli conscientious objector and activist Gal Lugossi is a member of the Shministim war resisters. She is on a national speaking tour for the Anarchists Against the Wall action group.

Anarchists Against the Wall has been prominent in the Palestinian-led campaign of mass civil disobedience against the wall. Ms. Lugossi has spent time in the village of Bil’in, whose people have led the struggle against the wall with weekly demonstrations for the last six years, and where just this week another Palestinian activist was killed by tear gas.

Ms.Lugossi also belongs to the Boycott from Within group and volunteers for the Coalition of Women for Peace and the Who Profits project.

Co-sponsored by American Jews for a Just Peace — Madison, Madison Infoshop, and Madison-Rafah Sister City Project. Funded in part by the Associated Students of Madison (ASM does not necessarily endorse the beliefs or actions of this organization).

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Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian, 65, in His Bedroom

Subhiya Awad al-Qawasmeh placed a picture of her husband, Omar, where he was killed. (Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times)


Afterward they asked for his identity card

ISABEL KERSHNER, The New York Times, January 7, 2011

HEBRON, West Bank — Israeli soldiers shot and killed an unarmed 65-year-old Palestinian man in his bedroom in this tense city early Friday, in what appeared to be a case of mistaken identity.

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