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2018

  • On the 39th Friday

    The Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege Israeli Forces Kill 3 and Wound 115 Other Civilians Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Ref: 138/2018, 21 December 2018 On Friday evening, 21 December 2018, Israeli forces Killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a person with a mobility impairment, and wounded 115 other civilians,…


  • ‘Warning strike’ killed two Palestinian teenagers B’Tselem, 19 December 2018 The case On 14 July 2018, around 6 P.M., the partially constructed al-Katibah Building in Gaza City was the target of an Israeli airstrike, consisting of four initial missiles, followed by four larger strikes. The first missile killed two Palestinian teenagers, Amir a-Nimrah and Luai…


  • Keep Hope Alive

    Bethlehem, Palestine20 December 2018 Joint Advocacy Initiative, The East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine



  • Senator Richard C. Shelby, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, has objected to unrelated bills clinging to his panel’s work. (Erin Schaff for The New York Times) Emily Cochrane, New York Times, December 17, 2018 WASHINGTON — Just days away from a partial government shutdown, lawmakers are weighing adding a contentious measure to a stymied spending…


  • A Senate bill aims to punish those who boycott Israel over its settlement policy. There are better solutions.


  • Israeli Forces Blow up Building Belonging to Abu Hmeid Family for the Third Time Ref:135-2018, December 15, 2018 As part of the collective punishment policy adopted by the Israeli forces against the families of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against Israeli soldiers or/and settlers, on Tuesday early morning, 15 December 2018, the Israeli forces…


  • A Non-violent Woman is Eventually Targeted by the Israel Defense Forces Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), December 4, 2018 Around a month and a half after being injured by the Israeli forces, pain so far dwells in the body of Palestinian woman Malinah al-Hendi (34) and hinders her responsibility of taking care of her…


  • Gaza writer Tarneem Hammad receives award at the Gaza AFSC office. Gaza Unlocked Blog Team, American Friends Service Committee, December 3, 2018 Tarneem Hammad, 24, was born in Saudi Arabia, but now lives in Gaza and is an English literature graduate from Al-Azhar University. For part-time work, she is an English language trainer. Tarneem loves…


  • Nadya Siyam receives award at AFSC office in Gaza. Gaza Unlocked Blog Team, American Friends Service Committee, December 3, 2018 Nadya Siyam lives in Gaza city and studies English Language and Literature at the Islamic University. She is a writer for the “We are Not Numbers” project where she writes in a narrative style about…


  • Rahf Hallaq receives her award at the Gaza AFSC office. Gaza Unlocked Blog Team, American Friends Service Committee, December 3, 2018 Rahf Hallaq is a 19-year-old sophomore student at the Islamic university of Gaza studying English Literature. She aspires to complete her higher education in Literature and become a professor. Reading is her favourite hobby…


  • Migrants running from tear gas fired by American border agents near the fence at Tijuana. (Credit: Hannah Mckay/Reuters) Brittany Dawson, PALESTINE SQUARE, December 6, 2018 When hundreds of Central American migrants arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, in late November, planning to claim asylum in the United States, U.S. Customs and Border Protection closed the San Ysidro…


  • The Marquee Cinema, Union South 1308 West Dayton Street , Madison 7:00 pm Join UW Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), the UW Middle East Studies Program, and the Wisconsin Union Directorate Film and Society & Politics Committees for a screening of the documentary Five Broken Cameras. The documentary will be followed by a moderated…


  • Chris Morrill, Grassroots International, November 20, 2018 al-Amal Hotel, destroyed by Israeli airstrikes, November 13, 2018. (Photo by PCHR Field Workers) On Tuesday November 13, Israeli airstrikes in Gaza killed two Palestinian civilians and wounded 20 others. The airstrikes destroyed a number of buildings and followed a botched raid by Israeli special forces. Some are…


  • November 29, 2018 Today is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Over 7 million Palestinians are refugees – scattered around the globe. In the face of incredible hardship and oppression, Palestinians continue to demand the implementation of their rights – including the right to return to their homes from which they were…


  • for Defending the Rights of the Palestinian People November 30, 2018 ADC is proud to stand with Dr. Marc Lamont Hill for defending equal rights for the Palestinian people. ADC condemns in the strongest terms the abhorrent decision by CNN to fire Dr. Hill from his position as a commentator with the network. Dr. Hill…


  • On Thursday, November 29, 2018, CNN announced that it had severed ties with Temple University Professor and CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill over a speech he gave in support of Palestinian human rights at the United Nations a day earlier. Professor Hill addressed the UN on International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, drawing…


  • On Wednesday, Marc Lamont Hill, a political commentator on CNN, delivered a speech to the United Nations in support of the Palestinian people. He advocated for their human rights, outlined how Israel denies Palestinians their basic liberties, and asked the international community to ‘commit to political action’. The next day — under pressure from right-wing…



  • CodePINK, November 19, 2018 This is a huge victory! Moments ago, Airbnb announced they will no longer list vacation rentals in illegal Jewish-only West Bank settlements. It’s been exactly two years since we took the stage at Airbnb Open to confront actor Ashton Kutcher. “Airbnb is profiting off the displacement of Palestinians and human rights…


  • A Public Affair, November 15, 2018 On today’s episode, we take a look at the water crisis in Gaza and its effects on the inhabitants there, particularly the children. The discussion also highlights people-to-people grassroots efforts happening here in the U.S. to respond to the disaster, along with local ecumenical projects for peace in the…


  • Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza City seaport in July 2018. (Ashraf Amra | APA images) Maureen Clare Murphy, The Electronic Intifada, 14 November 2018 Israel killed a fisherman in Gaza less than 24 hours after a ceasefire ended intensive bombing against and rocket fire from the territory. Gaza’s health ministry identified the slain man…


  • A new war would lead to the collapse of an already-debilitated medical infrastructure in Gaza, Palestinian health officials warn. A wounded Palestinian protester is evacuated and treated at Al-Awda Hospital in Gaza City, after the Israeli navy tried to block a flotilla that set out to break the decade-long blockade with gunfire and tear gas…


  • Israeli troops have crossed into Gaza over 70 times this year alone, according to the UN. And those are only the incursions we know about. File photo of Israeli troops deployed along the Gaza border. (Miriam Alster/Flash90) Henriette Chacar, +972 Magazine, November 14, 2018 [Editor’s note: In accordance with our legal obligation, this article was…


  • Thursday, Nov 15 12 noon – 1 pm A Public Affair with host Allen Ruff will feature guests Zeiad Abbas Shamrouch, Executive Director of the Middle East Children’s Alliance, and Jeff Spitzer-Resnick, President of Congregation Shaarei Shamayim, discussing the water crisis in Gaza in advance of Madison’s November 20 fundraiser for Clean Water for the…


  • Contaminated and scarce water owing to Israel’s brutal siege and bombing of infrastructure leads to death and disease. A Palestinian woman bathes her son with water from a tank filled by a charity inside their dwelling in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip July 3, 2017 [Mohammed Salem/Reuters] Sandy Tolan, Al Jazeera, 29 Oct…


  • Barely three percent of Gaza’s drinking water wells is fit for human consumption, and the crisis is claiming lives. Mousa Hilleh, 48, rebuilt his home after the 2014 Gaza war and says not having access to clean water is a major concern [Abdel Kareem Hana/Al Jazeera] Sandy Tolan, Al Jazeera, 30 Oct 2018 This article…


  • Scars of Freedom

    Addameer, 16 October 2018 “Scars of Freedom” describes the Palestinian experience of arrest, interrogation, and life in captivity that carries great political, economic, and social impact. From the beginning of the occupation to the present day the arrest and incarceration of Palestinians has been used continuously to suppress their aspirations for independence and freedom, to…


  •   American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) | November 13, 2018 | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) condemns in the strongest terms Israel’s recent airstrikes against the Gaza Strip. On November 12, 2018, Israeli military aerial attacks killed at least seven Palestinian civilians. Additionally, Israel has bombed and destroyed several civilian buildings in Gaza, including family homes,…


  • Ma’an News, Nov. 13, 2018 BETHLEHEM — The Israeli Cabinet reportedly decided on Tuesday afternoon to resume the offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip, following a nearly seven-hour meeting. Hebrew-language news sites reported that following a meeting that lasted for nearly seven hours, the Israeli Cabinet decided to continue airstrikes targeting the Gaza Strip “as…


  • Stop the war! Move towards peace! Occupation Magazine, Nov. 13, 2018 Hebrew original forwarded by Standing Together media@standing-together.org, translation Adam Keller Today at 20:00 — Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem — The Standing Together movement, along with various peace groups, will demonstrate today (Tuesday, Nov. 13) throughout the country, demanding a complete change of direction. Instead…


  • November 18, 2018 Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ 1501 Gilbert Road, Madison 9 am – 2 pm Join MRSCP at this annual sale of unusual and beautiful gifts and holiday items. Help people around the world to be self-sustaining by giving the gift that gives twice: once to the producer, and once to the…


  • First Unitarian Society 900 University Bay Drive Madison 7:00 pm Help provide a Maia Project water filter from the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) to serve clean drinking water to 3,250 students of two schools and their families in Rafah. This is a joint project of Congregation Shaarei Shamayim, First Unitarian Society of Madison, Jewish…


  • Monona Terrace Convention Center 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison 8 am – 3 pm Come visit the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project and dozens of other vendors selling fair trade products from around the world at Madison’s Fair Trade Holiday Festival! FREE! Bring your friends & family to this one-of-a-kind event! More info? Visit http://www.fairtrademadison.org/.


  • We stand with the victims of every white-supremacist and racist and anti-Semitic assault back through history. A memorial at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Phyllis Bennis and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, The Nation, October 28, 2018 Let’s be clear: The attack in Pittsburgh is what real anti-Semitism…


  • Alex Kane, The Forward, October 27, 2018 Robert Bowers was angry at Jews. But the 46-year-old alleged killer of at least eleven people in a Pittsburgh synagogue seemed most angry at Jews for one particular reason: They were helping Muslim refugees flee to safety in America. In posts on Gab, the social media network favored…


  • Amnesty International, 19 October 2018 Fears of escalating bloodshed are rising ahead of planned protests in Gaza later today after Israeli authorities announced a “zero tolerance” policy towards demonstrations along the Israel/Gaza fence, said Amnesty International. The organization is calling on the Israeli government to rein in its armed forces, which have routinely used unnecessary…


  • I see the parallels with Israel It took an international effort to end institutionalised racism in my country – now it must happen again, for the Palestinian people Relatives of 12-year-old Faris Hafez al-Sarasawi at his funeral. He was killed after Israeli soldiers’ intervention in the ‘Great March of Return’ demonstrations in Gaza, October 2018.…


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  • Israeli Forces Kill 7 Civilians, Including a Child 224 Others, Including 42 Children, 3 Women, 3 Journalists and a Paramedic, Are Wounded The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Ref: 111/2018, October 12, 2018 On Friday afternoon, 12 October 2018, using excessive force against the peaceful protesters in the eastern Gaza Strip for the 29th…


  • Hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace-Madison and Congregation Shaarei Shamayim Sunday, October 14 First Unitarian Society, Main Sanctuary 900 University Bay Drive, Madison 4 – 6 pm Come hear about this important effort to provide clean drinking water to children in Gaza. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Free and open to the public,…


  • October 7 UW-Madison Union South 1308 West Dayton St 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Door opens at 1:00 PM 1:30 PM: Welcome Remarks by Masood Akhtar, Founder, We Are Many – United Against Hate 1:40 PM: National News Coverage, Muslim Father Forgives Son’s Murderer 1:45 PM: “Demystifying Muslims and Islam” by Dalia Mogahed, Director of…


  •   Monday, October 8: First Unitarian Society 900 University Bay Drive Madison Schedule 5:30 pm – Community Potluck 6:30 pm – Drumming and welcoming by Indigenous Leaders 7:00 pm – Showing of The Eagle and The Condor – From Standing Rock with Love 8:00 pm – Panel/Community Discussion about the importance of supporting “Water Protectors”…


  • Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN) Phil Weiss and Annie Robbins, Mondoweiss, October 2, 2018 The highlight of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights conference that concluded Sunday in St. Paul was a speech by U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) that was that very rare and brave thing in mainstream US politics: an unapologetic endorsement of Palestinian…


  • Palestinians walk past a sign painted on a wall in Bethlehem, in the West Bank, in 2015 that calls for a boycott of products coming from the Israeli settlements. (Thomas Coex/Agence France-Presse) Isaac Stanley-Becker, The Washington Post, October 1, 2018 Mikkel Jordahl, a lawyer in Sedona, Ariz., can now choose to buy a different brand…


  • Palestinian laborers protest against the continued Israeli siege and the spread of unemployment in Gaza City on May 1, 2018. (Photo: Ashram Amra/APA Images) Marilyn Garson, Mondoweiss, September 27, 2018 The economic and social situation in Gaza that has been declining for over a decade, has deteriorated exponentially in recent months. . . The situation…


  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2018 House Democrats Condemn Trump Administration’s Actions Harming the Palestinian People WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02), James P. McGovern (MA-02), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Betty McCollum (MN-04), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) today released the following statement condemning the Trump Administration’s recent actions harming the Palestinian…


  • Israeli Forces Kill 1 Child and Wound 137 Civilians, including 26 Children, 4 Paramedics and 1 Journalist Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), September 7, 2018, Ref: 97/2018 On Friday afternoon, 07 September 2018, using excessive force against the peaceful protesters in the eastern Gaza Strip for the 24th Friday in a row, Israeli forces…


  • Madison Central Library 201 W Mifflin St 7:00 pm, 3rd Floor Since 2006 the speaker has been spending from one to three months per year accompanying Palestinian children to school past Israeli settler checkpoints in the village of Tuwani and the surrounding South Hebron Hills of the West Bank. She initially volunteered with Christian Peacemaking…


  • You are invited to FOSNA’s national meeting in Minneapolis: Prophetic Action. This event is on track to be one of the largest ecumenical gatherings of Christian leaders and activists for Palestinian rights. Participants will discuss liberative theologies across faiths, celebrate growing church wins, and reflect on the impact of their activism! Along with keynote speaker,…


  • Together We Rise will be a space for people to connect with and learn from others working in support of Palestinian rights across the country, and renew our commitment to the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. The program includes sessions such as Resilience Across Movements, Updates from Palestine, Intersectional Feminism and Gender Justice, Palestine…


  • Zaha Hassan, Palestine Square | Institute for Palestine Studies, August 3, 2018 “Continuing services to refugees is a right, not a handout.” This was the message last week of one of the thousands in Gaza who came out to protest the UN Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) decision to not renew 154 employment contracts in…


  • “Visiting Israel in 2018 and not talking about Israel’s military occupation of Palestinians is like visiting the Deep South in the 1950s and not talking about Jim Crow segregation.” YouTube, Aug 25, 2018 Here’s why young Jews are walking off their Birthright tours of Israel in favor of learning firsthand about Palestine.


  • Palestinians waiting to cross the border to Egypt in May. (Adel Hana/Associated Press) New York Times Editorial, September 1, 2018 The Trump administration has offered various explanations for cutting aid to the Palestinians and stopping all contributions to the United Nations agency that supports five million Palestinian refugees: They need to learn to help themselves.…


  • ‘Doomsday scenario’ could unfold unless Palestinian agency replaces US funding within 30 days, spokesperson says. Al Jazeera, 01 Sep 2018 The UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) has called the decision by the Trump administration to no longer commit funding “deeply regrettable” and “shocking”. Chris Gunness, spokesperson for the United Nations Relief Works and Agency, said…


  • 3 paramedics killed and 103 medical staff injured The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has launched a video titled: “Medical Personnel Under Fire”. The video sheds lights on the serious violations committed against Palestinian medical personnel while rescuing the casualties of the peaceful March of Return. The video shows that Israeli forces used excessive…


  • “We can change people’s minds by defending our cause” Ahed Tamimi sits July 30 in the backyard of her family house in the West Bank village of Nebi Saleh, near Ramallah. (Nasser Nasser / Associated Press) Noga Tarnopolsky, LA Times, Aug 02, 2018 Nebi Saleh, West Bank — Two days after her release from an…


  • Tightening Closure For 3rd Time in Less Than Month Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), August 2, 2018 Ref: 80/2018 The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the Israeli authorities decisions to tighten the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip, completely close the sole commercial crossing “Karm Abu Salem” and ban the entry…


  • Israelis marching at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem in May to mark the occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967 (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images). Sayed Kashua, New York Times, July 30, 2018 We were driving our rental car out of Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv. “Dad,” my oldest daughter said as we listened to the radio, “what’s…


  • 10 am – 6 pm Common Ground 2644 Branch Street, Middleton MRSCP will be tabling for the Maia Project at the Midwest Waterfest, A Celebration of Life – music, speakers, food, activism, information, fun! Stop by to check out the Waterfest events and stop by our table, we’ll be selling olive oil & olive oil…


  • 1:00 pm First Unitarian Society 900 University Bay Drive, Madison First Unitarian Society and Congregation Shaarei Shamayim invite you to attend a program on July 22 at FUS to learn how you can help members of our Madison community who have immigration difficulties. Lawyers from the Community Immigration Law Center, which operates a free clinic…


  • ONLINE from The Palestine Center Washington, DC 12 noon – 1 pm Central Pastor and activist Rev. Graylan Hagler will highlight the intersections between the Palestinian cause and other contemporary social movements. His work has focused on Black liberation, economic justice, community organizing, and mobilizing faith communities. Watch the event live online. Biography of Speaker…


  • [pdf-embedder url=”http://madisonrafah.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/lanterns-for-peace-2018-poster.pdf”] 6:00 pm 1500 Sherman Avenue Madison Free and open to the public. For more info visit Physicians for Social Responsibility.


  • A vote of 62 to 55 with two abstentions Arab lawmakers protesting as Parliament passed a law on Thursday that defines Israel as the “nation-state of the Jewish people.” (Olivier Fitoussi/Associated Press) David M. Halbfinger and Isabel Kershner, New York Times, July 19, 2018 JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has long demanded…


  • Just Foreign Policy, July 19, 2018 This morning, Democracy Now had a hard-hitting report on the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen. They combined highlights of the PBS Newshour series with an interview with Jane Ferguson, the PBS Newshour journalist who “smuggled” herself into Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen to report on conditions there. You can watch [and…


  • Tuesday, July 24 at 7 PM – 9 PM First Unitarian Society of Madison 900 University Bay Dr, Madison, Wisconsin Join us for a special presentation by Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, “Hope in the Shadow of the Wall” at First Unitarian Society of Madison. July 24, 7pm. Free and open to the public. Rev. Dr.…


  • Wednesday, July 25 at 7 PM – 9 PM Christ The Solid Rock Baptist Church 1502 Parkside Dr, Madison, Wisconsin Pastor Mitchell of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church will present with Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb on “The Black Church and Palestinian Theologies: Intersections of Faith in the Face of Empire”. Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb…


  • (Photo: Gay Liberation Network) Mondoweiss, June 24, 2018 Confounding many people’s expectations, our “We Stand With Palestine” contingent in the Chicago Gay Pride Parade Sunday, June 24th – with its huge 160 sq foot banner, “Israel: STOP killing Palestinians!” – was met with almost universal approval by the approximately 1 million people who lined the…


  • Dr. James Zogby, Arab American Institute (AAI), June 09, 2018 Back in 2016, without debate or an actual vote, the US Senate stealthily passed a disturbing and dangerous piece of legislation called “The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016” (AAA). The bill would have required the Department of Education (ED) to apply a State Department (DOS)…


  • Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), July 14, 2018 In a new war crime, on Saturday, 14 July 2018, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians and wounded 23 others, including 2 children, in a series of airstrikes targeting an uninhabited al-Katiba building, which is located next to a public park in a densely populated area…


  • Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawai’i, June 26, 2018 Washington, DC — Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case: “Along ideological lines, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s…


  • If Americans Knew, May 10, 2017 Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, bragged to the number one pro-Israel lobbying organization in America about the many ways she’s blocked Palestinian human rights from being addressed by the United Nations. At AIPAC’s policy conference in March, she…


  • International Socialist Organization – Madison Saturday, June 23 at 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM UW Library Mall, Madison, WI The Trump administration has ramped up its attacks on immigrants, separating children from their parents when crossing the border with no clear plan of reunifying them. The trauma and harm this is causing these families is…


  • Sign up for a June 30 Event! Saturday, June 30 at 3 p.m. State Capitol, State St Entrance Madison, WI Donald Trump and his administration are cruelly separating children from their families. But we won’t allow it to continue. On June 30, we’re rallying in Washington, D.C., and around the country to tell Donald Trump…


  • The justifications given for the deaths of Palestinian protesters just don’t add up Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 1, 2018. Israeli tear gas canisters fall toward Palestinian protesters and medics during clashes with Israeli security forces along the Israel-Gaza border. Photo courtesy dpa picture alliance/Alamy Stock Photo. Muhammad Shehada and Jamie Stern-Weiner, VICE, Jun 12…


  • Aiden Pink, Information Clearing House, June 13, 2018 Not many in the media are noticing, which is understandable given the burden of keeping up with Donald Trump, but in the shadow of Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, Bernie Sanders is dramatically challenging Beltway discourse on Israel. In 2020, when Sanders likely runs for president, and journalists…


  • CODEPINK, June 16, 2016 This weekend is the Presbyterian Church’s biannual General Assembly. Among the many social justice issues they will address is a resolution calling on real estate giant RE/MAX to stop facilitating property sales in illegal Israeli settlements. In 2016, right before the last Presbyterian Church General Assembly, RE/MAX founder and then-CEO Dave…


  • Now Through Saturday, June 16: Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church, 1502 Parkside Dr., Madison 241-9796 First Congregational Church, 1609 University Ave., Madison 233-9751 Midvale Community Lutheran Church, 4329 Tokay Blvd., Madison, WI 238-7119 Memorial United Church of Christ, 5705 Lacy Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53711 273-1008 Lutheran Church of the Living Christ, 110 N. Gammon…


  • Palestine: Unlimited

    Elaine Pasquini, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, 2017 March-April Throughout the month of December, photographs from the first annual Karimeh Abboud Award Competition were on display in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco. The exhibition, “Palestine: Unlimited,” was presented by the charitable organization Bright Stars of Bethlehem. Bright Stars is dedicated to the…


  • Community Cocktail

    Through June 30 at Gib’s Bar, 1380 Williamson St, Madison The Madison Rafah Sister City Project was chosen for the June Community Cocktail at Gib’s! Our custom cocktail is called “Soul Sister” to represent Sistering with MRSCP — it is a refreshing mix of vodka, arak, lemon and mint. Simply ask for the “Soul Sister”…



  • Image via Sacramento to Bethlehem Cities for Palestine, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and Others, June 6, 2018 This week, Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip are marking the 51st year of the brutal Israeli military occupation. As the resistance to Israel’s oppression continues across Palestine, we have a…


  • Bill Glauber and Amed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 6, 2018 Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, said America’s recent move to relocate its embassy to Israel will help advance the cause of Middle East peace. During an address Tuesday at the Milwaukee Rotary Club, Dermer called President Donald Trump’s decision to open…


  • The Peace Report, June 5, 2018 Israel will be testing their Arrow 3 weapons system, among other things, on Kodiak Island, Alaska in the summer of 2018. The Arrow 3 weapons system was funded and developed by both Israel and the United States. All amenities and resources will be provided for the Israeli military free…


  • Razan al-Najjar, 20, was trying to help an injured protester near the border fence when she was fatally shot by Israeli soldiers, witnesses say. Last month, she spoke to The Times about the challenges she faced as a female medical volunteer. (June 1, 2018, Yousur Al-Hlou) Iyad Abuheweila and Isabel Kershner, New York Times, June…


  • The Warsaw Ghetto was liquidated and burned to the ground by Nazi soldiers in May 1943 in response to Jewish resistance to the mass extermination of the Jews of Warsaw. (PHOTO BY STANISLAW PAWELEK)   Jenny Pressman, The Cap Times, May 30, 2018 Let Gaza live. The bitterly ironic confluence of the personal and political,…


  • Milwaukee County Progressives No Palestine Exception Jewish Voice for Peace – Milwaukee Tuesday, June 5, 11:15 AM – 1:30 PM Milwaukee County War Memorial 750 N Lincoln Memorial Dr Milwaukee, WI   [Map] Since March 30th, Israeli snipers and military have killed at least 113 unarmed Palestinian in Gaza, and wounded more than 12,000. On May…



  • Gaza Needs Your Help DONATE NOW! I am far from Gaza right now, in the UK, but I am speaking with my friends, my family and my medical colleagues there every day. I know doctors and nurses are working night and day to treat the people injured in the recent massacres. The aftermath of this…


  • Palestinian protesters run for cover from teargas fired by Israeli troops near the border fence, east of Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Israel faced a growing backlash Tuesday and new charges of using excessive force, a day after Israeli troops firing from across a border fence killed 59 Palestinians and…



  • Donate for Gaza Now

    I know you’re horrified by the news from Gaza—the slaughter of unarmed protesters who are simply demanding freedom; the deliberate targeting of medical staff and journalists; The murder and maiming of women, children and so many young men. Families in Gaza desperately need medical aid and food. With your help now, MECA can provide them:…


  • Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman, The Cap Times, May 17, 2018 Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, May 14, 2018, left, and on the same day, Palestinians in Gaza City carry the body of Mousab Abu Leila, who was killed during a protest at…


  • Institute for Middle East Understanding, 5/18/18 Members of The Red Nation​ expressed their solidarity with Palestinians and their struggle for freedom by dropping a large Palestinian flag from a 100 ft cliff in Window Rock, the capital of Navajo Nation. [Video via @The_Red_Nation ] pic.twitter.com/93Ud98jzlI — The IMEU (@theIMEU) May 18, 2018


  • Members of Madison-Rafah Sister City Project and Jewish Voice for Peace-Madison did a banner drop today over University Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin . . . at evening rush hour . . . in solidarity with the people of Gaza. Thanks to all the honking support!


  • Representatives Mark Pocan, Dan Kildee, and Hank Johnson Jr. were denied the opportunity to witness conditions on the ground firsthand John Nichols, The Nation, 5/14/18 A Palestinian demonstrator shouts during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border on May 14, 2018. (Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) The Trump administration’s response to the killings of dozens of…


  • #RightofReturn

    War on Want, May 14, 2018 Palestinians in Gaza are gathering to demand their collective rights, including their Right of Return. As we commemorate 70 years since the Nakba, when Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their homes, it is crucial that we learn about, talk about, and campaign for the right of return for refugees,…


  • A Palestinian child holds a sign on Land Day. Samir El-Omari and Barbara Olson, Madison365, May 11, 2018 For the past six weeks, Gaza has been in the news as residents have been protesting near the barbed wire fence and free-fire “no-go” zone that traps them under Israel’s siege and blockade of the impoverished territory.…


  • Tamara Nassar, The Electronic Intifada, 25 April 2018 Ahed Tamimi’s lawyer called for an investigation into sexual harassment during the teenager’s interrogation. (Oren Ziv, ActiveStills) Israeli lawmaker Bezalel Smotrich published a tweet on 21 April calling for a Palestinian child prisoner to be shot. Smotrich wrote that he was “very sad” that Ahed Tamimi is…