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  • Olive Oil Bottles are Here!

      Playgrounds for Palestine Madison has received a delivery of the Premium Blend 500 mL Bottle AIDA Palestinian Olive Oil, organic and Fair Trade olive oil from small farms in the West Bank of Palestine. You can order online. Read about Playgrounds for Palestine aid to Gaza’s children: “Playgrounds for Palestine is doing all in…


  • December 6, 2023
    Online: How does Israel get away with it?

    War Industry Resisters Network presents: How does Israel get away with it? with Jeff Halper 3-4 pm CT The level of impunity for Israel is striking. How does Israel get away with it? Is it because it is protected as a client state by the world hegemon, the United States? Or because of the collective…


  • November 30, 2023
    Live Event: Palestinian Olive Oil & Dates from the West Bank

    Shop now | Get Involved | Events Supporting Palestinian Farmers in the West Bank: Our Partnership with PARC Learn about Palestinian olive oil and dates from the West Bank and how farmers are faring Live Zoom Event  |  Thursday, November 30 1:00pm-2:15pm Eastern 12:00pm-1:15pm Central 10:00am-11:15am Pacific Register to Attend Please join us on Thursday,…


  • UN World Food Programme to suspend aid to Palestinians

    Palestinians attend a gathering outside UN offices to protest a decision by World Food Program to suspend aid of around 200,000 people in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, in Gaza City, May 7, 2023. (REUTERS/Mohammed Salem) Nidal Al-Mughrabi, Reuters, May 7, 2023 GAZA, May 7 (Reuters) – The World Food Programme (WFP) will…


  • Celebrating Economic Empowerment of Palestinian Women in Gaza

    Middle East Children’s Alliance For International Women’s Day we are honored to share a video highlighting some of the incredible women MECA and our partner the Gaza Urban and Peri-Urban Agricultural Platform (GUPAP) supported during a special project to enhance food sovereignty in Gaza.  


  • Gaza’s olive harvest from farm to table

    Widely regarded as the most blessed time of the year, Palestinian families in Gaza wait all year for the olive harvest season. A Boy in the Shahin Family Helps His Family Pick Olives During the Olive Harvest Season in Gaza, October 2022. (Photo: Mohammed Salem) Tareq S. Hajjaj, Mondoweiss, October 28, 2022 The Shahin family…


  • Update: Back-To-School Backpacks For Rafah Kids

    135 backpacks to Rafah by MECA on our behalf More MECA photos from Gaza     The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project is partnering with the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) to provide back-to-school backpacks to 2000 poor children in Gaza, including Rafah and Rafah camp which suffered significant damage and casualties in the latest Israeli…


  • Daniel Levy: Apartheid Label Must Be a Wakeup Call

    Daniel Levy, President of the U.S./Middle East Project Meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Thursday, August 25, 2022 “The Situation in the Middle East Including the Palestinian Question” I would like to thank the Council and the Chinese presidency in particular for allowing me to share some thoughts with you today. The events of…


  • Life Under Occupation: The Misery at the Heart of the Conflict

    An eviction in East Jerusalem lies at the center of a conflict that led to war between Israel and Hamas. But for millions of Palestinians, the routine indignities of occupation are part of daily life.


  • July 1 & 14, 2021
    VIRTUAL DELEGATIONS TO RAFAH REFUGEE CAMP

    Eyewitness Palestine Join us for a Virtual Delegation to the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip with We Are Not Numbers, Palestinian youth telling the human stories behind the numbers in the news. The camp was established in 1949 and is now home to more than 125,304 refugees according to United Nations Relief and…


  • Israeli Authorities Close Gaza Sea and Ban Palestinian Fishing

    Deterioration of Living Condition For 4860 Fishermen and Workers in Associated Professions Ref: 45/2021 Date: 26 April 2021 Time: 10:30 GMT On Monday, 26 April 2021, Israeli authorities closed Gaza Sea completely and prevented fishermen from sailing and fishing. These Israeli measures are part of the Israeli collective punishment policy practiced against Palestinian civilians in…


  • Update: Fresh Food for Families in Rafah

    Josie Shields-Stromsness, Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) Update for Madison Rafah Sister City Project BACKGROUND The economic situation in the Gaza Strip is deteriorating dramatically as a result of the continuation of the Israeli occupation and the Israeli blockade. The precautions taken to limit the spread of coronavirus including imposing of lockdowns and curfews have…


  • The Marketplace is OPEN!

    Madison-Rafah Marketplace is OPEN for the International Festival (2/27-3/5) and International Women’s Day (3/6)


  • December 11, 2020
    MRSCP END OF YEAR APPEAL

    As 2020 comes to a close, we are writing to ask for your end-of-year contribution to two great efforts: one for Rafah and the other right here in Dane County. RAFAH The economic situation in the Gaza Strip was already terrible due to the Israeli occupation and blockade. Lockdowns, curfews and other measures taken to…


  • December 12, 2020
    Webinar on Gaza Food Production & Security

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  • Palestine Partners and Women in Hebron

    Dear Friends, Last year at this time my friend Laila was visiting the US, bringing the fabulously beautiful hand embroidered work of Women in Hebron to Fair Trade holiday craft shows and church basements and the homes of friends. Laila can’t travel here from Palestine now, and the cooperative can no longer sell their work…


  • Madison’s Virtual Fair Trade Holiday Festival is Open!

    Our online store, Madison-Rafah Marketplace, has added crafts to our olive oil sales. We offer ceramics, embroidery, jewelry, kufiyas, woodcrafts, and calendars. For the month of November make this your one-stop shopping for holiday gift giving. Spend your money on products that support your values. Give gifts that give twice, once to the producer and…


  • November 2020
    Virtual Fair Trade Holiday Festival

    Dear Members and Friends of MRSCP, Mark your calendars for the upcoming Madison Fair Trade Holiday Festival, which has gone virtual this year due to the pandemic. The sale will be during the month of November. Make this your one stop shop for all your holiday gift giving. Spend your money on products that support…


  • Israel Bans Fuel Entry to Gaza

    Warning of Gaza Power Plant Shutdown Ref: 75/2020, 17 August 2020 The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses its deep concern over the repercussions of the Gaza Power Plant scheduled shutdown on Tuesday, 18 August 2020, on all basic services for the Gaza Strip population, especially health and sanitation services, industrial, commercial and agricultural…


  • IOF Tightens Gaza Strip Closure

    Fuel Entry Suspended and Fishing Area Reduced Ref: 72/2020, 13 August 2020 On Wednesday, 12 August 2020, Israeli authorities announced new restrictions on the movement of goods entering the Gaza Strip and reduced the fishing area, in alleged response to the launch of incendiary balloons towards Israeli settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip. The Israeli…


  • The Madison-Rafah Marketplace is Open!

    In keeping with the times, we are now offering Palestinian Olive Oil and Donation and Membership services at the Madison-Rafah Marketplace, a secure online store. A new link has been added to the header menu above. Crafts may be available at the Marketplace in the future. The Marketplace is currently offering Holy Land Olive Oil…


  • What Valentine’s Day Means in Gaza, Palestine

    Hani and his uncle and daughter in front of an UNRWA school in the Gaza Strip UNRWA USA, February 7, 2020 Hani Almadhoun is UNRWA USA’s new Director of Philanthropy. Though he now lives in Virginia with his wife and daughters, he grew up in the Gaza Strip. Hani’s father was an UNRWA teacher in…


  • The U.N. once predicted Gaza would be ‘uninhabitable’ by 2020. Two million people still live there.

    The shoreline in Gaza City during strong winds on Christmas Day (Mohammed Abed-AFP-Getty Images) Hazem Balousha and Miriam Berger, The Washington Post, January 1, 2020 GAZA CITY — Jana Tawil was born in 2012, the same year that the United Nations released an alarm-raising report on the state of the Gaza Strip: If the prevailing…


  • Gaza 2020: How easy it is for the world to delete Palestinian pain

    A man holds the hand of Maria al-Gazali, a 14-month-old Palestinian baby, as her body lies on a stretcher at a hospital in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza on 5 May 2019. She died during an Israeli air strike (AFP) David Hearst, Middle East Eye, 13 December 2019 I would like you to try an exercise.…


  • December 15, 2019
    Laila Hassan from Women in Hebron

    Madison, WI 1:00 — 3:00 pm RSVP for directions   Please join us as we welcome Ms. Laila Hassan of the Women in Hebron crafts cooperative to Madison, where she will be displaying and selling some of the crafts made by the women of the Hebron area. Women in Hebron plays a vital role in…


  • Desperate work for desperate people

    A man carries steel bars with bare hands in a yard filled with scrap metal. (Mohammed Al-Hajjar) Amjad Ayman Yaghi, The Electronic Intifada, 15 October 2019 On 5 May, Israeli airplanes struck targets in Gaza. The bombings came with the usual tragic consequences: 25 Palestinains were killed, among them 14 civilians. Four Israeli civilians also…


  • The Ecological War on Gaza

    Satellite image of herbicide concentration on the Israel-Gaza border. (Forensic Architecture report video) Rob Goyanes, Jewish Currents, September 9, 2019 FOR CENTURIES, the plains that comprise modern-day Gaza were lush with citrus orchards. Though early Zionists claimed to have pioneered the orange industry, Palestinian farmers had maintained orange groves—specifically of the sweet “Jaffa” orange that…


  • Mark Your Calendars: 2019 Fair Trade Holiday Festivals

    November 24: 9 am – 2 pm Annual Fair Trade Sale at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ, 1501 Gilbert Road, Madison 53711. Call 608-271-7212. December 7: 8 am – 3 pm 23rd Annual Fair Trade Holiday Festival at Monona Terrace. Do your holiday shopping with MRSCP and dozens of other Fair Trade vendors at…


  • Apartheid Arms: Why Israel Sells Military Equipment to Human Rights Violators

    According to Amnesty International, over the past 20 years, Israeli military exports went to at least eight countries that have been known for serious violations of human rights,. (Photo: via MEMO) Mohamed Mohamed, The Palestine Chronicle, May 21, 2019 An in-depth report released in Hebrew by Amnesty International’s Israeli chapter provides a damning picture of…


  • Palestinian artist brings Japanese origami to Gaza

    In this January 16, 2019 photo Palestinian artist Ahmed Humaid, 29, works on one of his origami sculptures in his house in Nusseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip. Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, is an unlikely pursuit for an artist living in the Gaza Strip, which has been largely cut off from the…


  • Gaza’s economy is not ‘falling.’ It was pushed.

    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…


  • Islam Maraqa of ISM on WORT

    Gil Halstead with Islam Maraqa on Access 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 blood…


  • Profile of Um Hassan from Al-Masara Village

    Josie Shields-Stromsness, Middle East Children’s Alliance, Apr 12, 2018 Fatima Brejia (more commonly known as Um Hassan) is an organic farmer, community activist, founder of a local women’s organization, and most recently the head of the Al-Masara Village Council! She is the first Palestinian woman to be elected head of a village council. Watch this…


  • One woman tackles two of Gaza’s toughest challenges

    We Are Not Numbers, February 23, 2018 A Gaza man with a SunBox Two of the Gaza Strip’s most pressing challenges are a blockade-induced shortage of both electricity and building materials. And, in this conservative, patriarchal society, it’s a young, female engineer who is tackling both. Twenty-four-year-old Majd al-Mashharawi, a 2016 graduate in civil engineering,…


  • Invitation – JAI-ATG Olive Picking Program 2018

    A program for Civil International Solidarity with Palestinians October 13th (arrival) – 22nd (departure), 2018 West Bank, Palestine Register online now The JAI together with the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG) are organizing the 15th annual Olive Picking Program of 2018. This agricultural event is of special significance to the Palestinian economy when all energies and…


  • Six Miles Out: A Day in the Life of Gaza Fishers

    On the windy evening of January 4, 2017, 33-year-old Muhammad al-Hissi of Gaza set out with 13 of his brothers, cousins and uncles to make a living the only way they know how: fishing. But he never came home. The family was spread out in three different boats, with the waves choppy and stiff, when…


  • Gaza’s health system close to collapse as electricity crisis threatens total blackout

    World Health Organization warns hospitals could be plunged into darkness by end of February without fresh funding to keep emergency generators running Babies born prematurely are crammed into an incubator at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, where experts say ‘dangerous overcrowding’ has become commonplace. (Sarah Helm for the Observer) Rebecca Ratcliffe, The Guardian, 3 Jan 2018…


  • Gaza Lights: Electrical Power for People Under Siege

    The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) “Many mothers told us the same story. Their children are so scared of the dark they won’t even get up at night to use the bathroom. One mother brings home rubbing alcohol from the clinic where she works to make a small fire so her children can have light…


  • Gaza City in the spotlight: hesitant hope in a city where everyone still wants out

    As the UN’s day of solidarity with Palestinians nears, Gazans have restored a hesitant bustle Miriam Berger, The Guardian, Saturday 25 November 2017 Fishermen off the coast of Gaza City, which is home to a 5,000-year-old port. (David Levene, The Guardian) Today Medinat Ghazzah, or Gaza City, is running on empty – and yet still…


  • Israel and the US are trying to prevent publication of a ‘blacklist’ of companies doing business in the West Bank

    Business Insider/Julie Bort Josef Federman, Josh Lederman, Jamey Keaten, Business Insider, November 27, 2017 Israel and the Trump Administration are working “feverishly” to prevent a database of companies that operate in Israel’s West Bank settlements from being published. Dozens of major names are expected to appear on the list, including 100 local companies and 50…


  • Last Month for Gaza Lights!

    Our campaign to provide 50 “Gaza Lights” systems to families in Rafah is into its last month. We have almost raised the $4700 cost of the project. Thanks to those who have given so far. Details on the campaign here: • Halfway There: Help us Send “Gaza Lights” to Rafah!, September 17, 2017 • Help…


  • Halfway There: Help us Send “Gaza Lights” to Rafah!

    HELP US RESPOND TO GAZA’S ELECTRICITY CRISIS A big thanks to those who have helped us get past the halfway point in our campaign to supply rechargeable household “Gaza Lights” to poor families in Rafah. If you haven’t contributed, we can really use your help to meet our goal. The electricity crisis in Gaza has…


  • Gaza Unlocked Stories: Ismael Ramlawi

    Electricity Ismael Ramlawi, 31 — American Friends Service Committee "They have power cuts four or five times every day, which means we lose at least 1 hour of production." At our factory, we produce plastic pipes for use in agricultural irrigation and construction using recycled plastic. Production depends on a regular supply of electricity. It…


  • Gaza Unlocked Stories: Firas Ramlawi

      Education Electricity Firas Ramlawi, 38 — American Friends Service Committee "Classrooms are crowded, class times are shortened, and schools don’t have resources." Take action today: Restore power to Gaza On educationBefore 2000, 90 percent of schools in Gaza ran on single shifts. Now nearly all schools run on double shifts, and a few schools have run…


  • Gaza Unlocked Issues: Electricity

    Gaza Unlocked Issues: Electricity — American Friends Service Committee Gaza’s power system is at risk of collapse. In 2006, the Israeli military bombed Gaza’s only power plant, destroying its six transformers. Under the blockade, the power plant can’t import parts to replace damaged components. Temporary fixes have allowed the plant to function at a minimal…


  • Help Us Respond to Gaza’s Electricity Crisis

      Gaza Lights for Rafah Campaign The electricity crisis in Gaza has reached unprecedented heights, with power now reduced to 2 to 4 hours per day (see Desperate Palestinians Try to Beat Heat and Israeli Blockade Bringing Gaza to Collapse). It is causing terrible suffering for ordinary people there. Without electricity sewage goes untreated into…


  • Gaza Lights Campaign

    The electricity shortage impacts every family in Gaza. Please support the Gaza Lights Campaign!   It’s been 10 years of living under siege in Gaza. Three years after the most brutal Israeli assault. And things keep getting worse. Gaza now gets only about 2 hours of electricity each day. Without electricity sewage goes untreated into…


  • Gaza Unlocked

    What is Gaza Unlocked? For over a decade, two million Palestinians in Gaza have lived under a brutal military blockade imposed by Israel. Media stories about Gaza primarily focus on violence and politics, while stories of how the blockade impacts everyday life remain largely untold. Gaza Unlocked gives you access to first-hand accounts from Palestinians…


  • 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 GAZA STRIP: The Humanitarian Impact of the Blockade

    United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), July 2015


  • ‘Gaza Is Hell’

    Desolation and destiny in a land in limbo Banksy artwork on the ruins of a building destroyed by Israeli bombardment in Beit Hanoun (Alice Su) Alice Su, The Atlantic, May 2, 2015 BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip—Eight months after last summer’s war between Israel and Palestinian militant groups, Gaza remains in ruins. Drive five minutes into…


  • How does Palestine’s economy work?

    Its legal status is contested, its land is divided and thousands of its citizens emigrate every year – so how does Palestine’s economy function? A Palestinian labourer works at a construction site of a residential project funded by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Photograph: Said Khatib/Getty Images Mona Chalabi,…


  • World Bank Report on Area C and the Future of the Palestinian Economy

    World Bank Report No. AUS2922 October 2, 2013 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY i. Restrictions on economic activity in Area C of the West Bank have been particularly detrimental to the Palestinian economy. Area C constitutes about 61 percent of the West Bank territory. It is defined by the 1995 Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and…


  • VOICES OF CONSCIENCE: DELEGATION to THE GAZA STRIP

    Interfaith Peace-Builders, November 5, 2012 November 5, 2012 – Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) is pleased to announce that our 21 member delegation to the Gaza Strip passed safely through the Rafah Crossing Monday morning and is now safely in the Gaza Strip. Interfaith Peace-Builders has sent more than 44 delegations to Palestine/Israel since 2001. This is…


  • Israeli Wall to Ruin Palestinian Economy

    Al Jazeera, August 26, 2005 The Palestinian economy has deteriorated sharply since the start of the uprising in 2000, and Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank will depress it further, a United Nations agency said. The economy shrank 1% in 2004, one in three Palestinian workers was jobless at the end of last year…


  • The Gaza Evacuations

    Disengagement or Tactical Military Redeployment? SHAMAI K. LEIBOWITZ and KATERINA HELLER, CounterPunch, August 24, 2005 The imminent handover of the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority and the evacuation of a small portion of the West Bank from Israeli settlers has been billed by the international media as a turning point in the violent history of…


  • Praying with Their Eyes Closed

    Reflections on the Disengagement from Gaza Sara Roy, MIFTAH, August 20, 2005 Israel’s disengagement plan is widely hailed by the international community, led by the United States, as a first step toward the final resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the establishment of a viable Palestinian state. This essay is a refutation of that view.…


  • Amira Hass: Khan Yunis / No Compensation for Arabs Losing Their Jobs in Katif

    Amira Hass, Haaretz, 14 Aug 2005 Today is Omar’s last day of work for his employer in one of the religious settlements of Gush Katif. He will finish what he began a week ago: packing up the contents of the house and dismantling whatever can be dismantled. “I asked my boss if he would give…


  • Palestine: the economy of despair

    The West Bank city of Nablus is relatively calm at present. Anyone who can raise money, even by selling their jewellery, is investing in the stock market. They want to make enough for a one-way ticket out of Nablus. Benjamin Barthe, Le Monde diplomatique, July 2005 THE sun suits Nablus. It makes the stone buildings…


  • Appeal for Rafah City

    18 May 2004 Dear Madam/Sir, I write to you today with the high hopes that your consistent support to the Palestinian People and commitment to the peace process as the only way out of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would translate into immediate and decisive actions to alleviate the suffering of the devastated Rafah families. As you…


  • Yes, Alice, it does do some good

    Gila Svirsky, www.coalitionofwomen4peace.org4/21/2004 Dear Alice, You were signature number 2,750 on the petition “Open the Gates to Allow Food into Gaza”, and you added after your name, “This won’t do any good, but here goes.” Thankfully, Alice, you were mistaken:  The gates to Gaza have now been re-opened to regular UNRWA emergency food shipments, following…


  • UN has stopped emergency food aid in Gaza

    UNRWA Press Release 1 April 2004 UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Headquarters Gaza website: www.unrwa.org Press Release No. HQ/G/06/2004 The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced Thursday it stopped distributing emergency food aid to some 600,000 refugees in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA said…