May 20, 2022
Shireen Abu Akleh on WORT

Esty Dinur discusses Shireen Abu Akleh and related issues with Osama Eliwat of Combatants for Peace in Jericho.

Combatants for Peace is a non-profit organization of ex-combatant Israelis and Palestinians who have laid down their weapons and rejected violence. We are working together to end the occupation of Palestine, bring just peace to the land, and demonstrate that Israelis and Palestinians can work and live together.

Update: Madison-Rafah Annual Fundraising Drive

Al Samud Playground Dedication

Al Samud Playground Installation

Fundraising for the playground is not complete, but Playgrounds for Palestine has installed equipment to hold the space in the face of settler encroachment. We will be reimbursing them as soon as possible.

This year we are collaborating again with Playgrounds for Palestine to install the Al Samud Playground at a kindergarten on Shuhada Street in Hebron, in the West Bank area of Palestine.

This new playground will be adjacent to the one we helped install at the Qortuba Elementary School in 2016 (Select “Qortuba” at Playgrounds for Palestine).

The Al Samud playground will serve 32 students ages 3 to 5 who live nearby. The area is constantly threatened by militant Israeli settlers who, under the protection of the Israeli army, seek to drive Palestinian families out of the Old City and seize their land and properties. The playground is a rare outdoor play space for the children, but currently lacks equipment. In recent months both children and playground have come under physical attacks.

 Help change this . . .. . . into THIS!

Our friends in Hebron are asking us to help them hold and improve this critical play space by installing playground equipment. The total cost will be around $7,000. Materials and labor will be sourced as locally as possible to support the Palestinian community.

You can donate to the playground project
Online via Playgrounds for Palestine. Write “Al Samud Hebron Playground” in the notes. Playgrounds for Palestine will send you a receipt.
Mail a check payable to MRSCP and marked “Hebron Playground” to:
P.O. Box 5214
Madison WI 53705
MRSCP will send you a receipt.
Online via the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project. Square charges a fee of about 6%, so please consider adding that to your contribution. MRSCP will send you a receipt.

Wright Middle School Outdoor Space

Here in Madison, we are encouraging you to contribute to the Wright Middle School Outdoor Space Project. Those of us who have visited the playground area in Hebron have been struck by how similar the current outdoor space at Wright Middle School looks to the area in Hebron.

In particular, we were moved by this statement from a Wright MS student who was asked why middle schools need playgrounds:

“Right now, when children and families look at our playground, it looks like a prison yard.”

Wright Middle School Outdoor Space

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April 25, 2022: Wisconsin Premiere of the Film Boycott

Just Vision’s new documentary, Boycott, will have its Wisconsin Premiere at the Milwaukee Film Festival on Monday, April 25 at 5:45pm. Boycott follows the stories of a news publisher, an attorney and a speech therapist, who, when forced to choose between their jobs and their political beliefs, launch legal battles that expose an attack on freedom of speech across America.

The film traces the impact of state legislation passed in 33 states – including Wisconsin – designed to penalize individuals and companies that choose to boycott Israel due to its human rights record. A legal thriller with “accidental plaintiffs” at the center of the story, Boycott is a bracing look at the far-reaching implications of anti-boycott legislation and an inspiring tale of everyday Americans standing up to protect our rights in an age of shifting politics and threats to freedom of speech.

April 26, 2022: Webinar on the Palestinian Solidarity Movement

Presented by the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions (ICAHD) and Mondoweiss.

Bob Herbst is a civil rights lawyer, co-chair of the ICAHD-USA board, and a member of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and the Westchester, New York, Peace and Action Coalition (WESPAC).

Phil Weiss is a senior editor at a website that covers Israel/Palestine issues and Zionism, He lives in the Hudson Valley in New York and has long been a writer, working for mainstream news organizations until his opposition to the Iraq war and criticism of Israel made him persona non grata and he began writing on the internet. He is learning music.

April 22, 2022: Earth Day!

In-person activities from 350 Madison

    Friday 5 pm on Library Mall
    Saturday 10 am at the Capitol Square Farmer’s Market


Online: Frontline Demands for Climate Justice

Speakers from Palestine, the Philippines and other Indigenous Communities

This Earth Day, speakers from Palestine, the Philippines, and other indigenous and frontline communities will discuss the conditions of climate disaster in the midst of intensifying militarization. Under the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the U.S.-backed Duterte regime in the Philippines, trees and forests are uprooted for settlements and extractive industries while land defenders are harassed and killed. Meanwhile, indigenous people here demand an end to criminalization and the return of their land. Clearly environmental justice means defunding the militarization that destroys both land and life.

Learn about existing legislation that focuses on ending U.S. complicity in human rights abuses supported by our foreign military funding programs, including H.R. 2590, the Palestinian Children and Families Act, and H.R. 3884, the Philippine Human Rights Act, as well as other vehicles that advance international climate justice by centering those most impacted by the combination of climate change and U.S. backed administrations.

Hosted jointly by the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and the Malaya Movement USA, co-sponsored by Adalah Justice Project, Friends of Wadi Foquin, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, NDN Collective, and MADRE.

April 8, 2022
Film: Jenin, Jenin

    6-7:30 pm
    Room 4281, Helen C. White Library

UW-Madison Students for Justice in Palestine presents the documentary film “Jenin Jenin” about Israel’s massive 2002 assault on the Palestinian camp of Jenin in the West Bank.

Directed by the prominent Palestinian actor (and Israeli citizen) Mohammed Bakri, this classic film has been shown around the world and was banned in Israel.