October 21, 2021
Google and Amazon employees against Project Nimbus

Four Google & Amazon Employees to Speak Out About Historic Campaign on Thursday, October 21st at 8 PM EST

More than 1,000 Google and Amazon employees have joined forces and gone public against Project Nimbus, a 1.2 billion dollar contract with the Israeli military and government.

Since the launch of the campaign, 20,500 people have sent emails to Amazon and Google demanding they pull out of this contract. The pressure is building and the workers need to be heard!

On Thursday, October 21st at 8 PM EST, four employees will join AMP live on YouTube and Facebook in a first and exclusive conversation to discuss this historic campaign, the cross-company collaboration, details of Project Nimbus, how both companies have reacted to the campaign, and what’s to come.

 

In solidarity,

Taher Herzallah
Director of Outreach & Grassroots Organizing, AMP

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October 22, 2021
2021 Edward Said Memorial Lecture with Susan Abulhawa

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern
The Jerusalem Fund

In this year’s Edward Said Memorial Lecture, Susan Abulhawa will provide valuable insight into Israel’s global arms trade and exports, and how this ties into Israeli settler colonialism and oppression of Palestinians.

Susan Abulhawa is a novelist, poet, essayist, scientist, mother, and activist. Her debut novel Mornings in Jenin (Bloomsbury, 2010), translated into 30 languages, is considered a classic in Anglophile Palestinian literature. Its reach and sales has made Abulhawa the most widely read Palestinian author. Her second novel, The Blue Between Sky and Water (Bloomsbury, 2015), was likewise an international bestseller. Her third novel, Against the Loveless World, was published by Simon & Schuster in August 2020. She is also the author of a poetry collection, My Voice Sought The Wind (Just World Books, 2013), contributor to several anthologies, political commentator, and frequent speaker.

Please note that all times are in US Eastern time.

Click here to register for the event on Zoom

Click here to watch the live stream on YouTube (no registration required)

Update: October 16, 2021
Palestinian Olive Oil and Crafts Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, Oct 16, 10 am – 4 pm
1924 East Dayton Street, Madison [Map]

Off First Street between East Washington and East Johnson
(Rain date: Sunday October 17 at 317 Rethke Ave, 11 am – 3 pm)

Palestine Partners and Playgrounds for Palestine will hold a fall Sidewalk Sale to celebrate the olive harvest. Handmade Palestinian crafts from Women in Hebron Fair Trade Cooperative and Olive Oil, Soap and spices from Playgrounds for Palestine.

Beautifully embroidered bags, purses, scarves and pillow covers, handmade earrings and other beautiful crafts from Women in Hebron Fair Trade Cooperative in the West Bank. Palestinian-made Kuffiyas, the beautiful traditional shawls of Palestine, in an amazing array of colors, made in Palestine’s one surviving Kuffiya factory in Al Khalil (Hebron). Fair Trade Olive Oil from small farms in Palestine, Olive Oil Soap, and Zatar spice, all from Playgrounds for Palestine.

Hosted by Palestine Partners and Playgrounds for Palestine.

Stand with Palestine Yard Signs will be available for purchase. Celebrate the olive harvest! Please come out and support Palestinian artisans and farmers and their communities as they struggle to the health and economic impacts of COVID and a recent increase in settler aggression throughout the West Bank.

You can also shop online for crafts and yard signs at Palestine Partners and for Oil at Playgrounds for Palestine.

Note: Please wear a mask to the sale in order to protect others. Disposable masks and hand sanitizer available.

October 12, 2021
No Way to Treat a Child Webinar

On Tuesday, October 12, at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific, please join the No Way to Treat a Child campaign for a webinar to unpack U.S. military funding to Israel. We’ll discuss the different kinds of military funding that the U.S. sends to Israel, share updates from Capitol Hill that affect Palestinians and our advocacy efforts, and hear from grassroots activists working to advance Palestinian human rights.

Sign up for the webinar

Between the Iron Dome supplemental funding vote and the new Two-State Solution Act, it was a busy September with lots to track for Palestinian human rights activists. We’ll go into depth explaining how the recent events in Congress relate back to H.R. 2590 and how you can continue organizing in support of this bill and rights-based policy supporting Palestinian rights.

Everyone who registers will be sent information for how to join via Zoom. If you aren’t able to attend live, please register and I’ll send you the recording a few days after the webinar.

In solidarity,

Miranda Cleland
Digital Communications Manager
Defense for Children International – Palestine

Update: October 3, 2021
Turath Baladna (Our Country’s Heritage)



Sunday, October 3, Noon – 3 pm
James Madison Park shelter

614 E Gorham St, Madison, WI

Wishing you could visit Palestine? Don’t miss this free outdoor celebration of Palestinian dance and culture.

Dance performance by Milwaukee’s Traditional Palestinian Dabka group Al-Ghurba. Free Palestinian snacks and sweets. Taste and celebrate this year’s Olive Harvest! Purchase Palestinian Olive Oil, soap and spices from Playgrounds for Palestine and learn about the playground funded by donations from Madison in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Shop early for the holidays from a selection of Palestinian Kuffiyas and handmade earrings, jewelry and embroidered shawls, scarves, household items, bags, purses and more, made in Palestine by Women in Hebron Craft Cooperative and available in the US from Palestine Partners.

Enjoy a free demonstration of the traditional Palestinian art of Henna painting and have an artist decorate your hands.

Door Prizes, including Olive Oil, a traditional Kuffiya made in Palestine’s last Kuffiya factory, and a hand embroidered coin purse made in Hebron.

This event is free and open to the public. Although the event is in an open park shelter we ask that you wear a mask, to keep yourself and other guests safe. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available free.

Presented by Students for Justice in Palestine, Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, Playgrounds for Palestine Madison Chapter, Palestine Partners, grassroots group Madison for Palestine, and the U.S. Palestinian Community Network.

October 9, 2021
Webinar with Filmmaker Fida Qishta

Join the US Boats to Gaza webinar with documentary filmmaker Fida Qishta, who has just returned from several months in Gaza. Fida will speak about the current conditions in Gaza and show clips from footage she filmed after the latest Israeli attack on Gaza. She will also talk about her upcoming new documentary, We Are Here: Our Dreams Are Not Rubble.

Fida’s earlier documentary Where Should the Birds Fly? about the brutal 2009 Israeli attack on Gaza won international acclaim.

Whether or not you can participate in the webinar, we encourage everyone to donate to Fida’s new documentary to help with editing and production costs.

Fida Qishta is an award-winning filmmaker. Her full-length documentary, Where Should the Birds Fly?, has won film festival prizes and been translated into Spanish, French, Hebrew, Arabic and Portuguese. It is the story of Israel’s years-long siege of Gaza and its 2008-2009 attack, told through the eyes of Mona Samouni, 10 years old, and the filmmaker.

Fida was born and raised in Rafah in Gaza, where she founded The Life Makers Centre/Rafah, an educational center for children. The Centre provides a safe place for children, all of whom have been affected by war, to play, learn, and get needed counseling.

Fida has worked with international human rights observers, documenting daily life under military occupation. Her commentary has been published in The International Herald Tribune/New York Times; video reports have been published in The Guardian and The Observer.

US Boats to Gaza

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Update: August 28, 2021
Sidewalk Sale of Palestinian Crafts!

The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project and Palestine Partners successful yard sale during the Orton-Front Festival (above).

If you missed it and want to buy Palestinian crafts or yard signs you can still contact rafahsistercity@yahoo.com or visit Palestine Partners.


August 28, 10 am to 4 pm outside 1820 Rutledge St, Madison [Map]

Madison-Rafah Sister City Project and Palestine Partners will hold our first in-person crafts sale since February 2020, near Yahara Park during the Orton-Front Festival. Stop buy to see beautiful fair-trade crafts from Gaza, Hebron, and other parts of Palestine, including embroidery, ceramics, wood products, jewelry, keffiyehs, and olive oil soap.

You can browse before the sale at the Madison-Rafah Marketplace!

(Rain date is Sunday, August 29 at the same location, from 11 am to 3 pm)


August 16, 2021
Webinar: From Bethlehem to Gaza with Laila El-Haddad and Vivien Sansour

Palestinian Culinary Resilience & Liberation!

Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)

Laila El-Haddad and Vivien Sansour cook up a treat as they share stories of Palestinian liberation. Laila & Maggie Schmitt have just published the 3rd edition of Gaza Kitchen, available from Just World Books.

More information and registration