Update: June 15, 2021
Book Launch of The Gaza Kitchen, 3rd ed.

6 pm Central

Maggie Schmitt and Laila El-Haddad’s The Gaza Kitchen cookbook is back in a new, expanded 3rd edition with an all-new Authors’ Introduction, new recipes, new photos, and info from Laila’s late-2019 visit back to Gaza. Join us for the June 15 launch in which the authors will review what’s happened in Gaza and what’s happened in Palestinian cuisine since their ground-breaking First Edition came out in 2012. Cuisine is heritage– and also resilience. Laila and Maggie pull it all together!

Register for the book launch webinar.

Pre-order the new edition.

Update: The Museum of the Palestinian People will be holding an online event that features a cookalong with both Laila and Maggie — this Sunday, June 20, at 12:00 pm ET (11 am Central). Reserve yourself a spot at that event.

June 14, 2021
Palestine/Israel: The Bombing is Over, The Occupation Continues

9 pm Central

Presented by The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice and Economics for Everyone

• Alia Taqieddin (Palestinian Feminist Collective) – “Palestine as a Feminist Issue”
• Steve Niva (Faculty, Evergreen State College) – “The Nature, Extent, and Ultimate Reasons Behind the U.S.-Israeli Relationship and How to Challenge It”

Moderated by Peter Bohmer (Faculty, Evergreen State College and Economics for Everyone)


June 17, 2021
One People, Segregated IDs Premiere

12:30 pm Central

Join Rabet for the premiere of our latest documentary, “One People, Segregated IDs”.
Learn more about how Israel’s apartheid policies, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, segregate Palestinians based on their ethno-national identity, issuing different types of IDs for Palestinians depending on their location, each with varying freedoms and rights.

The event will include a panel dicussion as well as a live stream of the documentary, followed by a Q&A session on the ways in which the tiered ID system segregates Palestinians and impacts their basic human rights.

We will be joined by the following speakers:
Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director, Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Maha Abdallah, International Advocacy Officer, The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)

Moderated by:
Mayss Al Alami, Research and Advocacy, the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy (PIPD)

For more information and to attend please register here.

Update: May 18, 2021

Names of Palestinian Casualties as of May 16, 2021
Names of Palestinian Casualties as of May 16

Plaza at Trader Joes
Monroe and Spooner Streets
Madison, Wisconsin
8 — 9 pm

The devastation and loss of life caused by Israel’s unrelenting bombardment of Gaza is drastically escalating, with no end in sight. Today, a General Strike was held by Palestinians in the West Bank and inside Israel in protest of Israel’s assault and in support of Sheikh Jarrah and against Israel’s Apartheid rule. Meanwhile, the reported death toll has risen to at least 217 including 63 children and 36 women. Tens of thousands are displaced and there is widespread destruction of housing, government buildings businesses and infrastructure. For updates, see Middle East Eye.

Here in Madison, MRSCP has decided to hold a lighted sign vigil from 8-9 pm at the circular plaza in front of Trader Joes, at Monroe and West Lawn/Spooner Street.

We have decided to go ahead due to the urgency of the situation and the need to support the Palestinian call for a day of action despite the weather. If there is too much rain, wind, or lightning to do this safely we will shift the vigil to tomorrow night.

Please join us. Dress for the weather and bring umbrellas, a flashlight, and any signs you might have. We apologize for the late notice.

Thanks for your support,
Barb O.

Update: May 15, 2021
Palestine Can’t Breathe Demonstration

And a Facebook video

Reshaping Madison Together

Occupation is a CRIME!

Right now, near the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba and during Ramadan (Muslims’ most sacred time of the year), the Palestinian village of Sheikh Jarrah is being forcefully “evicted” by Israel as settlers try to STEAL the Palestinian homes. The government-sanctioned theft-in-progress sparked a Palestinian uprising against their brutal oppressors. Since then, at least an estimated 70 Palestinians, including dozens of children, have been murdered by Israel’s death squad, otherwise known as the IDF.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Our struggles are all connected and none of us are truly liberated until the oppressed are liberated worldwide.

We can’t breathe in part because Palestine can’t breathe. Did you know that American police are trained to use the very same disgusting, inhumane tactics that IDF (Israeli soldiers) uses to terrorize Palestinians on a daily basis? Police brutality in America is directly linked to our government’s unwavering military, financial, and political support of Israel’s fascist regime — and we can stand for it no longer.

Join us as we stand with our comrades in Palestine fighting for their right simply to exist and to live free from Israeli tyranny. Bring your Palestinian flags, signs, and banners. Don’t forget to wear your keffiyahs!


Hosted by Reshaping Madison Together

May 14, 2021
A Public Affair on WORT

On A Public Affair Friday, May 14 at 12:30 pm, Esty Dinur will be speaking with Mazin Qumsiyeh about conditions in Palestine and Israel.

Qumsiyeh is a Professor and Director of the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity & Sustainability and the Palestine Museum of Natural History at Bethlehem University. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee, Duke, and Yale Universities. He and his wife returned to Palestine in 2008.

May 16-20, 2021
Virtual Delegation to Lifta: Commemorate the Nakba

With your guide Umar al-Ghubari

Eyewitness Palestine

To commemorate Nakba Day this year, we will be traveling virtually to Lifta to discuss the wider historical context of the Nakba. The story of Lifta is one example of about 600 Palestinian localities that were captured, and their indigenous residents expelled, during the Nakba (the Catastrophe) in 1948. Lifta was one of the biggest villages in al-Quds (Jerusalem) district until its occupation in 1948. All of its 3000 residents were forcibly displaced and, even until today, their ability to return to their houses and lands to live has been prevented by Israel. In this Virtual Delegation we will learn about the the life in Lifta before 1948, its occupation during 1948 and Israel’s restrictive policies afterward. We will start by the Palestinian school, which was “converted” to a Jewish orthodox one, and then walk among the ruins in the center of the village around the famous water spring of Lifta.

Umar al-Ghubari is a Palestinian group facilitator, a political educator and lecturer on Palestinian history, identity, the Nakba and return. He coordinates and guides “Nakba & Return Tours” at various destroyed Palestinian localities inside Israel and produce booklets on their history and current situation.

Umar works with Zochrot, an NGO based in Tel Aviv that formed in 2002 to promote acknowledgement and accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba and the reconceptualization of the Return as the imperative redress of the Nakba.

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