2016

  • Diana Buttu & Gideon Levy on Israeli Settlements, Kerry, Military Aid & End of Two-State Solution

    Democracy Now! December 30, 2016 Guests Diana Buttu — attorney based in Palestine. She has served as a legal adviser to the Palestinians in negotiations with Israel. She was previously an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Gideon Levy — Haaretz columnist and a member of the newspaper’s editorial board. His new article is titled…


  • Will Israel Echo South Africa’s Apartheid?

    At this point, the South Africa example is most instructive. Recall the state of that country as the campaign to abolish apartheid built up steam — a privileged white minority ruling a black majority in a violent and brutal system. Economic and trade sanctions gradually beginning to strangle this nation that had historically been Africa’s…


  • The Two-State Solution: What It Is and Why It Hasn’t Happened

    “The two-state solution has for decades been the primary focus of efforts to achieve peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Here’s a basic guide.” “With few viable or popular alternatives, the most likely choice may be to simply maintain the status quo — though few believe that is possible in the long term.” Yet Israel has…


  • Kerry harshly condemns Israeli settler activity as an obstacle to peace

    Secretary of State John F. Kerry speaks about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the U.S. decision to allow passage of a U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settler activity in the West Bank. (Andrew Harnik-Associated Press) Carol Morello, The Washington Post, December 28, 2016 Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Wednesday offered a harsh and detailed…


  • How Israel Misuses the Bible

    By fuming over a U.N. resolution against Israel’s settlements on Palestinian land, Israeli leaders reveal their final solution for the Palestinians – to deny them property rights and displace them. Daniel C. Maguire, Consortiumnews.com, December 27, 2016 Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, let the theological cat out of the bag.   When the…


  • Israel rejects ‘shameful’ UN resolution amid criticism of Netanyahu

    “Resolution 2334 shatters the [Israeli] government-induced illusion that the settlement project has been normalised, that it passed the point of no return, that it is now a fait accompli that will remain unchallenged” Peter Beaumont, The Guardian, 24 December 2016 Israel’s ambassador to UN rejects ‘shameful’ resolution to halt Israeli settlements Jerusalem — Israel has…


  • What the UN Security Council resolution means for the US and Israel

    Oren Liebermann, CNN, December 26, 2016 Israel has bitterly denounced the resolution They warn it harms, not helps, the peace process Jerusalem (CNN) — The United Nations Security Council on Friday passed a resolution condemning Israel’s settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The United States abstained on the resolution, allowing it to pass,…


  • Update January 28, 2017
    Freeze for Peace Run and Walk!

    [pdf-embedder url=”http://madisonrafah.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Freeze-Flyer-FINAL-.pdf” title=”Freeze Flyer-FINAL-“]   Links for Registration Online: freezeforpeace.itsyourrace.com Mail-in Form: colombiasupport.net Mark your calendars for something different: the Freeze for Peace Run sponsored by Colombia Support Network with support from MRSCP, to fund food programs that benefit the citizens of the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado in Colombia. This very important…


  • Open Doors for Refugees — Madison

    Here is the latest update from Open Doors for Refugees about the expected Syrian refugees coming to Madison. Open Doors is looking for furniture, household items, and gift certificates for the families. Dear Friends,   There’s been a tremendous outpouring of support for Open Doors, especially since the election.  Thanks to all of you who’ve contacted…


  • Hope & Peace Foundation For Children Update

    Anees Mansour, December 16, 2016 Dear Friends, Assalamu Alaikum & Hello Everyone, I hope you, your family and friends are doing well. Special thanks to our old and new donors for your contributions to our winter project “Keep Children Of Gaza Warm.” Alhamdulillah (Thanks to God) we have achieved our goal within a few days…


  • Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project!

    Find out what happened at last night's hearing . . . and join us for a holiday celebration Become a Member * Website * LIKE US ON Facebook  *  FOLLOW BNSCP ON Twitter Last Night, Council Approved NABLUS As Boulder’s 8th Sister City . . . We knew you’d want to know immediately, and we’ll send all the details…


  • Reversing 2013 decision, Boulder makes Nablus a sister city

    Boulder City Council members vote 7-2 in favor of sister city proposal Alex Burness, DailyCamera Boulder News, 12/13/2016 Tom Hovestol, right, and Sid Fox listen to a speaker during a Boulder City Council meeting regarding the proposed sister city of Nablus, Palestine, on Tuesday at the Boulder Municipal Building. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer) The…


  • Palestinian Author Reflects on Life in Gaza

    Lupe Salmeron, Madison365, December 5, 2016 An audience of around 30 people gathered to hear from talented blogger and political analyst Laila El-Haddad on Nov. 29 at The Crossing. Laila El-Haddad is a talented blogger, political analyst, engaging public speaker, and parent-of-three from Gaza City. She is the author of Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting,…


  • New Senate bill threatens free speech

    Instead of fighting antisemitism, new Senate bill threatens free speech Jewish Voice for Peace, 06 December 2016 On Friday, without a single Senator in the Senate Chamber, the Senate unanimously passed the Antisemitism Awareness Act. Judging by the title, it seems a reasonable enough piece of legislation. And the Anti-Defamation League was one of its…


  • Rosary Sisters Catholic High School in Jerusalem, Palestine

    Dabka dance to “My Blood is Palestinian”. Enjoy. Shahir Hunaina, YouTube, November 16, 2016 My Blood is Palestinian (Dammi Falastini), translation by Sara Ba Keeping my oath, following my religion You will find me on my land I belong to my people, I sacrifice my soul for them My blood is Palestinian, Palestinian, Palestinian My…


  • How to See Palestine: An ABC of Colonialism

    Nicholas Mirzoeff, Critical Inquiry, November 28, 2016 Acknowledgements I visited accompanying the art activist group MTL and with the generous support of many Palestinians, especially Habshe Yossef. I would also like to acknowledge the decolonial activist group Zochrot for arranging my meeting at al-Aqarib. The full web project is still being worked on by techs…


  • No fires or inciting politicians can destroy our shared society

    Samah Salaime, +972, November 26, 2016 The wildfire that struck Neve Shalom-Wahat al-Salam left our Jewish-Arab village more resilient than ever before. We invite Israel’s politicians to learn from us on how to heal our society’s wounds. Fire fighters try to extinguish a forest fire in the forest near Neve Shalom and Latrun, outside Jerusalem, November…


  • Palestinians Blamed for Forest Fires Across Palestine

    Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, November 25, 2016 But fires are raging across Western Asia Middle East Fires, Past Week (Global Forest Watch, Washington, DC) Over 200 forest fires are raging in Palestine (now renamed the Jewish State of Israel, including its occupied Palestinian territories). Many countries are helping put out the fires, including four teams of…


  • Update November 25, 2016
    Laila El-Haddad on WORT

    Friday, Nov 25 WORT 89.9 FM A Public Affair 12:00 – 1:00 PM Starting at 6:00 minutes: Laila El-Haddad was the guest on WORT Radio’s noon-time call in show A Public Affair with host Esty Dinur. See The Gaza Kitchen with Laila El-Haddad in Madison for more info.


  • A letter from Gaza to the Natives of Standing Rock

    Israa Suliman, WE ARE NOT NUMBERS, November 15, 2016 Dear Native Americans, Although we are of different color, religion, culture and place, I have learned, as I read about the protests at Standing Rock, that we have much more in common than differences. When I read your history, I can see myself and my people…


  • Third Palestinian Submission to the International Criminal Court on Gaza Closure

    The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, November 22, 2016 Raji Sourani, Director of PCHR, and Issam Younis, Director of Al Mezan. Palestinian human rights organizations (Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Al-Haq, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, and Aldameer) held today, 22 November 2016, a press conference to announce presenting the third legal submission…


  • A Musical Message from the Children of Gaza to the World

    Wael Yazji’s 2007 operetta Ehna, with lyrics by the poet Jamal Darimli Wael Yazji, YouTube, November 23, 2007


  • Update from Anees in Rafah

    November 21, 2016 Dear Friends,  Alsalam Alaykum, I hope my email finds you well. I’m writing to keep you posted about the situation here at the moment, so I have good news and bad news, and I will start with the good news. Good News:  1. The Palestinian guy I mentioned in my previous update who was…


  • November 30, 2016
    Living in Limbo: East Jerusalem Behind the Separation Wall

    Wednesday, Nov. 30 Online Livestreaming at The Jerusalem Fund 12:00 – 1:00 pm CST A presentation by Moien Odeh, Attorney at Law and Visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. This talk will focus on the East Jerusalem neighborhoods behind the separation barrier, where approximately 120,000 Palestinians reside but the Palestinian…


  • Update November 29, 2016
    The Gaza Kitchen with Laila El-Haddad in Madison

    The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey is a cookbook and a documentary portrait of the Gaza Strip by Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt, published by Just World Books. The Crossing 1127 University Avenue Madison [Map] 4:30 pm: Gaza, From Blogging to Cooking and Everything In Between A Conversation with Laila El-Haddad based on topics…


  • Keep Gaza Children Warm

    Anees Mansour, gofundme, November 5, 2016  We are about to enter the winter season in Gaza. The houses can’t handle the weather as they are not insulated properly and we only get about eight hours of electricity a day. The conditions are extremely difficult. We’ve been working with children from some of the most marginalized…


  • EU recognizes right to boycott Israel

    Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada Activism and BDS Beat 28 October 2016 EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, left, has affirmed that boycotting Israel is a protected free speech right. (European External Action Service) The European Union recognizes the right of its citizens to boycott Israel, its top foreign policy official has said. “The EU…


  • Why Israel Still Refuses to Choose

    It’s easier to leave Palestinians in limbo waiting for a “peace process” that goes nowhere ROGER COHEN, The New York Times, October 28, 2016 One of the largest Israeli settlements on the West Bank, Maale Adumim, rising in the distance over the Palestinian village of Zaim (Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times) TEL AVIV…


  • Update October 22, 2016
    Wisconsin Book Festival: The Way to the Spring

    C-SPAN video link: c-span.org/video/?416995-3/ben-ehrenreich-discusses-way-spring Wisconsin Book Festival The Way to the Spring Ben Ehrenreich 10/22/2016 – 12:00pm Central Library – Community Rooms 301 & 302 Ben Ehrenreich first started reporting from the West Bank in 2011, on an assignment for Harper’s Magazine. He went back again for the New York Times the following year, which…


  • Free speech triumphs over pro-Israel bullies in US universities

    Nora Barrows-Friedman, The Electronic Intifada, 20 October 2016 Students constructed a mock wall on the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus to protest Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights. (SAFE-UMich Facebook) Students have won major victories for free speech on US campuses lately as attempts by Israel lobby groups to suppress Palestine solidarity activism continue to…


  • October 20, 2016
    Novelist Ben Ehrenreich on WORT

    Thursday, October 20 “A Public Affair” 12:00 – 1:00 pm Allen Ruff’s Thursday guest will be freelance journalist and novelist Ben Ehrenreich, author of “The Way to the Spring – Life and Death in Palestine,” which describes life in the Palestinian village of Nabi Salih and the villagers’ struggles against settler encroachments and state harassment…


  • Update October 23, 2016
    Israeli and Palestinian Parents Grieve, Work Together for Justice

    It Won’t Stop Until We Talk A Parents Circle Family Forum Presentation Sunday, October 23 Two families – one Jewish Israeli, one Palestinian Christian – have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict between their two nations. As part of this organization of over 600 families, George and Najwa Saadeh…


  • December 3, 2016
    Madison’s Fair Trade Holiday Festival

    Gifts with a Story Monona Terrace Convention Center 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison 9 am to 4 pm [Map] Admission is free. MRSCP will have a table offering kuffiyehs and other crafts, and olive oil.


  • October 23, 2016
    UNA-USA Luncheon: Madison: A Tale of Two Cities

    Update: The Room No. 4 Exhibit advertised previously will not be available at this event. Monona Terrace Hall of Ideas 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison 11:45 AM to 2:30 PM Please join the UNA-USA Dane County Chapter for our annual luncheon on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at Monona Terrace. This year’s luncheon: “Madison: A Tale…


  • November 20, 2016
    Orchard Ridge UCC Fair Trade Fair

    Sunday, November 20 Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ 1501 Gilbert Rd, Madison [Map] Annual Fair Trade Fair! Come find unusual and beautiful gifts and holiday items from around the world. All proceeds go to the organizations and their artisans to help them become self-sustaining. MRSCP will have a table offering kuffiyehs and other crafts,…


  • Fall fundraising appeal from MRSCP

    Luci Lights for Rafah and Playground finish for Hebron Dear Members and Friends of MRSCP, We would like to ask your support for two modest but important projects this fall. The first is to help MRSCP and the Rebuilding Alliance send a shipment of solar-powered, inflatable Luci Lights to a classroom of Rafah Children. $400…


  • Israeli Military Blocks Female Flotilla From Reaching Gaza

    Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, October 05, 2016 Group including Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire aimed ‘to highlight the vital role women play not only in the resistance movement, but in the survival of the Palestinian people as a whole’ Map shows the path the boat took through the Mediterranean before it was stopped by the Israeli…


  • SOS Women’s Boat to Gaza – Contact Lost

    At 15:58 CEST (Central European Summer Time) on 5 October, we lost contact again with the Zaytouna-Oliva and presume that the Israeli Occupation Navy has surrounded it in International Waters (latest recorded position: Lat+31.906033 Lon+33.757630) and has forced it off its course to Gaza. On board are 13 women, including Mairead Maguire, the 1976 Nobel…


  • October 11, 2016
    Online Panel: Against Israel’s Colonial Tide

    Tuesday, October 11 12 noon – 1 pm Central Listen live at http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/livestream Online panel discussion presented by the Palestine Center in DC: Against Israel’s Colonial Tide: Palestinian Initiatives to Shape Their Future with Nur Arafeh, Policy Fellow, Al-Shabaka Tareq G. Baconi, Policy Fellow, Al-Shabaka Nadia Hijab, Executive Director, Al-Shabaka This panel examines the intersection…


  • October 6, 2016
    Film: Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!

    UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center Red Gym – 2nd Floor 716 Langdon St, Madison, Wisconsin 7:30 pm Sponsored by UW-Madison Students for Justice in Palestine. Film screening of the documentary Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!, which follows queer activists fighting against Israeli pinkwashing propaganda in their community, providing a strategic primer on intersectional social justice activism.…


  • PHROC Welcomes the Launch of Women’s Boat to Gaza

    Al-Haq, 26 September 2016 The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) expresses its full supportof the Women’s Boat to Gaza, with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, to break the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip. PHROC calls upon the international community to support the voyage of the Boat until it reaches Gaza’s shores in an expression…


  • Zaytouna-Oliva departs for Gaza

    Amal-Hope II to follow soon Women’s Boat to Gaza, Messina, Italy, September 27, 2016 This morning at 9:50 am, women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US…


  • Zaytouna-Oliva leaves Corsica for Italy

    Women’s Boat to Gaza, September 20, 2016 Ajaccio, Corsica, France: The Women’s Boat to Gaza (Zaytouna-Oliva) left the port of Ajaccio at 09:30 this morning. It is due to arrive later this week in Messina, Sicily, Italy, where it will dock for the last time, prior to sailing to challenge the illegal blockade of Gaza.…


  • A special appeal from our friend Anees Mansour in Rafah

    The Hope and Peace Foundation has now been providing services for Rafah children for one year. The program is going to lose the lease on the building they are presently using, unless they raise six months worth of rent by the end of this month, through this on line funding campaign. Please see the link…


  • ADC Remembers Sabra and Shatila

    Washington, DC | www.adc.org | September 16, 2014 — Today marks 32 years since the Sabra and Shatila massacre — one of the bloodiest and most brutal atrocities of our time. On September 16, 1982, shortly after Israeli troops seized control of west Beirut, the right-wing Lebanese militia forces operating under the direction of Israeli…


  • Gaza-bound flotilla sails off from Spain’s Barcelona

    International activists on two boats carrying food and medicine aim to break Israeli siege on Palestinian territory Al Jazeera, 15 Sep 2016 Two boats, Amal and Zaytouna, will have 11 women on board each [Courtesy: Rumbo a Gaza] A new flotilla of international activists has left for the Gaza Strip from the Spanish city of…


  • Barcelona Hosts Women’s Boat to Gaza for their inaugural journey

    Women’s Boat to Gaza, September 12, 2016 Barcelona, Spain – From September 12-14, the sailing vessels Amal-Hope and Zaytouna-Oliva will moor at Bosch i Alsina dock in the port of Barcelona where various events (concerts, talks, nonviolent workshops, a street parade and visits to the boats) will take place as farewell for the women leaving…


  • Black Lives Matter Benefit Is Canceled Over Stand on Israel

    The owners of the club have canceled a concert, citing a platform of groups affiliated with Black Lives Matter that calls Israel “an apartheid state” MICHAEL PAULSON, The New York Times, September 8, 2016 Photo Credit: Karsten Moran for The New York Times A popular Broadway cabaret club has canceled a concert benefiting Black Lives…


  • September 17, 2016
    Fighting Bob Fest

    9:00 am – 6:00 pm Breese Stevens Field, Madison MRSCP has activities planned for Fighting Bob Fest. Admission is free although they ask for donations. There are also movies and speakers scheduled for the Barrymore Theater on Thursday and Friday nights before the Saturday main event. Admission will be charged there. This year, we are…


  • October 15, 2016
    WNPJ’s 25th Anniversary Fall Assembly Celebration

    Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice Saturday, October 15, 2016 11:30am to 5pm TBA, Madison, Wisconsin Honoring our Past, Visioning our Future WNPJ is celebrating 25 years of work towards the realization of a peaceful, just, and sustainable world! Our individual and organizational members have done a tremendous amount of work both together in coalition…


  • CODEPINK Petition to Veto California Anti-BDS Bill

    CODEPINK, August 28, 2016 California’s AB 2844 is an attack on the First Amendment right to freedom of speech and protest. It is intended by its authors to create a blacklist of supporters of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns for Palestinian human rights. This is of urgent concern to Californians who will be immediately…


  • I’m Jewish, and I want people to boycott Israel

    The country must be held accountable for its human rights abuses. Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace The Washington Post, June 24, 2016 In 2009, I was living in Tel Aviv during Operation Cast Lead. During that offensive, Israel killed about 1,400 Palestinians in Gaza. When small numbers of us went out…


  • WORT Coverage of Rep. Mark Pocan’s Talk on Israel & Palestine

    WORT 89.9 FM Local News – Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 6:00 pm U.S. Representative Mark Pocan at First United Methodist Church following his recent trip to Israel and Palestine, starting at 09:36. http://archive.wortfm.org/mp3/wort_160823_180001iobytue.mp3 Mark Pocan on Facebook


  • Poll: Small majority of Palestinians and Israelis support two-state solution

    Ma’an News Agency, August 22, 2016 BETHLEHEM (Ma’an ) — A small majority of both Palestinians and Israelis support the two-state solution despite their differing views on the terms of a permanent settlement to peace negotiations, a survey published on Monday found. The survey, conducted jointly by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research…


  • Dr. Mads Gilbert Has A Prescription For Gaza


  • Death threats and detainment: Opposing the Israeli occupation when Palestinian

    This article has raised concern about the welfare of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights staff and our other friends and fellow civil society activists in Rafah and Gaza. Attacks on human rights defenders in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are recurrent, and are part of a consistent Israeli policy targeting voices critical of the prolonged…


  • Israel to crack down further on foreign pro-Palestinian activists

    Israel’s public security minister, Gilad Erdan, said everything possible must be done to weaken the boycott movement. (Tsafrir Abayov/AP) Peter Beaumont, The Guardian, 8 August 2016 Israel is intensifying its campaign against foreign pro-Palestinian activists, announcing that it will establish a taskforce to identify and deport or deny entry to individuals who support the Boycott,…


  • Update: August 23, 2016
    Discussion with U.S. Representative Mark Pocan

    Following his recent trip to Israel and Palestine Fellowship Hall, First United Methodist Church 203 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison (Dayton St and Wisconsin Ave) [Map] 11:30 am (Doors open at 11:00 am due to the large number of RSVPs) Earlier this summer Rep. Mark Pocan went on a delegation trip to Israel/Palestine with several other members…


  • In massive shift, Lutherans vote to halt US aid to Israel

    Ryan Rodrick Beiler, The Electronic Intifada, 17 August 2016 Lutheran church wants US to halt aid to Israel until settlement construction and human rights abuses end. (Ryan Rodrick Beiler) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has become the latest US denomination to take economic action against the Israeli occupation. At its triennial assembly last week…


  • Scottish football club fans wave Palestinian flags during match with Israeli team

    Ma’an News Agency, Aug. 18, 2016 BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fans of the Scottish Celtic Football Club waved Palestinian flags during an international playoff game for qualification for the UEFA Champions League tournament against the Israeli Hapoel Beersheba club on Wednesday. Entire sections of Celtic supporters brought Palestinian flags to the Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow,…


  • U.S. criticizes Israeli settlement expansion, demolitions

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has been looking to improve its relations with the White House. (Amir Cohen/Reuters) Ruth Eglash and Carol Morello, The Washington Post, July 28, 2016 JERUSALEM — The Israeli government’s plans to build new units in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and a spate of home demolitions in Palestinian…


  • US labor board affirms union’s right to boycott Israel

    “As Americans who have a constitutional right to criticize our own government, we certainly have a right to criticize and, if we choose, boycott a foreign government that is heavily subsidized by US taxpayers.” Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 25 July 2016 The United Electrical Workers backed BDS in a vote of delegates at the…


  • GoFundMe Request by Rafah Filmmaker Fida Qishta

    Fida Qishta, who visited us in Madison in 2014 and 2015 to show her powerful first film Where Should the Birds Fly, has been in film school in California. She is looking for donations to help fund her thesis film Equally Damaged. Please consider a donation via the gofundme link or check. As of today,…


  • Breaking: Berkeley Divests from G4S

    Palestinian Rights Groups Cheer Berkeley’s Decision to Divest from Private Prisons Friends of Sabeel – North America, FOSNA Voice, July 22, 2016 To see if your city invests or has a contract with G4S, or to launch a campaign, contact Rochelle@fosna.org. Berkeley, CA, July 19, 2016 — The City of Berkeley will divest from corporations…


  • Gaza Summer Camp

    Gaza Summer Camp — July 17, 2016 Dearest Friends, I would like to thank you all so much for your support to our project “Gaza Summer Camp”. I would also like to inform you that we have achieved our goal. Again your support is much appreciated. Here are some pictures of the first few days…


  • Israeli Defense Minister Compares Beloved Palestinian Poet to Hitler

    JAMES GLANZ, The New York Times, JULY 21, 2016 Avigdor Lieberman, an ultranationalist, said that Army Radio should not have aired a show about Mahmoud Darwish, who is considered the Palestinians’ national poet A memorial for the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish in the West Bank city of Ramallah in 2008. He occupies a unique place…


  • Vote for our Gaza photo in Global Giving contest!

    Our photo (above), taken by Mohammad Mansour, was selected as a finalist in Global Giving’s 2016 Photo Contest! This picture was taken while the first pallet of Luci Lights that we sent was being distributed at the Women’s Project Center in Rafah, Gaza. If we win the competition, we will put the prize money towards…


  • Breaking Ground at Cinema Hebron

    Rabbi Brant Rosen, Shalom Rav, July 17, 2016 This past Friday, I had the honor to participate in an incredible, unprecedented mass action of civil disobedience in the H2 section of Hebron – in the heart of Israel's unjust and illegal occupation. I'll start with a little bit of history: In 1968, a year after…


  • Women’s Boat to Gaza

    Women’s Boat to Gaza, July 20, 2016 Gaza has been under Israeli blockade for the past decade during which Israel has also launched countless attacks against the besieged population, turning their life into a nightmare and a continuous struggle. Through Freedom Flotillas and other naval missions we have brought international attention to their suffering and…


  • Ben Ehrenreich Writes a Love Letter to Palestine

    Next we meet Hani Amer, whose farm lay on the route of the infamous wall. After a long struggle, Amer won the right to have his house and some of his land preserved . . . The Israeli Army built a gate that they opened for 15 minutes every 24 hours. . . Most disturbing…


  • Poetry is not a Crime

    Join over 150 renowned writers, poets, translators, editors, artists, public intellectuals and cultural workers. These signers, from Alice Walker and Claudia Rankine to Naomi Klein and Jacqueline Woodson, represent some of the most respected individuals in the arts and literary worlds. For the list of signers, please scroll down. Dareen Tatour has been charged with…


  • Eleven signs that BDS continues to grow despite Israel’s war of repression

    Palestinian BDS National Committee, July 7, 2016 Palestinian campaigners have launched popular boycott campaigns across the West Bank in recent months The Palestinian-led, global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement was launched eleven years ago as a nonviolent and effective means for progressive people and organisations across the world to support the struggle of the…


  • A Palestinian writer’s damning dispatches from Israel

    Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada, 7 July 2016 Native: Dispatches from a Palestinian-Israeli Life by Sayed Kashua, Grove Press (2016) When novelist and columnist Sayed Kashua announced in 2014 that he and his family would be leaving Jerusalem for the US, the announcement was a minor blip in a summer of death and turmoil in…


  • Why Sayed Kashua Is Leaving Jerusalem and Never Coming Back

    His Last Column for Haaretz Everything people had told him since he was a teenager is coming true. Jewish-Arab co-existence has failed. Sayed Kashua, Haaretz, Jul 04, 2014 Illustration by Amos Biderman. I’m incapable of writing a word. I’ll wait until my boys get back from day camp, then maybe I’ll be able to calm…


  • Second Class Citizens

    Kevin Walsh, July 6, 2016 A 2009 study of the legal status of Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip concluded that Israel’s practices constitute colonialism and apartheid and are illegal under international law.6 The study took 18 months, and contributors included jurists, academics and international lawyers from Israel, the occupied…


  • Gaza: Abandoned in the Middle of Nowhere

    Sara Roy, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, June 28, 2016 During a brief pause to hostilities in July 2014, families returned to eastern Gaza, which saw some of the heaviest bombings. Photo Credit: Oxfam / Flickr Palestinians in Gaza are largely forgotten. They are an invisible people inhabiting a world without rights and possibilities. Over…


  • The Occupation of the American Mind

    US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, July 2, 2016 The Occupation of the American Mind [Trailer] from Media Education Foundation on Vimeo. Dear Friend, I need to let you know about this amazing film and a special opportunity. As you know, nothing shapes American public opinion on Israel/Palestine like the coverage of the issue…


  • Israel releases Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar after imprisonment of 15 months

    Khalida Jarrar greets speaks to reporters in her hometown, the West Bank city of Ramallah, following her release from an Israeli jail on June 3, 2016 (AFP) ANADOLU AGENCY, Daily Sabah, June 3, 2016 RAMALLAH, Palestine — Israeli authorities on Friday released a Palestinian female lawmaker who spent the last 15 months in Israeli jails.…


  • Israeli Court Rules to Keep Palestinian Clown in Jail Without Trial

    Mohammed Abu Saha’s arrest sparked an international campaign by circus performers for his release. Though no charges have been filed against him, Shin Bet claims he’s a member of the PFLP terrorist group. Haaretz, Jun 13, 2016 Mohammed Abu Saha, a circus performer and teacher, has been under administrative detention since December 14, 2015 IN…


  • Unitarian Majority for Divestment; Presbyterians Take it to the Next Level!

    Anna Baltzer, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, June 25th, 2016 I cannot remember a more significant day in church activism for Palestinian rights than the past 24 hours. The largest gathering of UUs in the country just voted on whether to endorse the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)’s recent divestment from companies complicit in the…


  • Palestinian Kids Are A Miracle Too. Santana, Cancel Your Tel Aviv Concert!

    Ramah Kudaimi, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, June 29th, 2016 Musician Carlos Santana is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv on July 30. Santana is committed to the welfare of children and founded the Milagro Foundation in 1998, whose name means miracle and was inspired by the image of children as divine miracles…


  • Gaza’s plight matters to the world

    Elizabeth Kucinich in Gaza (UNRWA USA) Elizabeth Kucinich, The Hill, June 23, 2016 This month, U.S. congressmen, including Reps. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), were refused entry into the Gaza Strip at the Erez crossing while on a fact-finding mission in Israel-Palestine. Israeli authorities, without elaboration, claimed that their application had not met…


  • Clinton to Palestine: Drop dead

    Saban and Clinton, on an earlier occasion Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, June 27, 2016 Have you had an espresso yet today? Have you had a drink? Make that a double! Brace yourself for the news over the weekend from the Democratic Platform Committee. The platform this year will be even worse than previous platforms on Palestine.…


  • Amira Hass: I Went to See the Plight of the Dried-out Settlements. I Found a Pool

    Amira Hass, Haaretz, June 26, 2016 With Israel having cut the Palestinians’ water supply, I visited two settlements where the people are supposedly suffering too. Thus tweeted MK Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi) on Friday: “No joke: We’ve gone back 100 years!” He reported on five stations for providing drinking water that were placed that morning…


  • Are state boycotts of the anti-Israel BDS movement constitutional?

    An Egyptian wears a T-shirt with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) logo in 2015. The state of New Jersey is expected to pass legislation Monday, which would boycott companies that support BDS.(Amr Nabil/AP) Aidan Quigley, June 27, 2016 The New Jersey state legislature is expected to pass legislation on Monday that will prevent the…


  • Israel Lawfare group plans “massive punishments” for activists

    “There’s no such thing as a Palestinian person,” key Israel lobbyist says Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 25 June 2016 “Why are we using the word Palestinian? There’s no such thing as a Palestinian person,” Brooke Goldstein declared to enthusiastic applause at a meeting of key Israel lobby operatives in New York earlier this month.…


  • Jeff Halper on Israel Lawfare group

    Jeff Halper, Facebook, June 25, 2016 This is an important piece by Ali Abunimah, posted on the The Electronic Intifada. It exposes a dark, little-known campaign by the Israel government, Israeli “human rights” lawyers and their allies in the US and elsewhere to pursue a campaign of what they call “Lawfare.” The goal is not…


  • It’s clear which way the wind is blowing

    Churches are making history Anna Baltzer, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, June 23rd, 2016 I just arrived in Columbus, Ohio, where Unitarian Universalists from around the country will have the chance to affirm the recent decision by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to divest from companies involved in the Israeli occupation. The UUA’s historic…


  • June 26, 2016
    Jewish Voice for Peace on WORT

    Sunday 6:00 – 6:30 pm Jewish Voice for Peace, national and Madison, will be the topic of conversation on Sabi Atteyih’s Salamat program. Amanda Hoffman and Fran Zell will represent the local chapter. Salamat WORT’s Arab-American show, Salamat seeks to create bridges of communication, education, entertainment, and understanding of Arabs in general and Arab-Americans in…


  • Amira Hass: Israel Incapable of Telling Truth About Water It Steals From Palestinians

    Water is the only issue in which Israel (still) finds it difficult to defend its discriminatory, oppressive and destructive policy with pretexts of security and God Amira Hass, Haaretz, Jun 21, 2016 Israeli spokespeople have three answers ready to pull out when they respond to questions on the water shortage in West Bank Palestinian towns…


  • Amira Hass: Israel Admits Cutting West Bank Water Supply, but Blames Palestinian Authority

    Israel says region’s intense heatwave combined with Palestinian Water Authority’s refusal to approve additional infrastructure had led to ‘old and limited pipes being unable to transfer all the water needed.’ A water tanker in the Palestinian village of Halhul, near Hebron. Michal Fattal Amira Hass, Haaretz, Jun 21, 2016 Since the start of this month,…


  • Thank Rep. Mark Pocan for Speaking Up for Palestinian Children

    Just Foreign Policy, June 21, 2016 Your Representative, Mark Pocan, was one of 20 signers of the Congressional letter to President Obama urging his administration to take steps to “address serious human rights abuses against Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation.” The letter, organized by Rep. Betty McCollum, calls for a Special Envoy for…


  • Israel Adds $20 Million in Funding for Settlements in the West Bank

    While strengthening the settlements, Israel has continued to demolish unlicensed Palestinian homes and livestock pens Money for “construction of hotels in the main tourism areas in Judea and Samaria,” referring to the West Bank Israeli troops demolishing unlicensed sheds belonging to Palestinians near Yatta in the West Bank on Sunday.(Mussa Issa Qawasma/Reuters) Isabel Kershner, New…


  • Ramadan 2016: Israel 'cuts off water supply to West Bank' during Muslim holy month

    Israeli government insists there is ‘no truth’ in claims and says shortages down to faulty water lines Peter Yeung, The Independent, 17 June 2016 Palestinian children fill bottles with water from a public tap in Khan Younis due to water shortages (file pic) Getty Images Israel has cut off the water supply to large areas of the West Bank,…


  • “We’re at a Turning Point”

    Josh Ruebner & Tamar Ghabin, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, June 16th, 2016 Tell DNC & RNC to Put Palestinian Rights in Their Platforms Last week former Rep. Robert Wexler delivered a banal justification of Israel’s oppression of Palestinians before the Democratic National Convention’s platform drafting committee. Dr. Cornel West, a member of…


  • Urge the Democratic Platform Committee to call for ending the occupation of the West Bank

    Just Foreign Policy, 6/16/16 The Forward reports that former Congressman Robert Wexler is putting pressure on the Democratic Platform Committee not to include language about the occupation of the West Bank in the Democratic Party Platform. Addressing J Street’s annual conference in March 2015, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said: “An occupation that…


  • Andrew Cuomo’s Anti-Free Speech Move on BDS

    Alex Nabaum As a Jew who has lived in Israel and has many relatives there, I feel that the government should not be dictating how I relate to the Jewish state and in what ways I voice my objection to its policies DANIEL SIERADSKI, New York Times, JUNE 12, 2016 IN 1985, Gov. Mario M.…


  • UW-Madison Graduate Teaching Assistants Call for Divestment from Israel

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  • Mental Health Library Campaign

    Palestinian child’s drawing (GMHF) We are launching a project to help Rafah build a Mental Health Library of professional books requested by providers. This is a critical need: the Gaza Strip — one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with two thirds of the population refugees and half younger than 16 years…


  • Ahmad Abu Salama Surgery

    Gaza boy needs specialized medical treatment abroad The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) is bringing Ahmad and his mother to Madison for treatment at American Family Children’s Hospital. See the PCRF web site for information about their health care programs and to donate. The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project is looking for volunteers to help in…